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Tip of the Month: Stay hydrated

A person holding a glass of water In the colder months, we don’t always remember to stay hydrated. Sweat evaporates quickly in the cold, so you may not feel like you’re sweating a lot. What’s more, we don’t sense our thirst very well in the cold. The fact is, dehydration can occur in the winter and it can have a negative effect on your mood and energy.

Here are 6 tips to help you stay hydrated:

  1. Drink water throughout the day – when you wake up, during/after exercise, with meals and snacks, and even when you’re active outdoors.
  2. Fill up a water bottle or mug with water. If you need a little extra flavour, add sliced cucumbers or citrus. Bring the water bottle to your work station or keep it in your purse/backpack so that it’s visible and readily available.
  3. Drink warm fluids. Sometimes it’s easier to consume warm fluids during the winter. Try a latté, hot chocolate, hot tea or bowl of hot soup. They can be so comforting on a cold, chilly day.
  4. Enjoy a variety of fruits and veggies which have a high water content. Some great options are apples, pears, berries, melons, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini and lettuce.
  5. Set a timer to drink water. Or plan to drink 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fluids for every hour that you’re awake. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. The amount of water that you need daily can range between 11-15 cups, and varies depending on your activities and sweat levels. This can include drinking water as well as the fluids from food and other beverages.
  6. Check your urine. If you’re well hydrated, your urine should be clear or light yellow.

 

Written by Sue Mah, MHSc, RD, PHEc, FDC, award-winning dietitian, Nutrition Solutions Inc.

 

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