Water- Drinking enough?
- Jan 30th 2014
In the winter we tend to drink lots of hot drinks to keep us warm but how much water are you drinking? Winter brings dry heat and it dehydrates us even more, usually when we realize it we’ve already got a headache or no energy.
They say you need to take your weight in pounds, divide by 2 and drink that many ounces of water a day. So, if you weight 120, you need to drink 60 ounces of water daily. I know it can seem like a mammoth quest but you can also count herbal tea as long as there’s no caffeine.
Being dehydrated in the winter can cause all sorts of problems like:
- Low energy
- Dry skin
- More prone to getting sick
- Sore throat
- Not sleeping well
- Being cold all the time
There’s other maladies too but these are the biggies. I keep away from bottled water, especially the stuff in plastic, that’s always bad news. Instead, I go for filtered tap or just plain tap water. Drinking a big glass of cold water right before you go out will help to keep you warm too, your body will heat up to deal with the water. Hot drinks will cool you down since your body adjusts to release the extra heat. It’s simple but also counter-intuitive, try it and see what happens.
Even if you’re not thirsty, do yourself a favor and have a tall glass of water, you’ll feel better and be healthier.