Baby, it’s cold outside – and with the cold comes white, fluffy snow that many people love to play in! Skiing, sledding, horseshoeing, ice-fishing – there is no end to the activities you can do in the snow. But it’s easy to forget that even in winter, we need to stay hydrated to keep healthy and keep our bodies active in the frigid temperatures. Here are just a few reasons to bring your water bottle along on your next winter outing:
There is no better liquid for your body than pure, clean water. Getting your water in throughout the day will give you healthy-looking skin regardless of your age. It will not only give you a healthy glow, but may reduce the look of puffiness, and delay those dreaded crows-feet.
You don’t want to be in frigid weather and start feeling tired and fatigued. Drinking water gives your brain and body the oxygen it needs to stay awake, alert and focused. Just a few sips of water can get you back to what you were doing – be it tobogganing or just enjoying Mother Nature on a hiking trail.
How much is enough?
There are conflicting arguments among experts as to how much water in a day is enough. Generally, 6-8 8 oz. cups should give you the hydration you need.
Along with drinking water, you should also incorporate white tea (rooibos) and apple cider vinegar in your diet. This provides many health benefits all year long, not just for the colder months. Here are a few benefits of drinking both ACV and rooibos teas.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking just 1-2 tablespoons before a meal can help supress appetite and increase your metabolism, two very important factors in losing weight. Don’t drink it straight, though. Mix it with at least one cup of water.
Clear your cold/sinuses
Thanks to the high levels of potassium, ACV may help clear up a cold and sinus troubles. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup warm water and 1 tsp honey. Drinking this before bed can help you get a good night’s rest and you’re sure to feel better in the morning.
Lower blood pressure
Taking 1-2 tablespoons a day for 30 days may help lower blood pressure levels. The best time to take it is first thing in the morning.
Also known as white tea, it’s made from young leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is milder and sweeter than most other teas and is the least processed. Here are just a few of the health benefits.
Thanks to the antioxidants in rooibos tea, experts and scientists suggest that drinking just one cup a day can help prevent certain types of cancer.
Drinking this tea has a very calming effect because of the minerals it contains and can help alleviate stress and anxiety in some people.
The flavonoids in this tea can help those with IBS, Crohn’s and other digestive issues.
Surviving winter doesn’t have to mean staying inside all season long. Get out and enjoy what Mother Nature provides. Bring some water along, then go home and have a cup of steaming hot rooibos tea.