During the summer heatwaves, we spend the majority of our time outside with family and friends. We all have seen how easy it is for people to become dehydrated. This is especially important for adults because, as we age, our body’s ability to conserve water decreases. About 60% of the human body consists of water and we need to consume a certain amount each day to survive. So how do you prevent fluid and electrolyte imbalance? Review these tips on how to stay hydrated this summer.
As stated earlier, the majority of the human body consists of water. Therefore, drinking fluids is critical to staying healthy and maintaining heart, brain, and muscle health. So, how much water is necessary to drink in order to stay healthy? About 30 – 50 ouncesof water per day. This not only ensures that you stay healthy but, also prevents dehydration. Did you know that infusing flavors of a vegetable or fruit to cold water can make it taste even better while still receiving the hydration benefits? According to OneGreenPlanet.org, “Infused water introduces even more health benefits to your hydration routine.” An additional benefit of infused water is the nutrients gained naturally from the ingredients used to infuse the water.
Avoid Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
A Urinary Tract Infection is an infection that can contaminate not only the bladder but, the urethra and kidneys, which makes up your urinary system. The most common form of UTI’s infect the bladder and urethra which have symptoms of persistent urination, burning sensation when urinating, or red, bright pink colored urine. One of the best ways to prevent or reduce your chances of developing a UTI is to drink plenty of water. Out of all of the benefits drinking water can provide you, it especially helps prevent infections by diluting your urine as well as increase how frequently you urinate. Most importantly if you suspect that you or a loved one has a urinary tract infection, talk with your doctor about what steps you should take in order to reduce your symptoms and prevent the oncoming of infections.
As the heat and humidity rise, staying hydrated can be difficult, especially for adults who suffer from diabetes. Dehydration is most commonly the result of inadequate water intake but can happen to many people, especially seniors, that have diarrhea, excessive sweating, loss of blood or side effects of prescription medications. Therefore consider these four ways to stay hydrated:
- Make popsicles that have nutritional value to stay hydrated and healthy.
- Hydrate with foods like lettuce, cucumbers, watermelon, strawberries, and celery.
- Smoothies provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants while keeping your body hydrated.
At Spring Hills Senior Communities, we hold nutrition seminars that are focused on educating our clients on staying hydrated and the benefits of electrolytes, which allow them to foster a stronger and more enriched mind, body, and spirit. If your loved one is a resident of Spring Hills, you can be assured that our attentive and knowledgeable caregivers know what to look for and are dedicated to keeping clients well hydrated throughout the day. Don’t let your loved one suffer the repercussions of dehydration and dementia!