Staying Hydrated is Vital as You Age

Every part of our body ages we can’t stop the aging process, but we can slow it down some by doing some things differently. Staying hydrated is one of those things. Our bodies are about 60% water and without getting enough water our bodies won’t function properly. Sometimes we just don’t realize all of the positive effects staying hydrated has on our body.
We suffer from dehydration when our bodies lose salt and water because of sweating, vomiting, extreme heat, medications and diarrhea. As we age, this loss can become extremely dangerous because we’ve lost the fluid our body needs to carry blood throughout our bodies and to our organs. In some cases, we might not even feel thirsty and we might have become less mobile so we just don’t get around to drinking water like we should.
Some of the symptoms in aging people are exactly like the symptoms of someone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, so it’s hard to determine which symptoms are which. Some of the most common symptoms of dehydration are fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, forgetfulness, increase in heart rate, confusion, and headaches.
As we age our metabolism slows down so we aren’t as active as we were before and don’t need as many calories to function. A lot of our hydration comes from some of the foods we eat and by eating less we aren’t staying as hydrated we are actually only getting about half of what our bodies require in water a day.
Also, as we age, we may develop some diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease which places us at risk for taking medications that can cause dehydration. Other contributing factors to dehydration for those who are older can be emotional stress and body temperature changes.
As an older adult, we should be drinking at least 64 ounces of fluids each day. Part of getting that 64 ounces can also be gained by eating fruits like watermelon, apples, oranges and various berries. You can also eat vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce, and celery. Otherwise, drink water daily and if you don’t like the taste of water you can use a powered drink mix which doesn’t contain any added sugar.
Staying hydrated is vital during every stage of life, but as you age, it becomes much more important to your overall health. Try drinking water rather than drinking liquids like tea, soda or coffee since those contain caffeine that makes you tend to go to the bathroom more often, leading to dehydration.
One sure sign of dehydration is the color of your urine. If it is a dark yellow color then you are dehydrated and should begin drinking more water immediately. Your urine should be a light yellow color, and the darker the color of it, the more you need to be drinking to get it back to normal. If, however, your urine is a dark brown color, you might have other issues besides dehydration and you should consult with your doctor.
No matter what your age, stay hydrated the best you can, and as you age, make sure you make staying hydrated a priority in order to keep your body healthy.

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