Did you know the human body is made up of more than 60% water? It’s no surprise doctors are always pushing the importance of staying hydrated. It’s essential to keeping your body in proper working order. And as you age, this becomes even more important.
Adults over the age of 65 are at a greater risk of dehydration and it is a common cause of hospitalization. For older adults, there are a variety of factors that contribute to dehydration, especially during warmer months, which include stress, medications, exercise, and chronic health problems.
Typically, dehydration is caused by the loss of salts and water in the body due to sweating, over-heating, and illnesses involving vomiting or diarrhea. Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, cramping, headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or an increased heartbeat.
The best way to avoid dehydration is to ensure you are getting enough fluids on a daily basis.
The general rule of thumb has always been to get at least eight glasses of water a day. But it gets a little tricky because every person is a different shape, size, and weight, and has different needs.
According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, men need about 15.5 cups or 3.7 liters of fluid per day. Women, on the hand, require about 11.5 cups or 2.7 liters per day.
When are the best times to drink water? Drinking water all day is beneficial to the body, but there are certain times that are particularly helpful. Drinking water first thing in the morning is a great way for older adults to activate internal organs and start the day off on the right foot. Also, drinking water directly before a meal can help aid with digestion and help prevent over-eating.
Having trouble meeting your daily goal for water intake? It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of daily life and forget to stay hydrated. Below are some tips to help older adults stay hydrated and incorporate more water into their daily routine:
It doesn’t matter how you get your eight glasses a day, just make sure you’re doing everything you can to get them!
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