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.