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966608_stkXchngWhile staying hydrated is important year-round, it’s especially difficult and equally important, during the winter months. Cold weather can make your skin dry and flaky and can make drinking water seem like a chore. The thing to remember is that a dehydrated body may be more susceptible in winter to fatigue, colds and flu.

Follow these tips for staying hydrated this winter:

  • Make your water taste better – Try infusing it with fresh fruit (lemon slices, berries, cucumber slices or just a splash of organic juice) and keep a full pitcher handy in the fridge.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and veggies – Apples are made up of about 84 percent water, while tomatoes are 94 percent water.
  • Mix up cold, hot and room temperature drinks – Try having a cup of hot tea in the morning, drinking ice water with meals and placing a water bottle next to your bed for middle-of-the-night cravings.
  • Take water with you – It is easy to stop at a soda machine when you’re out and about, but taking water bottles with you (in your bag or car) may help you avoid giving in to sugary drinks.
  • Try to consume about a gallon of liquids each day, and remember to count soups, juices and vegetables as liquids.
  • If it’s harder to drink cold water during the colder months, try keeping water at room temperature. You won’t feel as chilled after drinking it.

Find a system that will work for you and stick to it. We’re all different and what works for one may not work for the other.