Dehydration is commonly perceived alongside a hot and humid climate. And since people don’t necessarily associate dehydration and cold weather, they are less likely to make it a point, to stay hydrated in winters as against summers.

The truth is dehydration isn’t limited to tropical climate. There are enough cases of dehydration in winters. In winters since the thirst sensation reduces significantly, we end up not drinking enough water. This is also one of the reasons we may feel hungrier, as hunger is most times just a misconstrued idea of thirst.

Let us have a look at the top 5 tips on how to avoid winter dehydration …

  • Watch your urine colour – A dark urine colour is an indicator that your body is already dehydrated. It is also an indicator that unusually high toxic waste products are circulating in the body due to lack of water consumption. Don’t wait for your urine to turn dark, ensure you drink plenty of water or fluids, to maintain pale urine colour, at all times.
  • Set water reminders – If you are someone who forgets to drink water regularly, it is time to set water reminders on your Fitbit app. Also, always keep a water bottle next to your desk or work station as that serves as a constant reminder to drink water. On an average any person would require around 2.5 litres of water intake in a day.
  • Reimagine your fluids – It is important to spice up plain water, as at times, it may just get too monotonous to drink regular water. Adding Durmeric drops to your fluid elevates the entire hydration experience which can otherwise be tad bit boring. The best part is that these drops can be used with all sort of liquids whether it is sattu or coconut water.
  • Don’t misinterpret thirst signals – The thirst and hunger centre in the brain lie close by making it possible to misinterpret thirst and hunger signals. Most people confuse thirst for hunger because thirst signals are relatively weaker. It is always a good practice to drink some water first whenever hungry at odd hours to check if hunger pangs subside.
  • Isotonic water / ORS – Since most people don’t sweat in winter, they fail to realize the need to drink enough water. Due to sweating, apart from water loss, people may lose a lot of body salts. Set a routine to use isotonic oral rehydration using salt & sugar solution regularly to replenish lost electrolytes.

As per many customer experiences, using Durmeric drops like Cinnamon and Clove in water have the potential of increasing water intake for better rehydration.

Dr. Kamna Desai

Dietitian, Mumbai

A qualified Dietitian from Mumbai with over 20 years of expertise in the field of health and nutrition.