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Healthy Living: Winter Water Wonderland

Winter Water WonderlandIt’s about 7:30PM as I sit down to write this.

I think back to the day. I drank a glass of water when I woke up. Then, I had two cups of coffee. Then, a Diet Coke (Route 44 from Sonic size, nonetheless). Then, I had an unsweet iced tea with dinner.

How much of that, exactly, counts as water intake for the day? Approximately the first 8 ounces I had and nothing else. Everything else I had contained caffeine, which actually DEHYDRATES you, so it’s definitely time to pay more attention to how much real water I consume.

You need water as much in the winter as you do in the summertime. See that dry, scaling, ashy gray skin? Dehydration. Hair limp and lank? Dehydration. Nails brittle? You got it. Dehydration.

Experts say you should aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 75 ounces of water. Hot or cold doesn’t matter, as long as the drink doesn’t contain excess sugar or caffeine. If you are drinking caffeine, or alcohol for that matter, match that drink ounce for ounce with water, above and beyond your daily requirement for the day.

Water-based foods count toward your daily intake, like a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can even add them to your water to punch up the taste and nutrient level.

You still need water when you exercise, even if you don’t sweat as much.

A lot of delicious winter foods like soups and stews, especially commercial varieties, contain a lot of sodium. Cut back on sodium and drink more water to flush the excess from your system.
Finally, dress lightly and in layers, which helps reduce the way you sweat and therefore reduces water loss.

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