Photo: Rob Krar, Brenton Reagan, and Jessica Baker warming up some Lemon Tea Hydration Drink Mix before a day of backcountry skiing in the Tetons. Jackson, WY. DAVID STUBBS
When you’re cold (and wet), the last thing on your mind is hydration. You’re not as thirsty and you’re probably not sweating as much, but don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t need to hydrate! Winter dehydration can zap your power and keep you from performing at your best.
Tips & tricks for cold-weather hydration:
High-altitude and dry air suck moisture from your body with every breath (even when you’re sleeping), so up your intake of fluids and electrolytes. Adding flavor + electrolytes to your water (see Hydration Drink Tabs) has been shown to make you want to drink more!
Practice smart layering. Wear multiple layers so you can regulate your temperature and avoid excessive sweating. Remember, sweat-wicking base layers are key to balancing your core temp.
When it’s cold and snowy, it’s a lot easier to drink hot liquids. Try mixing Summit Tea Roctane Drink with hot water in an insulated mug for energy and hydration on the go.
Not sure how much to drink? Weigh yourself before and after you exercise – for every pound you lose, that’s a pint (16 oz) of fluid that you should have replaced! Re-hydrating with electrolytes helps you retain more fluids, while drinking plain water may just leave you running to the bathroom more!
Read more about winter hydration here: Lab Notes – Winter Sports and Dehydration.