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From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

During the cooler months, you may not seem to sweat as much, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration. Being well-hydrated can lower the risk of cooler-weather illnesses, improve your performance and recovery from activity, and keep your skin and lips from being dry.

Try these five tips for staying hydrated during cooler seasons:

  • Don’t rely on thirst as an indicator. You can experience a diminished thirst response during cooler months, making it an even less reliable signal of dehydration.
  • Warm it up. Take a tumbler full of tea or hot water with lemon when you leave the house for the day.
  • Think outside the glass. Fruits, vegetables and even soup are a natural source of water, along with valuable vitamins and minerals.
  • Hot beverages count. During cooler weather, the idea of drinking lots of cold water may not be very enticing. To make it more appealing, try warm decaf teas and hot cocoa.
  • Adjust for altitude. The likelihood of dehydration accelerates when you train in cooler weather and higher altitudes. The harder your body works, the more you need to drink.

Dehydration can impact your health and performance. Err on the side of more water, decaf beverages and water-based foods when the weather gets cool to keep feeling great.

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