Submitted by Carriage Crossing of Bloomington
An estimated 60 percent of the human adult body weight is made up of water. Not only does water make up a large percentage of our body weight, it also plays a very important role in our bodies’ functioning properly. Being hydrated helps regulate internal body temperature, metabolize food, flush waste, and lubricate joints. Maintaining proper hydration also allows cells to grow and survive, as well as carries oxygen throughout our bodies.
However, older adults often do not drink enough water are at increased risk for dehydration. This may be due to a diminished thirst sensation or to the fact that they want to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom. While many people think that dehydration is mostly a problem during hot weather, with the main risk being heat exhaustion, not drinking enough fluids can lead to hospitalization and complications such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones. It is also a frequent cause of dizziness, fatigue, and even confusion.
When thinking about hydration, your first thought may be, “I need to drink more water!” However, hydration can be maintained by more than just your water intake. Here are some tips to stay healthy, happy, and hydrated by more than just increasing your water intake:
- Eat it: Fruits, vegetables, and soups are packed with water and have the bonus of additional nutrients. For example: radishes are 95 percent water, lettuce is 96 percent water, and apples are 84 percent water.
- Switch it up: Change up water with your favorite flavors. Add sliced fruit such as strawberries or lemons. There are a number of flavored waters available that can add some variety. But be sure to read the labels so you aren’t drinking brands with added sugar.
- Space it out: Sip small amounts of water frequently throughout the day. As a general rule aim for eight glasses of water a day, equivalent to 64 ounces. Remember, every sip counts in helping you reach your hydration goals.
- Keep it close: Carry your favorite water bottle filled with thirst-quenching liquid wherever you go. Keeping it close will serve as a reminder to stay hydrated and make it convenient!
Although eight glasses of water is adequate for most adults, this recommendation may not be appropriate for everyone. Talk with your primary care provider or specialist to see what amount of fluid intake is best for you. Staying hydrated is an important component of everyday wellness. So, as they say, “Don’t wait, HYDRATE!”
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