Hydration, not only in the summer. Water, winter, food

Time maybe for a few health articles. Let’s start with the current topic: winter.

Hydration is a constant human need. Not only in summer. Even in winter,  our body needs water. But how does hydration work the human body, what is it used for, what are the  risks to  us if we are not careful? And above all, what should we do?

1. What is hydration and why is it important?

The human body consists mainly of water : the percentage varies according to gender and age, but it never drops below 50% and reaches  even 70% . You won’t survive more than a few days without water, and good  hydration is useful for maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. It helps in many elements: in temperature regulation, elimination of toxins, improves metabolic processes, and transports nutrients. Water is present in all organs, tissues and cells, and its function is essential.

2. Winter is no exception

Do not go out in the hottest hours,  drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruit and vegetables. This is a mantra that is repeated every summer when the temperature rises and the risk of dehydration increases. But does that mean we don’t take risks in the winter?

It is often thought that less sweating allows you to drink less, but there are many circumstances that  even in winter require adequate fluid intake . Note how dry the air in heated rooms is, urination associated with low temperatures is more common  . And this is a trap. Paradoxically, winter is less hot and therefore we feel less thirsty, so we drink less.

3. Drink. Not just water

Rule number one: drink, drink, drink. Even  if you don’t feel thirsty,  drink, and above all “constantly throughout the day.” The obvious fact is that when it’s cold, drinking a glass of fresh water is not pleasant. At this point, it is advisable to help yourself with  herbal teas and hot infusions , and even with  soups or broths . And here we come to the fundamental point: food.

4. Hydration comes from food

It should not be forgotten that  20-25% of the fluid intake comes from food , mainly from fruit and vegetables. Plants and fruits  also have an advantage over a simple glass of water: they contain many  minerals and vitamins  that affect the absorption of fluids and thus increase hydration. That’s why a glass of smoothie is a good idea.

5. Recommended food products

Use  fruit and vegetables,  but it is recommended to think about seasonality. So what vegetables to use in winter:  various kinds of chicory  (94-95% water), pumpkin (94.6%), melon (94.1%), red and green  cabbage  (92.3%),  onion  (92, 1%),  celeriac and broccoli  (92%). In addition to vegetables, use fruit, especially citrus juices  such as oranges, mandarins and lemons  (or a mixture of the three). These fruits are also recommended to provide vitamin C, which helps prevent colds and other ailments.

6. Foods to Avoid?

On the other hand, it is necessary to  avoid or reduce  foods that increase dehydration: foods with plenty of salt,  alcohol  and sweet drinks. Carefully also dispense caffeine.

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