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Why You Need to Drink More Water in the Winter

In the Winter we tend to suffer a bit more from dehydration.  We enter dry rooms, do not exercise as much and become more lethargic. The result can be ill helath from not drinking enough water. It is easy to fall out of the habit of drinking enough water. Most of us need about eight glasses a day in order to thrive.  To figure out the absolute minimum amount of water you need a day take your weight and divide by ten and then by two.  So if you are 160 pounds you need at least eight glasses a day.  Most nutritionists would say to add four glasses a day to whatever figure you arrive at after dividing your weight by ten.  This means that to stay non-toxic and lose weight a person who weighs 160 pounds should have twelve glasses of water a day.

 

One of the benefits of drinking water in the winter is skin that is not dry.  Drinking water also remove impurities from your body and give you healthier, clearer skin.  Dry heat from certain heating system can also be a problem as can the dry winter cold that can chap our skins and dull our complexions.

 

Drinking water is a method of detox. If you do not drink enough water you tend to be more sedentary than usual.  If you are feeling sluggish the problem may very well be that you are not drinking enough water.

 

You also need to drink a lot of water if you want to lose all that weight you gained over the holidays.  Drinking ice cold water is said to help you burn even more calories.  Whether this is true or not consider adding ice to the water that you drink every day.

 

In the winter we also feel the effects of day time fatigue more. One way to fight this is to drink more water.  We also fight our natural tendency to hibernate in the winter by drinking more coffee and colas. These caffienated beverages also deprive our bodies of water.  Many ties our brains misinterpret thirst for hunger, which causes us to eat too much food. If you feel hungry after a meal you should try drinking a tall glass of water before you reach for a snack.

 

If you have a dry mouth it means that you are mildly dehydrated. Take a sip of water with you everywhere you go and take sips every now and then to get the moisture back into your water.

 

Post Holiday Detox Smoothies

After you have ruined your diet and resolve to stay healthy by indulging in many of the culinary and alcoholic pleasures  that Christmas has to offer you might want to consider going on a program of Detox smoothies.

 

Feeling a bit foggy and dull?  Prepare yourself for a return to work or school by combining blueberries, banana and one teaspoon of flaxseed oil. Process it all with some ice and drink as a meal substitute.  If you find this too bland remember that you can buy flaxseed or omega 3 oils in the store that have subtle flavors such as orange essence.

 

If you are having digestive problems blend one cup each of papaya and peach, half a pear and a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger.  Give it a whirl and add water if it is too thick.

To help clear up skin that may have gone into overload because of sweet, salty and fatty meals associated with Christmas. Mix a handful of strawberries and cherries with an avocado and two teaspoons of ground flaxseed.  Once again add water to the mix if it gets too thick to drink!

 

For an all round cleanse blend together kale, water, celery, apples, a banana, lemon juice and parsley.  Serve chilled for a taste treated that is very effective at cleansing your blood, liver, intestines and kidney.

 

To specifically reduce the toxins in your liver try blending a grapefruit, banana, green grapes, strawberries and dandelion greens.  This is especially helpful for people who have been drinking too much over the holidays.

 

A second recipe for a liver detox is a blend of zucchini, cabbage, diced celery, kale, carrots and ice.  Add water if needed to make it more drinkable.  If you want a red cocktail you can also consider adding beets.  To make it a bit spicier adds a handful of watercress to the blend.

 

There is even a smoothie recipe that can help you lower your blood pressure. Blend together two small bananas and two cups of orange juice with honey and a dash of vanilla for a luscious but very healthy treat. This is a very good drink to have if you are bloated or feel like you consumed too much salt over the holidays.

 

Your best approach is to replace one meal a day with one of these smoothies. That will help you facilitate weight loss as well.