The Importance of Making Water a Priority All Year ‘Round

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness in an otherwise toxic world. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine).

It’s easy to think about staying hydrated during the summer months. It’s hot, you’re thirsty, so you cool off with some water. But in the winter time, while sitting by the fire wrapped in a blanket, drinking a cold glass of water is probably the farthest thing from your mind. But just as it’s important to replenish hydration lost due to sweating during the summer, it is equally important to drink plenty of fluids during colder weather.

But why, when we aren’t sweating, do we need to focus on rehydrating? Our bodies receive hydration when it’s hot and humid from the air around us, but during the winter months, the air is dryer and our bodies don’t soak up as much moisture, causing us to “dry out” more quickly. Take a look at your skin, particularly in between your fingers and on your lips. Does it appear to be dry, cracked or pale colored? Dry skin goes hand-in-hand with cold weather. One way to combat this is obviously a good hand balm, but don’t forget about staying hydrated from the inside out. Strive for 8 glasses of water per day (or 64 ounces), or more if your activity levels are high.

Not only will your skin thank you for the extra care, but you’ll also experience the following benefits:

 

Better:

Mood

Motor skills

Memory

Digestion

Complexion

Heart health

Blood sugar levels

 

Relief from:

Headaches

Pain

Frequent illness

Toxins

Backaches

Bad breath

Hangovers