With the temperature heating up and summer right around the corner, staying hydrated is a very crucial part of staying healthy- especially for seniors. Not only do our bodies need water to survive, but consuming water also protects body tissues, lubricates joints, stabilizes body temperature and gets rid of waste. On average, men should consume approximately 3.7 liters of water and women should take in 2.7 liters; this of course is different for everyone and varies depending on level of exercise and other medical issues.
Many of us unfortunately don’t prefer drinking a lot of tasteless water.. So, let’s look at some of the alternatives: Try squeezing some fresh lemon in your water, add water flavoring (you can find flavor packets at the local grocery store), drink tea (hot or cold), try propel, zero water, or another similar product and eat a lot of fruits or vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain a large amount of water, so you’re basically eating your water in the fruits and veggies.
Staying hydrated in Arizona can be difficult- especially for those of us who dislike drinking plain water. Staying conscious of your water intake and drinking even when you’re not necessarily thirsty can be the difference between staying hydrated and becoming dehydrated.
~Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare