Being that it is cold outside and snow is falling, you may ask why I think the beginning of January would be a good time to remember to drink more water? Why, wouldn’t the heat of summer be a better time to choose for talking about the importance of drinking water? It is all too easy to remember to drink water with the blazing heat and dripping sweat serving as a constant reminder in the Summer, so winter is a good time because many people do not realize that your body loses water even when you are not raining down sweat!
Being that we are mostly comprised of water, you can actually lose water through breathing in cold weather! When you think of being able to see your breath vaporize as it leaves your mouth in the cold, it starts make more sense. Also, you can still sweat in the cold from wearing layers of warm clothing and it will evaporate fast in cold, dry air.
The diehard caffeine junky in you might be screaming out “but there’s water in soda and coffee”, right? If you are thinking that, you are correct! What you may not realize though, is that caffeine is counter-productive in the process of rehydrating your body. Energy drinks and tea can have the same counter-productive effects as well. Try replacing just one or two of your daily caffeinated drinks with water and you may even have more energy, feel better, and have better health for doing so. Rolling Strong even suggested in one of their past posts that “water helps flush the bodies toxins out, can increase your energy, is a zero calorie appetite suppressant, gives you supple healthier feeling skin, and prevents side effects of fatigue.” Also, you are not going to get a sugar or caffeine “buzz and crash” feeling from drinking good old H2O!