It’s almost winter and I’m dry! Ha, I’m in menopause who am I kidding I’m dry all the time…everywhere!
Seriously, the heating is pumping, winds are blowing and I’m drinking less water because I have a nana bladder.
All this leads to dry, dull and scaley skin. Oh and cue chapped lips. Without the scorching summer sun it’s easy to forget we need to stay hydrated in the cooler months, it’s important though. When we’re hydrated our skin glows, eyes shine and our heads are less foggy. Staying hydrated also helps when you are fighting off a cold, have a dry throat or cough.
Here’s some tips for staying hydrated even when you have a bladder the size of a pea ( like me)…
– Eat hydrating foods like celery, cucumber, Radish, tomatoes, avocado, yoghurt, melon and broccoli.
– Drink 6-8 glasses of water. Now I know this is a hard one but try lemon in water, green tea, warm water with a little lemon and a quality honey and carry a bottle of water with you everywhere. When you order a warming coffee ask for a water too and hydrate before your coffee arrives.
– Eat soup! Yes, get some warming homemade soup into your belly! Uhuh make some chicken noodle, cauliflower or minestrone soup and you not only fill up but stay hydrated too. Just go easy on added salt.
– Set a timer on your computer or phone to remind you to drink up. You’re aiming for 6-8 glasses so maybe have a buzzer go off every 2 hours, this is a great way to create new habit forming behaviour.
– Use a vaporiser to add some moisture back into the air. For around $70 you can purchase a room vaporiser from a pharmacy ( I have THIS ONE) and it helps turn dry crackly air a little moist which is perfect if you suffer respiratory problems like asthma or bronchitis. I get bronchitis most winters (although not for the last 2) and rely heavily on a vaporizer.
– Exercise. Yup, do a little exercise and drink up. It’s also a great way to get things moving, limber joints, flush toxins and clear your head. A little walking workout or yoga session is a nice low impact workout but enough to get you going.
– keep fresh flowers in the home. Weird huh? When you have central heating it zaps moisture so keeping a vase of flowers helps to replace moisture back into the air and it’s super pretty. You could also add fresh plants or a bowl of water to your room.
What’s your tips for staying hydrated?
Now, I’m off to drink some water!