Many people with a chronic lung disease think that their hydration worries are over when it gets cold outside, but nothing could be further from the truth. Outdoor activities like going shopping, shovelling snow and walking to the mailbox expose you to the dry air of winter. The dryness in the air causes more water to escape from your body as you breathe, and winter activities are just as likely to work up a sweat. If you’re want to stay hydrated in colder weather, there are 3 tips that can help you.
1. Keep Track of Your Fluid Intake
One easy way to improve your chances of staying hydrated when it’s cold out is to track how much fluid you’re drinking. Although water is preferred, drinks like herbal infusions, tea and coffee can also help you hydrate, but you might want to limit drinks that contain lots of caffeine since it causes the body to release water. There are several easy ways to keep track of your fluid intake. You can use a hand-drawn chart, or you can track your fluid intake with a wide range of food and exercise tracking apps for your smartphone.
2. Eat Salty Foods
Salt is an important mineral for the body because it helps the body retain water longer. Although this can be a problem if taken to excess, eating salty foods when it’s cold out can help you maintain proper hydration. Soups and stews are an excellent example of foods that typically contain a good amount of salt, and the warmth these foods provide can also be welcome when it’s cold out. They’re also made with water, so you’ll get some of your required daily intake just by eating your soup or stew.
3. Choose Water-Rich Foods
A third tip that can help people stay hydrated in the cold is choosing to eat water-rich foods. For instance, vegetables are a type of food that contains a lot of water, and leafy green veggies like kale and Brussels sprouts also contain high amounts of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. Fruits like blueberries, raspberries and elderberries are other excellent choices from a hydration standpoint. Berries in particular have antioxidants that help your body fight infections and inflammation.
Visit Lung Health Institute to Find Help Treating Your Chronic Lung Disease
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute offers many natural treatment options for chronic lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis. One of these options is our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™.
A major component of this initiative is information about many lung-healthy food options, including leafy greens and berries. AI2 also provides specific information about specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. In addition, this plan includes exercise advice, hydration tips and a tracking journal. All these natural methods are combined to help boost your immune system. They can also help train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.