Proper Hydration Important in the Winter Months

Published: January 05, 2015

Why is drinking water so important in the winter?

Low humidity levels outside and heating systems in our homes and cars create a dry atmosphere. Your body and immune system work better when properly hydrated. Remember to drink water instead of sports drinks or sugary beverages. When thinking about hydration, don't forget that some foods have extra water and are a good source of extra fluid. Foods like soups (preferably ones low in sodium), fruits and vegetables are good choices. When in the mood for something sweet, make some hot cocoa or hot apple cider instead of eating a brownie. Also, take you water with you when you leave the house. This may reduce trips to the soda machine when out running errands.

Water is also an excellent item to stockpile your pantry with in the winter months. Winter brings snow-covered, icy roads which may make unsafe driving conditions and getting to the store next to impossible. Keeping your pantry full of food and water will help in an emergency situation.

Consider the following items on your next trip to the store:

  • peanut butter
  • whole wheat crackers
  • nuts and trail mixes
  • cereal
  • granola bars
  • dried fruits
  • canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • canned soup
  • powdered milk
  • water
  • sugar free drink mixes

Remember to think ahead for your health and safety in these coming winter months, stay hydrated and build your pantry.

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