Are you ready to take on the winter water challenge?
Water is the elixir of life, we all know that! Yet so many of us don’t drink enough of the good stuff on a daily basis. A recent study revealed that 89% of people in the UK don’t drink enough water. As the seasons change and the weather grows colder, individuals are more inclined to drink even less.
Drinking water in winter is just as important as it is during summer. Dehydration can hit hard during the cooler months, leaving our bodies depleted of the energy and immunity it needs to fight off seasonal nasties, like colds, flu, and sore throats. We want to inspire the nation to drink more this season, the question is – are you ready to take on the winter water challenge?
The benefits of drinking water in winter
With the plummeting temperatures, reaching for a glass of cool water is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Making a conscious effort to hit those water drinking targets however is a must, especially during the winter months.
Dehydration affects the body in many ways during winter, with fatigue, dry skin and chapped lips just some of the symptoms you’ll experience. By drinking more water in winter you can hydrate from the inside out.
Water ensures internal body functions are as efficient and effective as they can be. Better digestion, enhanced energy levels, and improved weight management are also made possible by drinking more water.
Your appearance is another thing that will be improved by drinking water. The cold winter air can be harsh on the skin, while the dry air generated by radiators at home can dehydrate skin further. By drinking more water, you can prevent the dull and dry skin that people often accept during the winter months and realise a healthier, brighter complexion.
Get started by setting milestones
Every winter water challenge should begin by setting milestones for drinking more water. The main reason why people struggle to stay hydrated is that they simply forget to drink, but by setting milestones throughout the day you can hit that coveted eight glass target. A well hydrated day begins with the first glass, which should be as soon as you wake up as Everyday Health explains:
“Without water to wake up and turn on the body in the morning, you may be running on empty, especially if you skip breakfast. A glass of cool water right after you wake up tells your body that it’s time to get going. Like a gently flowing stream that pushes along debris and rocks, your circulatory system needs fluid to get rid of stubborn free radicals and residue from burned calories used during the night’s metabolism.”
Make it your mission to drink water before each meal and snack, before and after a workout, and when you start to feel any hunger pangs, and hit those daily targets easily and without much thought at all.
Top tips for drinking more
There are further steps you can take to drink more water as part of your diet. During the winter months, exploring your hydration options is beneficial, particularly if you’re feeling the chill. Herbal teas are great options for those looking to warm themselves and stay hydrated. You can enjoy a hot and hydrating beverage all day with these top rated insulating bottles.
Carrying a water bottle with you at all times will make hydrating less of a chore and more of a convenience. You don’t have to get all your water from what you drink either. There are tons of water-rich foods that can be explored and added to your favourite recipes to up hydration levels.
Whatever your drink of choice, choosing filtered water over tap water will make drinking water much tastier. Check out our range of drinking water filter systems here.