Drinking water in winter

Are you struggling to down those glasses of water now that the weather is cooler?

Keeping hydrated is just as important in the colder months as it is in summer; even more so when you’re feeling under the weather and your body needs to have fluids replaced.

Often all it takes to keep the good habit going is playing around with some different flavours.


Here are ways to get the water down:

  • Add about 3 tsp lemon juice to a glass of cold or hot water.
  • When you’re done peeling your orange, take a small piece of the peel, squeeze it gently until you smell the fresh aroma, then place it in your glass of room temperature water. Let it stand for about 5 minutes then remove the peel.
  • Add the juice of half a lemon and 1 tsp honey to a cup of hot water and mix well.
  • Immerse a cinnamon stick into a cup of hot water for a few minutes for a subtle sweet flavour and smell.
  • Try out spice chai teas that use combinations of cinnamon, cloves, lemongrass and ginger which you can have as is without adding milk or sugar. Rooibos tea is also a good option.
  • If you want a little kick, mix freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice with a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper to add to hot water.


We also get water from the food we eat, especially fruit and vegetables. Adding water to meals is also an option e.g. If you eat something like Nutrific in the mornings, decrease the amount of milk you add and top it up with hot water, or add water to your smoothies and soups instead of using just yoghurt, milk or cream.

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