Winter dehydration can have a serious impact on your body, so please drink enough water (even if you are not thirsty)
In cold weather, the body’s thirst response is diminished (by up to 40 per cent even when dehydrated). This happens because our blood vessels constrict when we’re cold to prevent blood from flowing freely to the extremities. (If you’ve ever had cold hands in winter, you know the feeling.) This enables the body to conserve heat by drawing more blood to its core.
But because of this, the body is fooled into thinking it’s properly hydrated, e.g. you don’t feel as thirsty and your body doesn’t conserve water. Thus, in cold weather, athletes are less likely to drink water voluntarily, and additionally, their kidneys aren’t signalled by hormones to conserve water and urine production increases, a condition call cold-induced urine diuresis.
So diminished thirst response and increased urine production are two contributing factors. Yet, there are several others that can lead to winter dehydration, including:
- Wearing extra clothing. Heavy jackets, long underwear and other pieces of warm clothing help your body conserve heat. But the added weight is one factor that makes the bodywork between 10 and 40 per cent harder.[ii] By working harder, the body produces more sweat, contributing to the fluid loss.
- Increased respiratory fluid loss.[iii] In cold weather, we lose more fluids through respiratory water loss. For example, when you can see your own breath, that’s actually water vapour that your body is losing. The colder the temperature and the more intense the exercise, the more vapour you lose when you breathe.
- Sweat evaporates more quickly in cold air. We often think we aren’t sweating in cold, dry weather because it tends to evaporate so quickly. This is another factor that can contribute to a diminished thirst response.
Here’s why you simply can’t do without water, even in the winters:
- Prevent heartburn: Drinking less water makes you more prone to heartburn and acidity.
- Fight fatigue: Lack of water is the number one trigger of fatigue. Even mild dehydration – as little as a one-two per cent loss of your body weight – can sap your energy and make you tired; that’s because muscles need a proper electrolyte-water balance in the body to function properly.
- Avoid constipation: Lack of water clogs up the system and builds up toxins; plus when the body doesn’t get enough water, it takes what it needs from internal sources leading thus to constipation.
- Avoid joint pains: Lack of water makes the cartilage brittle and hampers their ability to function properly (cartilage is made of about 95 per cent water). This increases friction in the joints, resulting in joint deterioration and pain.
- Beat back pain: Minimising back pain can be as simple as hydrating our body. The water stored in the spinal disc core supports approximately 75 per cent of the upper body’s weight. When the disk dehydrates, it loses its efficiency and this may lead to back pain. Yes, our spine is dependent upon the hydraulic properties of water.
- Make headaches disappear: Dehydration is a major factor for headaches and migraines. Migraines usually occur because of excessively dilated blood vessels due to stress, heat and dietary allergies. Dehydration can worsen each of these factors.
- Make the skin supple: A dehydrated body robs the skin of water, leaving it dry and papery. Water hydrates us from the inside out, creating a fresh, healthy look. So the easiest, most natural way to a radiant skin is – yes, drinking enough water!
- Prevent bloating: When we don’t drink enough water the body starts retaining extra water to compensate for this shortage. This water is often stored in extracellular spaces and shows up as a bloated face, hands, legs and feet. So, to eliminate water retention we need to drink more fluid rather than less.
Easiest and the Best Way to Stay Hydrated: H-Rich Water:
Healthy water is not only clean but gives healthy properties like Alkalinity, Antioxidant nature, good Hydration & Detoxification.
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