Have you noticed that the colder it gets outside, the harder it becomes to drink water? The appeal of a hot cup of tea or coffee is just too strong. However, just because it is winter doesn’t mean you’re safe from dehydration. Staying hydrated is crucial if you’re trying to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What makes drinking enough water during the colder months so difficult is the fact that your body’s thirst response is reduced by up to 40% in winter. This is by your body trying to conserve heat by constricting blood vessels and drawing blood to its core.
Winter dehydration can cause all sorts of unwanted symptoms including dry skin, chapped lips, headaches and dry coughs. During winter you lose a lot more fluid due to the water vapour being lost through your mouth – that steamy cloud you see every time when you exhale in cold air, that’s H2O.
One way of combining H2O and enjoying a warm, soothing beverage is by drinking herbal teas. Delicious varieties such as lemon, ginger, fennel, peppermint or dandelion tea will ensure that you’re adequately hydrated. Adding to its benefits, herbal tea has a range of health benefits including relief from constipation, bloating and IBS, easing nausea and headaches as well as cleansing your blood, liver and kidneys. You can buy these at any health or whole foods store. Most office water coolers have a hot water option, so making a cup of herbal tea is just as convenient as pouring a glass of ice cold water.
If you’re not a fan of herbal teas, you can also try drinking a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon, sweetened with half a teaspoon of honey. This is a great way to not only quench your thirst, but also boost your immune system and soothe a sore throat.