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Dehydration is more common in the winter months | Kiaora Place

Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Dehydration is common in the winter months

Or top tips for keeping your fluid intake up

Winter is all about all snuggling up under warm coats and cosy scarfs. It’s about toasty warm heaters and air conditioning to keep the cold air away. It’s about delicious, hearty meals to warm the soul.

But cooler weather, 24/7 heating and cold winds can also mean dehydration. Without the heat and humidity of the Aussie summer to remind us to drink water, it’s all too easy to become dehydrated.

To keep you looking and feeling great all winter long, here’s our top tips for keeping your fluids up so you can send dehydration packing.

Dehydration is more common in winter

It may seem counter intuitive but it’s true. Your thirst diminishes by up to 40% during winter meaning you’re more likely to become dehydrated.

Why are we less thirsty in winter?

When we’re cold, our blood vessels constrict, preventing blood flowing to extremities such as our hands and feet. Your body will also work harder to maintain your core temperature and become less concerned with looking after your fluid balance. This tricks your body into thinking its hydrated.

Indoor heating

Keeping you warm during winter means heat is sometimes running 24/7. And warm heat is really dry. Have you noticed you’ve been using more hand or body cream than usual due to dry, even cracked, skin?

Add to this in winter we tend to work, sleep, eat and socialise indoors more often, so you’re exposed to this dry heat from most of the hours in the day. This causes you to lose fluids more rapidly and become dehydrated more easily.

Why water is so important

Your body is made up of about 70% water. Your brain is a staggering 75% water. So it makes sense that dehydration will have some serious effects on you and your body. Water also removes waste from your body, helps keep you cool by sweating and evaporating from your lungs when you breathe.

How much water do you need each day?

Health direct suggests the following daily water intakes:

Women – 8 cups a day (add another cup per day if pregnant or breastfeeding)

Men – 10 cups a day

Children – between 4 cups a day (one year olds) to 6–8 cups a day for teenagers

Signs you’re dehydrated

Some of the tell tale signs you’re heading towards dehydration are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches
  • Lack of concentration
  • Lack of energy
  • Dizziness
  • Increased thirst
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Urinating less often
  • Not sweating

Tips to stay hydrated during winter

Take your water bottle with you – just like you do in summer. Because it’s cold, it’s easy to forget to take water with us. Make it a daily habit whatever the season

Keep track of your water – buy a gorgeous Mud Australia water jug or stunning acrylic clear pitcher from Zjoosh. And make sure to download one of the many apps available to help you track your daily water intake

Eat water dense food – warm winter soups as well as the usual fruit and veggies are great for boosting your fluid levels

Staying hydrated during winter is easy once you set yourself up for success