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5 Reasons to Drink Water, Even in the Fall and Winter

Drink Lots of Water During Cooler Weather

Drinking plenty of water is a great way to beat the Vegas heat, but did you know that staying hydrated is just as important in the fall and winter months? Water is essential for the body’s basic functions and also brings many other benefits. When the temperatures start to drop, be sure to keep your water bottle handy.

5 Reasons to Drink Plenty of Water in Colder Months

1. Improved Energy
If you’re feeling tired in the middle of the day, it could be a sign of dehydration. When we don’t drink enough water, our bodies slow down and use more energy to keep up with basic functions. Instead of reaching for a caffeinated beverage, try drinking a glass of water. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you start to feel more energized.

2. Better Digestion
In the cooler months, we tend to lean toward eating heavier meals, often known as “comfort foods.” Drinking plenty of water gives your body what it needs for proper digestion. This reduces bloating and helps to maintain normal bowel functions.

3. Detoxification
Staying hydrated helps your kidneys flush out toxins and impurities, leaving you feeling healthy and vibrant. If you’re chronically dehydrated, you’re also more likely to get painful kidney stones. Because we don’t sweat as much in the cooler months, we tend to feel less of a need to drink water; this makes it easier to become dehydrated in months when it is not as hot.

4. Improved Skin Tone
Do you want soft, supple, younger-looking skin? Water is your secret weapon! Dehydrated skin takes on a thin, paper-like appearance that magnifies wrinkles and imperfections. Drink enough water and you’ll be rewarded with healthy, glowing skin.

5. Weight Control
We often confuse the feeling of thirst with hunger. Drinking a glass of water before you eat can help reduce unnecessary calorie consumption. Make a conscious effort to choose water over high-calorie beverages like soda or juice to help keep the extra pounds off.

Tips for Increasing Your Water Intake

If drinking a gallon of water every day seems like an insurmountable challenge, you’ll be happy to know small changes can make a big difference. Start by taking frequent water breaks throughout the day. Drink a glass of water with every meal and carry a water bottle with you when you run errands.

Switch things up by drinking your water hot or at room temperature. If you get bored with plain water, add some flavor by infusing it with citrus fruits, berries, mint, or rosemary. Further supplement your hydration by eating broth-based soups and consuming fruits and vegetables with high water content, like cucumbers and watermelon.

Are you looking for even more ways to improve your health this fall? Check out our state-of-the-art fitness centers or sign up for a fun group exercise class, like Zumba or Aqua Aerobics. Visit one of our four locations to get registered.

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