Cooler fall and winter weather is just around the corner. Adults and kids will soon be partaking in their favorite winter sports, but in addition to remembering to bundle up for the cold weather, hydration is another important consideration in winter.
We don’t often associate cold-weather exercise with dehydration. The body doesn’t get as hot, and sweat evaporates more rapidly in the cold air. Thus, we’re tricked into thinking we aren’t losing fluids as rapidly.
Dehydration is still a risk when playing in the snow, albeit, for different reasons than summer exercise.
What Causes Dehydration During Winter Months?
In cold weather, the body’s thirst response is diminished (by up to 40 percent even when dehydrated). This happens because our blood vessels constrict when we’re cold to prevent blood from flowing freely to the extremities. (If you’ve ever had cold hands in winter, you know the feeling.) This enables the body to conserve heat by drawing more blood to its core.
But because of this, the body is fooled into thinking it’s properly hydrated, e.g. you don’t feel as thirsty and your body doesn’t conserve water. Thus, in cold weather, athletes are less likely to drink water voluntarily, and additionally, their kidneys aren’t signaled by hormones to conserve water and urine production increases, a condition call cold-induced urine diuresis.
So diminished thirst response and increased urine production are two contributing factors. Yet, there are several others that can lead to winter dehydration, including:
- Wearing extra clothing. Heavy jackets, long underwear and other pieces of warm clothing help your body conserve heat. But the added weight is one factor that makes the body work between 10 and 40 percent harder.[ii] By working harder, the body produces more sweat, contributing to fluid loss.
- Increased respiratory fluid loss. In cold weather, we lose more fluids through respiratory water loss. For example, when you can see your own breath, that’s actually water vapor that your body is losing. The colder the temperature and the more intense the exercise, the more vapor you lose when you breathe.
- Sweat evaporates more quickly in cold air. We often think we aren’t sweating in cold, dry weather, because it tends to evaporate so quickly. This is another factor that can contribute to a diminished thirst response.
So the answer is a clear “Yes.” The dehydration risk remains in cold weather. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or spending an afternoon cross-country skiing – don’t forget to hydrate!
Every exercise enthusiast knows the importance of hydration. Runners, cyclists, swimmers, jumpers, throwers, divers, lifters—they’re always prepared with a water bottle or sports drink for a boost of fluids and electrolytes an hour or two before an intense practice or competition.
When you hydrate with water and sports drinks, your digestive system doesn’t absorb all of the fluids and nutrients. Your stomach might even bloat.
On the other hand, IV hydration therapy, bypasses the stomach and sends the fluids and nutrients directly through your bloodstream so they absorb faster and more effectively that you need for your best performance. After your event, come back to decrease your recovery time and promote muscle recovery with our collagen producing sodium ascorbate IV.
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There are a few different factors that contribute to “aging on the inside”. Our physical environments, our mental well-being, our emotional well-being and the foods we consume, in concert, determine how we age on the outside, as well as on the inside.
Here’s what we know about stress.
Stress on the body, in any form, affects your “state of being”. It could be poor living conditions, pollution, abusive relationships, dissatisfaction with career or at the workplace, financial issues, and nutritional choices we make. Stress is recognized by many as the No. 1 proxy killer disease today. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illness and disease. It ages us tremendously, being the root of adrenal fatigue, and the like. Just on the nutritional side of things, over time, our foods have become more and more processed, leaving almost no nutritional value to be had. We live in a faster paced and expensive world, making us dependent on fast foods and easy to fix meals. Whole foods are pricier and take longer to prepare. We, therefore, don’t get all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids our bodies need in order to stay young and healthy and at our optimum. We become depleted, parched, and starved for nutrients…thereby aging us, inside and out.
What you can do to help your body de-stress and gain back your youth and health.
Haven’t you ever realized that after doing a cleanse or detox, or changing your diet, adding physical exercise, going to therapy, changing your physical environment (job/home), or incorporating yoga into your routine, your body automatically responds by rewarding you in some positive way? Maybe you start sleeping better, feeling more positive about life, feeling “cleaner” or “lighter”, becoming more energetic, losing weight, or digestion improves? I’ve personally experienced this in my own life…it’s automatic. You can feel it, and others can see it.
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