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Staying hydrated in the winter


            In the summertime when it is hot and you sweat, it is easy to tell that hydration is important. Nothing quenches your thirst better than an ice cold beverage. But in the wintertime when it is cold out, many times the last thing people want to drink is cold water. One thing to remember, though, is that you don’t have to drink cold water to get the benefits of hydration.

            There are several reasons why you need to stay hydrated but that is not what we will be discussing today. The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. This should be adjusted based on your activity level as well.

1.      Drink warm beverages. Warm water with lemon in it or some hot tea are great ways of staying warm and getting your water intake. Be aware that caffeine can dehydrate you so decaffeinated tea is a great option.

2.      Certain foods, especially fruits and vegetables, have a high water content. Eating your water is a great way to stay hydrated.

3.      Like mentioned above, limit your alcohol, sugar, and caffeine intake. These can dehydrate you which will make it an uphill battle to stay hydrated.