I know for me (and for many people) it’s harder to stay hydrated in the winter. I don’t feel as thirsty. I’m not outside in the sun or getting as warm. Drinking cool or cold water doesn’t sound as refreshing as on a hot summer day.
Plus, the air is often drier due to the season and due to being inside with the heat on – so we might even need a little more hydrate than normal.
If that sounds like you, here are some ways to make winter hydration easier!
- Drink decaf or noncaffeinated tea or coffee. The liquids in these hot drinks are still hydrating.
- Drink herbal or other types of tea! Lemon, ginger, hibiscus, mint, chamomile, lavender – there are so many to choose from!
- Drink hot or warm water – add a little lemon or other flavoring if you feel like the taste of hot water is weird
- Regular coffee or tea – there is some thought that the caffeine in these drinks is actually dehydrating due to its diuretic effects, but research shows that in general the overall effect is hydrating, especially if you are drinking in moderate amounts and not more than you are used to. (Read about health benefits of coffee here)
- Hot chocolate or other hot milk beverages like chai – these beverages can also provide extra nutrition like calcium, vitamin D, protein, potassium, etc.
- Eat more soup! The liquid in soup can still hydrate you even if it’s not a drink! You can also drink broth – just choose one with a lower sodium content if you can.
- Make sure you are still eating your fruits and veggies! Fruits and veggies have a high water content and can take care of a good portion of our total fluid needs for the day!
- Make time to hydrate. Having a little tea or coffee break can be a nice cozy part of a cold day and can be a welcome break from work or studying.
- If it helps, count your fluid intake. Just doing this for a few days might help you realize what times of day you need to add in fluids.
- If you still like cold drinks in winter, enjoy!
How do you know if you are hydrated enough? Read this post for more information
How do you stay hydrated when it’s cold outside?
This post is intended to be informational only and is not medical or nutritional advice. If you have questions about your unique needs, ask about a custom meal plan or speak with a registered dietitian-nutritionist near you.
2 Replies to “How to stay more hydrated in the winter”
I’ve been enjoying glasses of warm water over the last few weeks. It feels too cold to be drinking refrigerated water.
I really like the soup idea as a source of liquid and I like warm liquids in the winter. That really helps and one of your other hydration messages you talked about urine color, letting you know whether you are hydrated enough or not and that’s a good easy measure device. Thank you.