Staying hydrated in the winter can be difficult. The colder weather can decrease our thirst sensation, causing us to drink less. Your body needs water to function properly and is essential for the function of cells, tissues, organs and is vital for digestion and excretion of waste products. Drinking water can also help you feel full, preventing us from over-eating during winter and gaining those unwanted kilos.
The amount of water you need depends on your age and activity level. If you are a healthy adult under the age of 65, you require 35-45ml per kilo of body weight. You could start off by aiming for a minimum of eight glasses of water per day with a combination of foods with a high water and nutrient content.
Water should be the choice of drink — it’s calorie-free, with no added sugar or preservatives! Not a fan of water? You can naturally flavour your water by adding mint and chopped up pieces of fruit, like berries or lemon, depending on what you feel like. Alternatively, you can drink warm water for those winter blues, or sparkling mineral water if you need to quench your thirst. Cucumbers, celery, watermelon, berries, mixed greens and spinach all contain a high-water and nutrient content.
Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)