Staying well hydrated can be difficult in the colder months, especially when it’s freezing and wet outside. The last thing we often feel like drinking is a cup of chilled water. So, our friends at Golden Grind thought they were putting together a “Winter Fluids Guide” with tips and tricks for staying healthy and staying hydrated.
“It’s amazing how quickly making a few changes to the way you consume fluids can improve your overall health. I’ve personally seen the immediate benefits of changing my drinking habits on my immune system and helping me keep getting sick It’s always one of the first issues I raise with my clients that work almost every time “- Tahli, Head Nutritionist at Golden Grind.
1. Make it warm
Warm drinks are far more gentle on the body than cold or chilled drinks, especially in winter. Consuming fluids that are close to body temperature is less labor intensive for the digestive system, while the immune system is extremely spared. It also allows for faster hydration. Starting the day with a warm drink is one of the easiest but nicest things you can do for your organs and your insides.
2. Tea was medicine before it was a drink
Consume medicinal teas to avoid illness or discomfort, or when you are already feeling run down. Anything that strengthens the immune system, provides energy, sleep and more can be supported with the right tea (try the new range from Golden Grind) and make the cup much more interesting than water.
3. Slow cooked meals and stews
Such a great way to prepare food that is easy to absorb but also contains nutrients. Slow-cooked meals also require a fair amount of fluids, which can really help keep your meals hydrated. Also, you can add all kinds of superfoods and spices like turmeric that will fill the meal with maximum nutrients.
4. Sip broth or miso
If you’re struggling to drink plain water, try adding broth or miso concentration to warm water several times a day for a nice salty effect and nutritional boost.
5. Winter smoothies
Smoothies don’t have to be ice cold or a summer drink. Making a room temperature smoothie is a wonderful brekkie or lunch all year round. Packed with things like oats, grains, proteins, and superfoods, they’re a great way to prepare a non-eating meal or a meal on the go. Also, your preferred liquid can be nut milk, coconut water, fruit, and much more. Try adding Golden Grind’s new superfood mixes to every smoothie mix.
6. What should be avoided?
We are confident that you have heard this before but stay away from it. In general, carbonated beverages, highly processed beverages, sugary beverages, fruit juices, ice-cream beverages, preservatives, alcohol, and high levels of caffeine are recommended.