Here in the UK, we’re well into autumn, and with winter fast approaching, it’s not surprising that we all start to drink less as the warm weather retreats.
While understandable, it’s not the best choice to make this autumn.
In fact, skin is 64% water. Your brain and heart are 73% water. Our blood plasma is 90% water. Your lungs are 83% water. Your muscles and kidneys are 79% water.
Therefore, these helpful organ – water percentages illustrate how vital it is to maintain good drinking water habits, irrespective of what season we’re in!
Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include: digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, tiredness and headaches.
The best choice you can make this autumn is to be dedicated to healthy water habits regardless of the season changing!
Common but Avoidable Autumn Dehydration Pitfalls
Here are some key things to know about autumnal dehydration so that you can avoid these common pitfalls:
- Many people associate dehydration with sweltering summer days; but don’t be fooled, dehydration isn’t limited to hot weather, you CAN still get dehydrated in colder autumn weather.
- Since people don’t necessarily associate dehydration and cold weather, they may be less likely to make a point to stay hydrated during the autumn than during the summer.
- As the weather cools, we find ourselves turning on the heating. This artificially warm environment teams up with the dry air of artificial heating and leads to autumnal dehydration.
- Autumn dehydration is harder to notice – particularly if you are not sweating and you are feeling cool. You may not have realised that you haven’t drunk any water during the day.
- Particularly as your body’s thirst response significantly diminishes in cooler weather.
- Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough fluid to function properly and can have a significant impacts on your well-being.
- It is vital you keep hydrated to regulate your body temperature, allowing your blood to carry important nutrients and oxygen around your body and remove toxins.
- Remember that your body loses moisture all day, every day, through respiration, perspiration, urination, and bodily functions, regardless of the temperature outside.
- Replenish your fluid levels by drinking water regularly throughout the day, no matter what the weather!
ZeroWater’s Top Tips for Staying Hydrated this Autumn
We are more deliberate and proactive when it comes to our hydration in the summertime.
But when autumn rolls around however, with the drop in temperature that comes with it, most of us become less proactive and conscious to deliberately stay hydrated.
But as we’ve explored previously in this article, it is super important to prioritise hydration regardless of the season, temperature or weather!
- One of the best methods to kick start your day, especially if you’re not a morning person, is to drink one to two glasses of water right after you wake up. This will increase your blood pressure and help reduce lethargy.
- Don’t rely on thirst to tell you when you need to drink water. Instead, make a point to drink a certain amount of water each day. A great way to ensure this is to invest in a reusable water bottle. This means you can carry water with you wherever you go to drink throughout the day. Keep it by your nightstand, take it on your commute, sip throughout your meetings and leave it on your desk. We suggest that you invest in the our new Self-cleaning, UV-C Water Bottles by Waatr.
- Add a bit of flavour. Treat yourself to a splash of lemon or lime. For tasty infused water recipes read our previous article here.
- If you participating in sporting activities, then you should consider drinking sports drinks, especially if you are participating in high-intensity workouts. These drinks will help keep you hydrated, but they will also help replenish electrolytes that you may have lost by sweating.
The Food & Drinks You Consume this Autumn WILL Impact Your Hydration Levels
- Eat porridge for breakfast and soup for lunch. Here’s a hydrating hack that might surprise you: Eating one bowl of oatmeal is equivalent to drinking about one cup of water. Moreover, broth is made of mostly water. This makes oatmeal and soup the perfect combo for hydrated autumnal day!
- Eat fruits and vegetables! Fruits are an excellent source of water and really come in handy during the autumn when you don’t feel like drinking cold water. Not only are fruits great at keeping one hydrated due to the fact that most of them contain lots of water, they are a great source of nutrients such as vitamin C, that are good for your health. Vegetables are yet another source of water. Watermelon, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers cauliflower, broccoli and baby carrots among others are a great source of water and will be of great help in your bid of staying hydrated during autumn. For more foods and drinks that are super hydrating you can read our previous informative article here.
- If you find it difficult to drink water when it’s cold outside, drink warm beverages like decaffeinated hot tea or herbal tea, as these will also help to keep you hydrated.
- Try to avoid alcohol, sugary and caffeinated drinks that can cause dehydration. This is easier said than done especially around the festive season but it’s a good tip to bare in mind for the sake of your health this autumn and winter.
The Benefits of Staying Hydrated this Autumn!
- As previously outlined, by drinking enough water you will fight off autumnal dehydration. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of dehydration, for if you can recognize the signs of dehydration this can help you remember to drink more water and stay hydrated. Thirst, dark-coloured urine, dizziness, fatigue, and dry skin can all indicate dehydration.
- Hydration protects your immune system as the autumn months can be a testing time for our immune systems. What with returning to school or work after summer, mixing with different germs as well as many airborne viruses from the common cold or flu to Covid-19 spreading like wild fire its best to stay as fighting fit as possible. Dehydration can seriously weaken our immune systems barriers. The lack of water can dry out the mucous membranes in our lungs and sinus passages which can reduce their resistance to infections. Keeping well hydrated during winter ensures that the barriers used to protect your body from colds and flu are fully functional and completely intact.
- You will have more energy! Keeping well hydrated will ensure your bodily functions are supported and running efficiently. When you are dehydrated your body functions slow down and use up your extra energy resources, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish. Taking sips of water regularly throughout the day will keep you alert and energetic during the day leading to improved productivity and mood this autumn!
Invest in a ZeroWater Water Filter Jug to Prioritise Hydration this Autumn
At ZeroWater, we want to guarantee your family is as healthy and hydrated as possible by providing you with Premium 5-Stage Ion Exchange Water Filtration Systems.
Our systems successfully outperform all other 2-stage filters on the market such as Brita Filters. While simplistic 2-stage filters are only able remove around half of all dissolved solids, our advanced filters guarantee to drastically reduce the amount of ‘Total Dissolved Solids’ and contaminants in your water!
When tested in accordance with the NSF’s protocol based on a 40 gallon filtration (double the rated usage), ZeroWater reduces 97% of Lead and 99.9% of Chromium from your tap water. They are also third party tested to reduce 96% of Mercury, 93% of Arsenic and 99% of Copper, among many other contaminants!