The dangers of winter dehydration

The dangers of winter dehydration

The dangers of winter dehydration

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During winter, it can be tempting to forgo drinking water, replacing it with steaming mug of coffee or a hot chocolate when it’s cold outside. You may not feel like drinking at all, but winter dehydration can lead to a myriad of health problems.

Edema
Have you developed cankles? Do your feet swell up? It could be a sign you’re not drinking enough water. Dehydration can cause bloating and swelling.

Weight gain
That gnawing feeling at the pit of your stomach making you feel like you could devour a horse is likely to be your body sending signals to your brain that you are starving. You won’t be able to exercise enough to counteract the amount you are putting in your mouth.

Fatigue
Water equals energy. If you’re feeling unusually fatigued, despite plenty of sleep, it’s the body’s enzymatic activity slowing down. You’ll feel too knackered to exercise which will also contribute to further weight gain.

High blood pressure
Blood becomes thicker and making harder for your heart to pump around your body to your vital organs.

High cholesterol
Dehydration results in your body generating more cholesterol to stop any further loss of water from your cells.

Digestive issues
Lack of water will throw your body’s ph level out of whack and could result in stomach problems like gastric reflux, stomach ulcers, and gastro.

Constipation
Your waste won’t efficiently move through your colon without water, making you feel heavy, full and bloated.

Experts recommend having around eight glasses of water a day, easier to do on a hot summer’s day, so here are a few tips to help you ward of dehydration and promote winter wellness.

  • Have a glass of water after drinking coffee or tea. This will help offset the dehydrating effect of the caffeine
  • Drink clear soups
  • Drink hot water. Added lemon, ginger and honey for a soothing drink
  • Exchange black tea for herbal teas
  • Eat fruit and veggies with a high water content – watermelon, celery, cucumbers, lettuce
  • Make smoothies with coconut water