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In the summer, drinking more water comes naturally for a lot of people. After all, there’s nothing like a hot, humid and active day that gets you to reach for an icy cold glass of water!

In the fall and winter, however, have you ever noticed how your need for water isn’t always quite as obvious? Here’s why that happens.

1. Research has shown that our sense of thirst is blunted by up to 40 percent in colder weather.

According to at least one study, there’s a physiological response behind why we don’t exactly feel as thirsty when we’re cold. You know how your hands, feet, nose and even ears feel freezing when the temperature drops? Well, those cold sensations also impact your thirst sensation.

When you’re cold, blood is prevented from flowing freely to the extremities due to the way your blood vessels constrict in colder temperatures. And as a result, your body is tricked into thinking it’s good and hydrated, when in fact it may not be.

2. Greater amounts of coffee to cope with the colder weather can throw your body for a loop.

For a lot of people, the multiple cups of coffee they consume every day is what makes the fall and winter seem just a little more bearable. It’s long been thought that caffeine is a diuretic, but some studies have shown that it doesn’t have the dehydrating effect we thought it did.

In fact, the bigger issues lie with caffeine-induced headaches, jitteriness, anxiety, crashes and insomnia. More caffeine doesn’t leave you significantly dehydrated, but it doesn’t make you healthier either, so balancing it out with more water is always a good idea. If coffee is what gets you through the colder months, consider switching it up from time to time with decaf coffee, caffeine-free herbal tea and most importantly—plain water.

3. Respiratory fluid loss increases in colder weather. 

No matter what time of year it is, we all lose some amount of fluid through respiration. When the temperature drops, however, that’s when we tend to lose more. In fact, respiratory fluid loss increases by up to 5 mL per hour when breathing in cold, dry air. To put that in perspective, normal respiratory fluid loss is about 250 to 350 mL per day.

If you live in any part of the world that has dramatic seasonal changes, then you’ve no doubt been able to see your breath outside in the cold. The breath that you see is actually water vaporizing from your body.

4. Wearing heavier clothing causes your body to lose more water through sweat.

Bulky sweaters and scarves may be in fashion, and they do help with conserving heat, but they also make your body work harder compared to when you’re wearing lighter clothing. More sweat equals more water loss.

5. The colder weather causes sweat to evaporate more quickly.

It’s often hard to tell whether you’re really sweating or not when it’s cold out, because colder and drier air makes sweat evaporate at a faster rate. Athletes and people who engage in physical labor outside in the colder weather need to be especially aware of how much water they are or aren’t drinking since they’re more prone to experiencing cold-induced urine diuresis—a hormonal response that signals the kidneys to pull out excess fluids in order to lower blood pressure, in turn producing more urine.

You may not be thirsty, but it’s important to be mindful of how much water you’re drinking as the colder weather and darker days set in. Your brain and your body will thank you for it!
SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-reasons-to-up-your-water-intake-during-the-colder-months.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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