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Drink more water this winter

It can be hard to remember to drink water in winter because we don't crave ice cold water like we do when working up a sweat in the summer. However, it's just as important to stay hydrated in the wintertime. 

Our body gives us many signs we're dehydrated: headache, tiredness, dry skin and dark yellow urine are just a few. One rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in fluid ounces. A 120-pound person should aim for 60 ounces—or 7.5 cups—of water a day (give or take depending on activity level). 

Here are five tips to stay hydrated this winter:

  1. Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you at work, at school and at home. If it's right there, it's much easier to remember.
  2. Many fruits and vegetables have high water content. An orange, for instance, is 88 percent water. Other water-rich fruits and veggies are cucumber, lettuce, apples, berries, peas, eggplants and more. The added bonus is that you're eating essential nutrients at the same time.
  3. Be mindful of coffee and alcohol. Both are diuretics, substances that increase how often you have to go to the bathroom. Drink a glass of water alongside each of these beverages.
  4. If you aren't a fan of plain water, add a squeeze of lemon or some fruit chunks. Fizzy calorie-free seltzers are also a more flavorful way to stay hydrated. Keep in mind that beverages with added sugar are dehydrating, so steer clear of pop. Many mineral waters are naturally flavored.
  5. Switch out your salty snacks. Your body uses more water to eliminate the extra sodium in foods like chips and crackers. Try yogurt or peanut butter and celery sticks instead, which will give you more energy and hydration. 

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