Keeping up our water intake in winter gives the immune system a boost and can help prevent the onset of colds and flus.
As the cooler months are now upon us, we may be less inclined to drink water than we are in the summer months when we are feeling hot and thirsty. However, staying hydrated in the winter is imperative so that we can maintain peak performance and a healthy lifestyle and avoid the effects of dehydration; our bodies need water to function properly – it is essential to the function of our cells, tissues and organs.
What happens to your body when you are dehydrated?
Water makes up at least two-thirds of the human body. It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping your skin healthy by eliminating toxins, and facilitating proper digestion. Once the water in your body is reduced, it needs to be replaced because an imbalance between the salts and sugar in your body can affect the way you will perform.
Infants and children are especially prone to dehydration since their bodies are composed of 70 percent and 65 percent water, respectively.
Beverage companies claim that sports drinks will help replenish the electrolytes in your body during exercise or outdoor activities, but the truth is the ingredients of sports drinks, such as artificial sweeteners will not hydrate and benefit you, and may even be detrimental to your health.
When you nourish your body with the right quality and quantity of water, you are restoring your body to a balanced and healthy state, and helping boost your immune system!
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
|Mild to Moderate Dehydration||Severe Dehydration|
|Sleepiness or tiredness||Dark, concentrated urine|
Skin is dry and dull
|Dry, sticky mouth||Sunken eyes|
|Headache||Dry skin that doesn't bounce back when you pinch it|
|Constipation||Low blood pressure|
|Dizziness or lightheadedness||Rapid heartbeat|
|Mood swings||Irritability and confusion|
|Lack of sweating during exercise||Rapid breathing|
|Muscle cramps or spasms||Fever|
|Minimal urine||No tears when crying|
|Hunger even though you've recently eaten||In serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness|
Studies show that when there is an increase in dehydration, skill performance decreases. Keeping up your water intake this winter will help you perform at your best and help to ward off the symptoms of dehydration listed above.
zazen Alkaline water is designed for peak cellular hydration, ensuring it can be absorbed at a cellular level for optimised hydration and helping you perform at your best. When you’re drinking zazen Water, the liquid will stay in your body longer, giving it more time to get absorbed, which will get you back into balance (hydration) quicker! Drinking the right quantity and quality water that is able to hydrate you on a cellular level will help boost your immune system – a healthy high functioning immune system is foundational to living a longer, healthier life!
Click here to read more on the Benefits of Electrolytes in Drinking Water.