It’s easy to remember proper hydration on a hot summer day, but hydration during the cold months is just as important. Check out the chart below for some tips on monitoring and maintaining proper hydration this winter (or any time).
Remember – the body is 60 – 70% water. Even a small drop in hydration can cause serious side effects – from impaired work performance to exhaustion, disorientation or even hypothermia. Water and electrolyte beverages can help maintain and replenish the body’s hydration levels.
Here are 7 tips for handling cold stress and managing dehydration risk factors during the winter. These tips come to us from Sqwincher, a valued Ritz Safety partner, and supplier of a whole range of electrolyte replacement drinks.
- Use extreme caution in environments of 32°F or below.
- Allow the body to adjust to cold weather gradually.
- Cold weather apparel is necessary, but can increase the risk of dehydration. Be sure to wear layers, and monitor yourself for proper hydration.
- Thirst and sweat can be misleading in the winter. Use the self-monitoring tips below to check hydration levels regularly.
- Be familiar with the symptoms and warning signs of cold stress (see link below).
- Prevention is much easier than recovering from a cold stress injury.