Winter Dehydration

by | Jul 19, 2023 | Health

We often associate dehydration with scorching summer days, but the truth is, dehydration can be worse during the colder months. Winter has its own unique set of challenges, regardless of where you reside. As the temperatures drop, we tend to crank up the heat indoors to stay cosy. However, that dry, warm air can swiftly deplete the moisture from our bodies, leaving us feeling tired, sluggish, and lacking vitality. To make matters worse, the chill in the air often diminishes our thirst sensation, making it easy to forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Winter dehydration is easily mistaken for seasonal blues, fatigue, or increased hunger.  

The Urgency of Hydration

Alarmingly, research in Australia has revealed that the average daily water consumption among adults falls significantly short. Adults only manage to meet 37% of the recommended total daily water intake, even when considering all sources of fluid, including food moisture. This highlights the urgency and importance of prioritising hydration in our daily lives.

7 Signs of Winter Dehydration

Winter fatigue and dehydration

Now, you might be wondering, “How do I know if I’m experiencing winter dehydration?” Fear not, here are seven (7)  telltale signs that you could be in need of some extra hydration:

#1: Dark and smelly urine

Now, you might be wondering, “How do I know if I’m experiencing winter dehydration?” Fear not, here are seven (7)  telltale signs that you could be in need of some extra hydration:

#2: Increased fatigue

Feeling unusually tired and lacking energy could be a direct result of not giving your body enough hydration. Be mindful that you could be struggling with a combination of Seasonal Affective Disorder and dehydration resulting in excessive fatigue during the colder, darker months.

#3: Dry throat and lip

That parched feeling in your throat and chapped lips are often indicators that your body is craving moisture.

#4: Headaches

Dehydration can trigger headaches and make it difficult for you to focus and concentrate.

#5: Poor concentration or memory

If you find yourself struggling to remember things or feeling mentally foggy, it could be a result of insufficient hydration.

#6: Mood swings

Dehydration can impact your mood, leaving you feeling irritable, moody, and overall not yourself.

#7: Increase in hunger or cravings

Winter tends to increase appetite, but when coupled with dehydration, it can lead to intense cravings for sugary and refined carbohydrate foods.

5 Simple Tips to Stay Hydrated

Tips to stay hydrated in Winter

Let’s explore some effective solutions to keep you hydrated and full of energy all Winter long. Here are five (5) simple tips that will make a world of difference:

Tip #1 – Drink up!

Aim to consume at least 2 litres or eight glasses of water per day. If plain water just doesn’t cut it, add a refreshing twist by squeezing a slice of lemon or infusing some fresh mint leaves or fruit. Explore the world of herbal teas without caffeine for added variety and taste.

Tip #2 – Eat your water!

Fruits and vegetables are nature’s hydrating heroes. Indulge in juicy delights like cucumber, oranges, lettuce, grapes, tomatoes, pears, celery, zucchini, pineapple, capsicum, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries, and spinach. Not only will they keep you hydrated, but they’ll also provide an energy boost to power through those Winter blues.

Tip #3 – Limit caffeine and alcohol

I know how tempting it is to cosy up with a warm cup of coffee or unwind with a glass of wine on those chilly evenings. However, it’s important to remember that caffeine and alcohol can actually dehydrate your body. So, enjoy these treats in moderation and balance them with ample hydrating fluids.

Tip #4 – Harnessing the power of reminders

In our busy and distracted world, it’s easy to overlook our basic needs, including staying hydrated. Reminders are a powerful tool. Create visual cues around you, such as signs that say “Drink water!” or set alarms on your phone or computer to remind you to hydrate every hour.

Tip #5 – Harnessing the power of pairing

Better yet, pair hydration with activities like making a phone call or sending an email. By implementing a sip of water each time you do one of these activities, think about how much you’ll significantly increase your hydration levels!

Following these simple tips and prioritizing hydration, you’ll nourish your body, mind, and skin, ensuring a Winter filled with energy and vitality. 

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