5 Hot Drinks For Winter Hydration

Edwina Clark
by Edwina Clark
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5 Hot Drinks For Winter Hydration

When the thermometer drops, cold beverages are the last thing most of us crave. This, combined with cold-induced diuresis, a natural process that makes us pee more when we’re exposed to cold temperatures, can leave us surprisingly prone to dehydration during winter. The impacts of dehydration range from subtle to severe, but even a modest drop in fluid levels can leave us feeling spacey and sluggish.

Stay on top of your fluid intake this winter with these five hydrating hot beverages:

Rich in antioxidants, this tea may also offer protection against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. Studies have also shown it can be helpful for promoting healthy brain function.

In addition to offering fluid, this option combines turmeric and ginger, which are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties, respectively.

Milk is almost 90% water and offers additional nutrients like calcium, high-quality protein, B-vitamins, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin D.

This soothing elixir is typically used to remedy a scratchy throat but also serves as a valuable source of hydration. To make it, simply combine boiling water with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice. Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which supports the immune system, helps maintain skin integrity and fight free radical damage. A drizzle of honey is optional, but it acts as a natural sweetener.

Herbal teas like peppermint and chamomile are comforting, caffeine-free and full of water. Small studies suggest chamomile tea may be helpful for improving sleep quality and blood sugar control.

About the Author

Edwina Clark
Edwina Clark

Edwina is a pioneer for dietitians in innovation and has worked for a number of startups as a nutrition strategist, brand spokesperson, and content creator. She is formerly the Head of Nutrition and Wellness at Yummly, where she was responsible for developing nutrition solutions for over 28 million users. Prior to working in tech, Edwina worked in corporate wellness for EXOS, serving clients such as State Street, Google Europe, and Intel. She is a prominent media dietitian and has been featured in SELF, Women’s Health, and Teen Vogue, among others. Edwina hails from Sydney, Australia and is dually credentialed as a dietitian in the US and her home country. She is a former captain of the Boston University Track and Field Team and a Certified Specialty Sports Dietitian. In her free time, you can find Edwina blogging on edwinaclark.com, running, and planning her next travel adventure

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