Hydration for Health: The Importance of Drinking Plenty of Water in Later Life

February 17, 2017 by Andrew Moorey

thompsonWe all know that getting older means having to think more about your health, but what if there was an easy way to help reduce your risk of a whole host of health issues? Water is the answer to your problems. Your body only has to lose 1% of its water content for the effects to start showing, and it’s all too easy to do. Dehydration is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization of older people in the United States - so get smart, and don’t become part of the statistic.

[A big thank you to our guest blogger today: Jessica Walter]

The Facts

  • The water content of your body decreases by around 15% as you age. This means losing the same amount of water as a 20-year old will have more of an impact on you as a senior.
  • In addition, older adults have a weaker thirst sense, so it’s more important to be proactive about your water intake.
  • The body starts to produce more cholesterol to aid cell function when dehydrated. Cholesterol clogs arteries and increases the risk of heart problems.
  • Your bladder and kidneys are responsible for flushing bacteria from your body, but are less effective when dehydrated which increases your chance of infection and illness.
  • Your skin also needs lots of water to help get rid of toxins and stay elastic. Drinking plenty keeps your skin looking clearer and younger.
  • Joint mechanisms, fluids, and cartilage all need to be well hydrated for smooth movement.
  •  Most simple headaches and weariness can be improved with a glass of water.

What Can You Do?

Drinking plenty of water should be part of a generally healthy senior lifestyle designed to combat and ease the signs of ageing. It might seem like just another thing to add to the list and too much to remember, but it’s simple to increase your water intake.

  • Set yourself goals: buy or mark up your own bottle with times of day so that it is easy to see how much you need to be drinking and by when.
  • Monitor your intake: if you’re acquainted with the latest technology, get an app on your smartphone to remind you to drink a glass of water and log your progress.
  • Make it more effective rehydration: even though you might not be a star athlete, rehydration sachets and electrolyte solutions can be a great way to achieve optimum hydration.

Signs of Early Dehydration?

One last thing is to make yourself aware of the early signs of dehydration. The faster you can act, the better.

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • dark urine, and
  • a dry mouth

How We Can Help.

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