With the upcoming summer months, it’s more important than ever to be aware of our body and make an effort to stay hydrated. About 60% of our body is water. As we age, the amount of body water decreases. So even a small change in fluid intake can make an impact on your overall health the way you feel every day
Tips to avoid dehydration:
- Drink (6 – 8 glasses) of fluids per day (unless medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, rule out this amount). Identify medications that may cause fluid loss, e.g., diuretics (water pills).
- Eat your Water:
- Cucumbers – With 95 %water content, a cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst-quenching as a glass of water.
- Watermelon – 92% water (hence the name), watermelon is also a good source of vitamin C.
- Strawberries – Strawberries are 91% water and pack a punch with vitamin C & folate.
- Salad Greens – Part of the reason that two cups of salad greens has fewer than 15 calories is that greens are more than 90% water. They are also packed with nutrients, such as folate, vitamin C, fiber and beta carotene, which helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.
- Yogurt – Regular plain yogurt is 85 to 88% water and you’ll be getting some good-for-you probiotics.
- If you’re bored with water, spice it up with mint, lemons, limes, berries, or flavored drops. Sparking water with zero calories can be a fun option.
- An easy way to sneak in your water is to drink it with all meals. Drink frequently during the daytime, rather than drinking large amounts at one time. Also, you may want to drink most of your water early on in the day, if you deal with incontinence issues.
- Substitute one caffeinated beverage (tea, coffee, soda) a day with a glass of water. Even better, replace soda completely with water and you could lose a few pounds over the year.
- BYOB. Bring a bottle of water with you while doing activities, sitting by your night stand, on the TV tray.