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Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Staying hydrated is key to our existence. We know that water is probably the body’s most important nutrient, accounting for nearly 70% of body weight in a normal adult. We certainly have all heard that during the hot summer months in particular, we’re more prone to excessive fluid loss, which can lead to dehydration.
Interestingly enough, we often overlook what can happen in terms of the winter months, and maybe our fluid intake goes down a little bit more in the winter, so we can actually fall victim to dehydration even in the cold temperatures. There’s been extensive research looking at just that. We certainly know that warm weather has been recognized for years to be that link to dehydration, but initially, there were very few studies that were assessing the effects of cold-induced dehydration and how that can impact thermoregulation in terms of how well our body maintains proper temperature. It’s important to recognize that fluid balance in the cold specifically can really wreak havoc.
Today, I want to talk about what we can do during the cold winter months to make sure that we’re getting in proper nutrients and proper fluids.
How the cold impacts your body
Cold weather tends to move blood and other body fluids from your arms and legs to the core, so this is kind of the opposite of what’s occurring in the hot months. Your blood and other fluids will start to go towards the center of the body, which can increase your urine output.
We also know that cold weather can decrease our body’s thirst sensation, so maybe you’re just not feeling as thirsty as when it’s warm out when you’re sweating and think to yourself that you need to drink more water. In the winter, we don’t experience that as frequently, so we can have this decrease in thirst sensation. That can be an early sign of mild dehydration.
We can also look at other symptoms of dehydration:
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps
- Dry skin
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
Tune into the full podcast episode for more information about dehydration in the winter.
How to help combat cold-induced dehydration
So, how can we make sure that we’re getting enough fluid in and that we’re also getting other nutrients? We have a really wonderful product called Purples Hx. This is great for a variety of different reasons. First and foremost, what the Purples Hx actually is is a blend of the purple family of fruits and vegetables, so it has things in it such as blueberry extract, blackberry extract, black cherry extract and black currant. It also contains carrot extract and beet root extract. All of these wonderful nutrients have individually been studied for their benefits. Purples Hx is a powder that can be mixed into water. The key point to be recognized is that in doing this, especially during the winter, not only are we helping to enhance our fluid intake, we’re also loading our body with all these powerful nutrients.
To hear more recommendations from Amanda, tune into the full podcast episode.
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Written Amanda Williams, MPH You’ve always been told to drink more fluids – in the summer when you’re sweating and by your doctor when you’re sick. But why is this so important to our health to stay hydrated? What is waters purpose in our bodies? …
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When it’s hot outside, we sweat more. And when we sweat more, we lose more water, which makes us thirsty. Dehydration happens more often in the summer months, but what many people do not realize is that it is just as easy to become dehydrated in the winter! Because very few people recognize the signs of dehydration in the winter, it can be even more dangerous.
What’s important to note is that dehydration during any of the seasons can be very dangerous.The human body is made up of almost 70% water – it only takes a 2% decrease for dehydration to kick in! According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. Anyone can become dehydrated by the condition is especially dangerous for young children and the elderly.
Staying hydrated is crucially important for many reasons. The main reason is that water is vital to maintain proper organ function, healthy blood pressure, and a steady oxygen flow throughout your body. Have you ever wondered why you felt a bit dizzy when you’re dehydrated? It’s probably because the lack of water caused your blood pressure to dip. Water also carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, controls blood pressure and lubricates the joints.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common cause of dehydration in young children is severe diarrhea and vomiting. Older adults may have conditions or take certain medications that can increase their risk.
- Muscle Cramps
- Dark Urine
Complications of Dehydration
The Mayo Clinic reports that serious complications can be brought on by dehydration, including heat injury, urinary and kidney problems, seizures, and low blood volume shock (hypovolemic shock). A heat injury can cause mild heat cramps to potentially threatening heatstroke’s. “Electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium, help carry electrical signals from cell-to-cell. If your electrolytes are out of balance, the normal electrical messages can become mixed up, which can lead to involuntary muscle contractions and sometimes a loss of consciousness.”
To stay hydrated, always make sure to drink enough fluids! Staying hydrated doesn’t always mean drinking water. Water-based drinks such as tea, coffee and juice count, too. Just be sure to keep the sugar content in mind. Also, eating water-rich fruits and vegetables are a good source of hydration, too. For infants, the Mayo Clinic, to use an “oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte or Hydralyte, which contain water and salts in specific portions to replenish both fluids and electrolytes.”