Winter Hydration, Immunity, and You!

Winter Hydration, Immunity, and You!

Winter dehydration can be insidious because it can sneak up on you.


When it comes to being dehydrated, we often think about summer. It’s hot out. We’re sweating. It’s easy to lose fluid just by the nature of being outside! What we don’t consider is that winter can dehydrate you just as much as summer can. But winter dehydration can be insidious because it can sneak up on you. We’re not sweating as much - but we’re still losing fluid. It may not be as obvious, but it still happens.

It’s crucial to stay hydrated year-round. But in the winter, it’s even more important to mind your hydration level. Today, let’s talk about winter dehydration and what you can do about it.

Hydration and Its Effect on Immunity

In the wintertime, we’re more susceptible to viruses and infections. The common misconception is that this happens because it’s cold out, but this isn’t the case. There are a couple of reasons as to why this happens. The first is that because it’s cold outside, we’re more likely to stay indoors and crank up the heater. Heat is very drying and viruses can thrive when the air is dry.

Plus, we’re all inside most likely with our families. We move throughout our days and come home where we spend time with each other. This also means we’re exposing one another to the viruses we may have encountered throughout our day.

What exactly does this have to do with hydration, you ask?

The dry air also causes you to become dehydrated. Staying adequately hydrated helps to flush toxins out of your system. Drinking water is crucial to keep all of your body's systems healthy and thriving. Staying hydrated promotes healthy circulation since half of your blood is made of water. That same blood is what carries immune cells to infection sites more rapidly compared to if you’re dehydrated.

And if you happen to come down with something, staying properly hydrated will help you recover faster for the same reason.

But Why Do I Not Feel Thirsty in the Winter?

It’s easier to monitor your hydration in the summer because you’re sweating more often. It’s an excellent barometer to measure your fluid intake because it reminds us to have an extra cup of water or two! But in the winter we’re not sweating as much. We may think we’re not losing any fluid at all, but this isn’t the case. 

Though you may not sweat as heavily, you still sweat a little under your layers of clothes. You also lose fluid throughout the day through your bodily functions - including breathing! So, much like the summer, it’s important to keep a reminder to drink water close by to combat dehydration before it can even start.

Symptoms of dehydration can include low energy levels, dark-colored urine, constipation, and extreme thirst. Make sure to stop dehydration symptoms in their tracks before they become more serious.

How To Stay Hydrated This Winter

These tips for staying hydrated are good all year round, but we’ve modified the list below so that it’s a more winter-friendly version. You can still reap the benefits of staying hydrated while also helping your immunity against cold and flu season. 

  • If you can’t bear the idea of having cold water, warm water is fine. Drinking warm water can actually have a lot of added benefits. This may include stimulating digestion, relieving constipation, improving circulation, and improving your central nervous system’s functions. 
  • If you’re someone who doesn’t like water because you can’t stand the taste, don’t be afraid to infuse your water with fruit! Adding citrus like lemons or oranges not only makes water taste better, but it’s a natural way of adding vitamin C. You can also try ginger for a warm, spicy flavor that combats inflammation and cold symptoms.
  • Another way to stay hydrated is through ‘eating your water’. Roughly 20% of our fluid intake comes from the fruits and vegetables we eat. Make sure to choose water-rich produce such as apples, celery, melons, lettuce, and leafy greens.
  • Teas and broths can count toward your fluid intake as well. Just make sure that if you’re drinking tea it’s low caffeine or no caffeine for the best results. Herbal teas are a great way to boost your immune system depending on what you choose. We’re strong believers in Tulsi Wellness tea. It boosts your immunity and soothes your respiratory tract. It also supports your digestive system and is the perfect wind-down tea with its relaxing and stress-relieving properties. And best of all? You still get the benefit of hydration while staying warm and cozy this winter season.
  • Another way that you can help your body through the season is with an electrolyte drink. With our Hydrate blend, we’ve included 19 vitamins and minerals that keep your body balanced and optimized to feel its best. It not only replenishes electrolytes lost through exercise or dehydration, but the vitamins will help cover your nutritional needs. It supports your energy needs while keeping your immune system boosted throughout the day.  

If optimal hydration is your goal this winter, check out our improved Hydrate formula. With its refreshing lemonade flavor, it’s sure to put you in a sunshine state of mind throughout this winter season.

The Takeaway

No matter the season, hydration is always important to your body to maintain a healthy balance. You’ll feel healthier and be healthier. But keeping this habit is especially important throughout the colder months to keep your immune system strong and to stave away sneaky dehydration symptoms. With optimal hydration, your body will be sure to thank you.

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