Winters are the year’s delight. Basically people belonging to the tropical region wait for it so that they can get rid of the never ending hot and humid climate. It’s the time of blankets, cute socks, jingle bells and all the merry. Sometimes the cold is too harsh on us and makes us less likely to do our properly. Of all the demerits that winter normally cause, the worst one is the scarcity of water intake. Water is the most basic need for our body to function. It fuels all the essential elements in the interior as well exterior parts of the body. It’s very convenient to consume cold beverages or cold water during extreme summers where as the same is difficult in winters. Water boosts our immune system there by helping us to stay fit and healthy during cold seasons.
As water builds metabolic rate of our body, it makes us feel full for longer duration. The water intake of an individual depends upon his or her body weight and the amount of physical activities that they perform. It’s best to drink at least half of the body weight in ounces each day. There are numerous ways in which you can keep a track on your water intake each day. You can start your day with a glass of warm lemon water with honey. It is beneficial for weight loss as well as maintaining the water balance in the body.
How to add water in your regular diet?
Many fruits and vegetables have high water content in it. It’s not always essential to go for hot and cold beverages; you can rely on fruits like watermelons, oranges, and vegetables like cucumber, broccoli, etc. These are the list of certain foods which are helpful for keeping our body hydrated:
Cucumbers are rich in water and have approximately 96% of water. Thus, they are ideal for maintaining water balance in the body and help the stomach to get cool. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties and some pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2, or COX-2. Cucumbers are rich in fiber and aids in weight loss. They can be taken throughout the year as they are rich in vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese; so it will never let any season or climate dim your charm. You can either eat it raw or drink juice of it, the same water content will be restored in the body.
Pears are mild fruits and fibrous fruits that are rich in antioxidants; they are fat and cholesterol free. It can be taken throughout the day as it treats constipation, hypertension and act as a detox fruit. Pears are approximately 84 percent water, which helps in flushing the toxins out of the digestive system. Thus, if you eat pears regularly, your body will never go deficient in water content.
Watermelons have high quantity of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and very little calories. The main merit of having watermelon during winters is it is 90% water and can be consumed any time in a day. It also aids in weight loss.
Mixed greens and spinach:
All the green leaves mainly spinach contains higher percentage of water in it and thus is considered as a beneficial hydrating food. They contain about 90% of water. You can prepare a salad using spinach and all the fruits mentioned above, you can easily stay hydrated during winters. It has higher concentrations of vitamins and antioxidants in it.
Tomatoes have highest water content approximately 96%. It helps the body to fight against cancer. They are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.
No matter how you eat these foods, chopped or juice, they are beneficial in all the ways and help us to stay hydrated during winters.
What not to drink during winters:
- It’s advised always not to drink hot beverages like tea and coffee during winters as it cause dehydration.You should limit the intake of soda and alcohol
How To Stay Hydrated During Winters:
There are many ways to hydrate your body in winters. They are as follows:
Air humidifiers are very essential because it adds moisture to the to the air and prevents the body from dryness. They help in fighting cold and flu. If you don’t want to buy a humidifier, you can just heat water in an induction or gas, allow the moisture to spread everywhere in the room.
They can used under such circumstances:
- dry skin
- sinus congestion/headache
- dry throat
- nose irritation
- bloody noses
- irritated vocal cords
- dry cough
- cracked lips
You may be prone to these discomforts when the air in your home is dry. This is especially common during winter months or when an air conditioner is being used during the summer.
- You can take a hot shower for a long time as it moisturizes your skin and you can also open the bathroom doors to let the hot air enter inside other rooms for better hydration. This method keeps your skin hydrated.
- You can also go for outings as it will make your skin come in contact with the environmental moisture and hence can make your skin hydrated. Staying in the bed for all day long may keep your skin dry.
Some infusions to make you hydrated in winters:
Infusions are a solution obtained by soaking something or the extraction of certain active agents. It is very easy to prepare infusions. You just need to add the ingredients with fresh water in a pitcher and store the pitcher in a refrigerator. Some of the widely used infusions that I personally are:
Apple, ginger, mint infusions:
All the ingredients are rich in water content. It acts as a good drink for effective digestion and ginger has anti-inflammatory agents.
Cranberries and lime:
The same recipe works equally well with lemons, limes, or oranges. Cut the citrus fruit into slices and combine with cranberries for a cocktail that has a very seductive color.
Cranberries are bursting with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Thus, these are some of the ways in which we can hydrate our skin and body from the harsh dry winter.