Everyone wants to stay healthy during the holidays.
But did you know that one of the best ways to improve your well-being is to drink lots of water? Staying hydrated throughout the day is necessary for your body to function properly- especially if you’re running around to holiday parties and family gatherings!
Drinking water provides numerous health benefits that will help you feel good, including aiding digestion, circulation, absorption, and ridding the body and skin of toxins. While drinking water can be second nature in warmer seasons like spring and summer, it’s just as important, if not more, to hydrate during the holiday season. When you’re cold, you often become less aware of bodily thirst signals.
Our water filtration experts at ZeroWater understand exactly why it’s so important for you to stay hydrated while celebrating the holidays. Here are our reasons:
1. Boosting Metabolism
The holidays are about friends, family, and good food! It’s hard to ignore the cookies left in the office break room or skip going for a second helping of Mom’s pecan pie. When you overindulge in holiday treats, it can make you feel heavy and sluggish.
Drinking water can help. A study found that after subjects drank approximately 17 ounces of water, their metabolic rate increased by 30%. The researchers estimate that a person who increases their water intake by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories over a year.
Water also acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Your hunger pangs might be caused by thirst rather than a need for food. So, before you reach for another glass of eggnog, sip on some water first.
2. Helping with Recovery
Are you planning to down a few mugs of boozy hot chocolate at your friend’s holiday party? Drinking a ton of water throughout the night can help prevent a nasty hangover and mitigate next-day symptoms like thirst, headache, fatigue, and dry mouth. Some good basic guidelines to follow include drinking a glass of water between alcoholic beverages and before bed.
3. Keeping Your Skin Glowing
When you’re spending all of your days at work and your nights connecting with your loved ones, you don’t have a lot of time for sleep. Throw in travel stress and strange beds, and you have a situation where many people are getting poor quality sleep during the holidays.
You can perk up your energy level with a shot of caffeine or a brisk walk outside, but what about your skin? Stress and lack of sleep can make your skin appear dry and worn out.
Hydration matters here too. Getting enough water can help improve blood flow in the skin and body. Many people who increase their daily water consumption find that their skin takes on a nice healthy glow.
4. Boosting Immunity
There’s a good chance that your social life will be affected by the holidays, whether you’re going to office parties or flying home to see your family. When you’re around that many people, keeping your immune system strong is essential.
Hydration plays a key function in maintaining a healthy immune system. Drinking more water also helps to flush waste from your organs.
5. Keeping Your Breath Fresh
You can’t make a good impression at the holiday party if your breath stinks. Drinking water can ensure that your breath stays fresh and clean. Staying hydrated stimulates saliva production, which helps to cleanse your mouth and remove particles that cause bad breath.
4 Easy Tips for Hydration
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.About 20% of our water intake comes from our food, so make sure you include fruit and vegetables with high concentrations of water. Think watermelon, cucumbers, celery, zucchini, and more. Not only will you be getting more nutrients, but you’ll be helping your body stay more hydrated. A win-win!
Make it more fun.Experiment with how you drink your water. See what temperature you like drinking water best, whether that’s cold, room temperature, or anything in between. Infuse your water with fresh sliced fruit, vegetables (like cucumber), or fresh herbs.
Use an app to track your water habits.These days, many great apps will help you stay on top of how much water you drink daily and even remind you if you need to drink more. If you’d rather not download another app, you can always set a reminder on your phone.
Filter your water.Many people often say they don’t like the taste of water. Though tap water is considered safe to drink, it can still contain trace amounts of contaminants. Drinking water filtered using the ZeroWater’s Five-Stage water filter removes 99.6% of all dissolved solids from your tap water to produce water that tastes purer.
The benefits of hydration are relevant all year-round, but they can be especially important during the holidays when life gets busier. ZeroWater has a wide selection of options that will make staying hydrated through the holidays easier. Our products include our 5-stage filtration system that removes more dissolved solids than any other pour-through filtration device, our ExtremeLife faucet mount that is certified to reduce PFOA/PFOS and third-party tested to reduce lead, and our EcoFilter, a water filter with no plastic shell that lasts 3x longer than standard options.