How You Are Just As Likely To Be Dehydrated In The Winter As In The Summer!


It is a common misconception or overthought that we only become dehydrated in the hot summer months of the year. Yes the increased perspiration that occurs in order to cool us down can increase our fluid losses, but the compensatory thirst mechanism is more exaggerated meaning we drink more. However, in the winter months when it is colder and we sweat less i.e. lose less electrolyte, we tend not to drink so much partly because we don’t have a strong thirst reflex because of relative electrolyte balance, but also because we don’t feel the need to drink so much when it is cooler.

The problem is this, we do still perspire in cooler environments, plus many of us are in centrally heated offices or working manual jobs that still makes us perspire and lose fluid via other ways too including urination, excretion and breathing. It is therefore all too common for people to be sat at a desk, or out in a blustery building site (for example) and be chronically dehydrated (dehydrated over days and even weeks). In order to minimise this it is good practice to sometimes consume an isotonic beverage as well as regular tea, coffee and water. The reason for this is to deliver solute in the form of sodium, potassium, chloride etc, these electrolytes not only enhance rehydration but also stimulate thirst, encouraging you to drink more. Win win!

A great option is EZ Fuel Isotonic or High 5 Isotonic.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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