Come winter many of us find that we start to suffer from dry and itchy skin, chapped lips, dry coughs, nosebleeds, acne and/or headaches. What we don’t realise is that these symptoms may be due to dehydration.
You need to DRINK more WATER!
Many of us find drinking water in the winter much more difficult than in the summer months; however water in the winter is just as important. Conditions in the winter are much drier to due a drop in humidity outdoors and the use of indoor heating systems.
The cold weather doesn’t make drinking water as easy as when it’s a nice hot summer’s day; however, one SOLUTION to increasing your water intake in the winter is by drinking herbal teas. Not only do herbal teas count towards your water intake they have many additional health benefits. Try not to add sugar to your herbal tea as your body uses water from your tissues to dilute the sugar. It does this in order for the sugar to be absorbed into your blood stream, however this process further dehydrates you.
Here are 5 must drink teas for the winter!
Dandelion Tea: This is a great tea for cleansing the blood and liver. It helps to alleviate constipation and bloating. Women may find that it helps to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, it is also known to be good for sufferers of gout.
Fennel Tea: Great for bloating and eliminating gas, this tea is also known to be very good for IBS sufferers.
Peppermint Tea: This is an excellent tea for calming the digestive tract, as well as easing nausea and headaches. In addition it can help with bad breath.
Lemon Tea: Lemons are known to cleans and stimulate the liver and kidneys as well as easing heartburn and bloating.
Ginger Tea: A brilliant tea first thing in the morning as the slight bite of ginger will help to wake you up and keep you alert. Also known to help with upset stomach, nausea, soothe menstrual pains, ward off colds, and help to reduce soar throats.
All of these ‘must have’ teas can either be purchased as tea bags, or you can have a go at making them yourself simply by adding the natural ingredients to boiling water.
The next time you experience dry and itchy skin, chapped lips, dry coughs, nosebleeds, acne, or even headaches, before reaching for the usual medications, reach for a few glasses of water or warm herbal tea. You’ll save money and feel great.