It's getting colder and many of us are engaged in sports like boot camp, spinning, skiing and hiking – but do we remember to drink enough?
Dehydration is accelerated in cold weather or at higher altitudes because the air we breathe is drier. Normally we loose around 1 liter of water a day via evaporation from the lungs. When we breathe, our bodies humidify dry air and heat it up to our body’s temperature, which is why your exhalations look like fog in cold weather.
Psychologically, it’s easy to skip hydration breaks during winter months because we are less likely to feel thirsty. But the consequences are more severe, as dehydration can accelerate hypothermia, frostbite or fatigue.
A good rule of thumb is to drink minimum 2 liters of water daily, which need to be doubled at 3000meters! And drink before your pee turns yellow…
Healthy ways to flavour hot and cold water:
Tea - look for caffeine free options like herbal, mint, Camomile, Ginger and fruit “tea”.
Add fresh mint, lemon grass, slice of fresh ginger, lemon to your hot, cold or temperatured water.