Stay Hydrated this Winter

dec-blog-04In winter as the temperature begins to drop, the air starts becoming drier. Due to this our bodies too show signs of de-hydration with roughness of the skin, dry cough, chapped lips, etc. Our intake of water during winter also falls appreciaably as we dont experience the kind of thirst that we do in summer or other seasons of the year.

70% of our body is made up of water and thus require a good amount of hydration anytime, any season. But during winters as we tend to get less thirsty we tend to feed our body with less water than during other seasons.

When we keep our bodies well hydrated, our appetites are more regulated. But, in case we are not drinking enough fluids, our metabolic functions get affected resulting in our inability to assimilate fat. This in turn prevents us from recognizing thirst, believing it to be hunger and leading us to eat more than its needed.

The amount of water one should drink varies from person to person. Factors such as our weight, activity level, gender and age needs to be taken into account before arriving at the ideal water intake level.

For people leaading a sedentary life 6-8 glasses per day is good enugh but if someone is indulging in physical activities one needs to drink 8-12 glasses of water per day

At times it can be difficult for us to keep up with the water intake levels in winter weather as we really dont feel the urge to drink. In such cases water-based foods – can act as a natural source of water while also providing rich vitamins and minerals. Some of these food include watermelons, apples, grapes and cucumber are a few fruits which can help up the water levels in our body.