In fact, it’s estimated that an eye-watering 75% of adults living in the USA are chronically dehydrated.
Drinking water is an important habit in any healthy lifestyle, just a 1% drop in total body water content can negatively affect your cognitive ability and overall mood.
Most people tend to make a habit out of staying hydrated during the warmer summer months, after all, you’re more likely to be outside and sweating more than normal. However, it’s equally as important to stay hydrated during the colder, winter months - and arguably harder to manage.
In the colder months, we tend to sweat less and feel less of the ‘tell-tale’ signs of dehydration, such as feeling thirsty, getting dry-chapped lips, or experiencing general fatigue - all of which could easily be mistaken for the change in temperature.
What are the winter months well known for?
Christmas. Warm, cozy drinks. ski-trips. And the Flu.
When the temperature drops and the snow starts falling it’s easier than ever to catch a cold - after all, the flu loves the cold weather.
The dry, crispy air of the Fall and Winter months will dehydrate you just as quickly as the sweltering heat of the Summer - dehydration mixed with the cold temperature makes it exceptionally easy for germs to spread.
So, if you’re looking forward to a Flu free winter season - stay hydrated.
Your skin will also benefit greatly from staying hydrated as the temperature drops; the cold, dry air is really good at drying out your skin, chapping your lips, and causing outbreaks.
When you’re hydrated your skin won’t be as dry and won’t be as flaky - additionally, using a strong facial moisturizer ensures your skin stays on it's A-game.
And finally, staying hydrated keeps you warm.
Your body needs fluid to regulate your internal body temperature, in the Summer your sweat will cool you down, in the Winter being dehydrated can cause your internal body temperature to drop - and when it’s cold outside the last thing you want to be is cold inside.
If you’re planning on making the most of the snow, Christmas markets, and beautifully aesthetic Fall and Winter months staying hydrated will keep you warm, energized, and healthy.
Even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you do in the Summer months that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aim to drink the same amount of water. The ideal amount depends on your gender, age, general health, and a few other important variables.
The general consensus is to drink between 8-10 cups of water per day. If you’re physically active, pregnant, or breastfeeding it is recommended to drink up to 12 cups per day.
The important thing to take note of is that each and every person is different, and each and every person’s water requirements will differ. If you need help determining what is the right amount for you, consult with your doctor.
The important thing is that if you’re already drinking the correct amount of water per day is to keep it up - don't slack because you don’t feel as thirsty. But, if you’re not currently in the habit of drinking enough water and want to get started, here are a few tips:
If you find drinking water plain, boring, and just generally unenjoyable then we’d recommend adding fruit to your water bottle. There are hundreds of possible combinations for you to try, but we’d recommend trying Cucumber and Mint, Lemon and Lime, and Berries.
Building a new habit isn’t easy, whether it’s waking up at 6 am, having a Cold Shower, or drinking enough water - everybody struggles, and that’s okay. Having a community of accountability partners to help you on your journey, that will support & cheer you along when times get tough, is one of the most important things you can do when building a new habit.
The 60-day Hydration Challenge will help you master the habit in just 60-days; providing a community of supportive, friendly Water Warriors that are there for each other - to help each other build the best habit you can build for your physical and mental health; drinking water.
Anybody can take the challenge and join the community; not only will you fall in love with drinking water, but you’ll also receive 10% off your first Live Infinitely Water Bottle to help make drinking water fun and easy.
Here are some fall infused water recipes.
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