Why is it Important to Drink Water in Winter as Well?
Winter, which will officially start tomorrow in the Northern Hemisphere, reminds Amali Messika, Chief Dietitian at Strauss Group, to provide us with good reasons to drink enough water even when it’s cold and rainy outside.
As the weather gets colder, we tend to look for anything that can warm us up, both inside and out. Let’s face it, the “Winter’s official warmers” list doesn’t include a refreshing glass of water, nor does it qualify as a first aid tool during the cold days.
But let’s not be fooled by intuition: I gathered for you the most important reasons for drinking water in the winter – the bottom line is that it is just as important as drinking water in the summer.
As the temperature outside gradually drops, we find ourselves near a heater or air conditioner, covered in layers of clothing. The artificial hot environment we create can cause dehydration in our body and skin. Drinking eight glasses of water a day helps our body maintain its fluid balance and even helps us keep our skin rejuvenated.
it is very important to ensure sufficient supply of water as we would do during warmer days.
Water comprises two-thirds of our body, and we utilize this bodily resource during our various daily activities - eating, breathing, walking and more. Along with the physical activity which we continue to perform in winter, even though it's on a smaller scale than in the summer, it is very important to ensure sufficient supply of water as we would do during warmer days.
Typically, during winter we tend to take comfort in various foods that are often high in calories. The higher the balance of "comfort" foods in our menu, on top of chocolate and other confections, the more hot beverages such as coffee and tea we will drink.
In this context, it is worth remembering that sweetening hot beverages with sugar increases our daily caloric intake quite a bit. Sometimes we don't refer to them as "foods" but as 'drinks', but they can be a significant source of added winter calories, along with reduced physical activity. Please note that placing hot beverages under "drinks" sometimes causes reduced calorie-free drinking such as water.
In conclusion, don't let the cold weather fool you, and don't eliminate drinking water. Water is a key component that supports our physical function and boosts our sense of freshness and vitality all year round.