Although we tend to focus on hydration a bit more in the summer time when temps are warm, staying hydrated in the winter is just as important, and can even be more of a challenge. The air is often drier, wreaking havoc on our skin, but also sucking the fluids right out of your body. We are often in climate controlled environments running warm heaters, and when it is cold outside, we simply tend to drink less fluids. Below are three quick nutrition hacks to help keep you hydrated this winter.
1. Warm beverages. When we think of hydration, our minds likely go directly to a cool drink of water in the summer time, but warm beverages are great for hydration when the weather cools down. Try to gravitate more towards caffeine free drinks like herbal teas. Despite conventional wisdom, even a cup of coffee, despite it's diuretic effects, is typically still net-hydrating. That being said, you probably don't want to overdo it on the caffeine, and caffeine does not help the hydration cause.
2. Soups. Soups are a great way to stay hydrated during the winter time. Not only are they cozy and warming, their broth is very hydrating. Broth contains sodium, which is an electrolyte that helps aid in hydration - just be careful not to overdo it. Also, a good soup made with lots of fresh veggies delivers the hydration from those vegetables. For most people, much of the water we consume comes directly from the foods we eat, not necessarily from the drinks we drink, and fresh veggies are a great way to help stay hydrated.
3. Smoothies. You had to see this one coming. Yes, although smoothies are a cold beverage and generally contain blended up foods (fruits), they are also very hydrating. Similar to the vegetables in soups, the fresh fruit you add to your smoothie is a great way to get additional hydration plus electrolytes. Whatever liquid you use for the base of your smoothie will provide hydration, plus when you use Primo Smoothie you will be getting additional electrolytes, which also help your body stay hydrated.
Stay hydrated my friends, winter is just getting started.