Drinking the requisite amount of water a day is easy to do in the summer. It’s when the weather starts getting cooler and we don’t experience as much thirst that we forget to drink as much water as our body really needs.
When the weather is hot, most of us are eager to grab the nearest bottle of cold water and glug it down rapidly. But in the winter, many of us can go all day without even thinking about drinking water. This is a highly unhealthy practice as the change in season makes very little difference in diminishing the importance and requirement of water by the body.
Why we don’t drink much water in the winter
The reason for not feeling as thirsty in the winter is quite simple. Unlike in the summer, we don’t sweat a lot and hence don’t feel thirsty that often in the winter.
But I’m not sweating! Do I really need a lot of water?
Thanks to the crisp weather, we tend to get hungry often in the winter and end up eating a lot of food. To aid and hasten the process of digestion, water is needed by the body. By not consuming the right amount of water, digestive problems like constipation and others can take place.
Furthermore, water is also needed to keep the skin supple, soft and moisturized during the dry winter months.
The fact is, that maintaining hydration is vital for the proper functioning of the body, irrespective of season.
How much water should one drink in the winter?
Water requirements can vary depending on the gender and activity levels of the person.
- Men — 8 – 10 glasses of water
- Women — 6 – 8 glasses of water
- Exercising men — 10 – 14 glasses of water
- Exercising women — 8 – 12 glasses of water
- Lactating women — 7 – 10 glasses of water
All these quantities are in approximation and vary from person to person.
Creative ways to increase water consumption in winters
If you find it cumbersome to force yourself to drink plain old water all the time, there are several other interesting ways to ensure you’re getting the right amount of water:
- Fall in love with herbal teas this winter. Surprise your taste buds with a varity of them such as ginger, lemon, cinnamon, fennel, and peppermint. Herbal teas are known to be rich in antioxidants as well.
- Have a bowl of clear soup before each meal. It will not only fill you up and provide nutrition but also increase the water content in your body.
- Use water as a humidifier in the room, especially for children.
- For adults, a steam bath can be a good option to instill moisture in body.
A word of caution: Avoid going overboard in drinking regular tea and coffee during winters as they are high in calories (because of sugar) and caffeine.
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