Drinking Enough Water and Our Seniors!
It is no doubt a blessing to be able to grow older and wiser; however all too often seniors are faced with illnesses that are usually detected, but one so called illness is not really an illness at all, it is almost always neglected but can be easily remedied: Dehydration.
The following is a list of symptoms and precautions to look for in seniors to determine if they may be dehydrated:
- Medication Usage: Let’s face it, when we age, eventually we are going to take a pill of some kind to help alleviate what may be ailing us. These same medications can cause dehydration, or dry mouth. Keep track of your fluid intake and tell your doctor about all the medications that you are taking.
- Headaches: Sometimes having a headache, that is every once in a Blue, is nothing to worry about, but if a senior is having constant headaches it is sometimes a sign of dehydration. We don’t normally think about a headache being a symptom of dehydration but it can be even in younger people.
- No Tears: Yes, this I an odd one, but it makes sense. If you see an older person crying and no tears are present, this is sign of dehydration! There literally isn’t enough water present to shed some tears, not that we ever want to see anyone crying, but still, it is a dehydration symptom!
- Heart Rate and Pulse Check: If a seniors heart rate is higher than normal and their pulse feels faint then they might be at risk for dehydration.
- Constipation: This is something that may happen if one is not drinking enough water in both seniors and younger individuals. Easy fix, drink more water!
- Dark Yellow Urine: Quite normal in the morning when one wakes up, but throughout the rest of the day it should not be that same dark yellow color, if it remains dark yellow it is a sure fire sign of dehydration.
- Loss of Balance: We normally do not associate a loss of balance with dehydration, but it is real. It is called, Termed orthostatic hypotension is when your body loses its ability to remain upright due to a reduced blood pressure. When your body is dehydrated, your blood does not move as smoothly as it should through your vascular system which increases the quick reduction in blood pressure, remedy: Drink cold water slowly.
- Diarrhea: This does not always mean that one is dehydrated; however, if experienced frequently will eventually lead to dehydration so keep drinking!
- Exercising and seniors: While exercising in general is great for just about anyone, seniors are more likely to get dehydrated from excess sweating, and not drinking enough water.
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Why Is Drinking Water Important? 6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated
Do you drink enough water each day? If not, your overall health may be taking a toll. And why is drinking water important? Drinking water regularly can help you to lose weight, think better, be in a better mood, prevent disease, and more.
I follow the advice to drink enough water myself. One item I could not live without, in fact, is my water bottle. To make sure I have one with me at all times, I own several. I keep one each in my car, purse, and backpack, so pretty much everywhere I go, I have a water bottle on hand. I also keep a reusable cup with a lid and straw next to me all day long, so I can easily drink water throughout the day.
Why Our Bodies Need Water
How much of the human body is water? It might surprise you to learn that water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight.
And what does water do for the body? The benefits of drinking water are many: It’s vital for almost every function in the body. Water acts as a building block, a solvent for chemical reactions, and a transport material for nutrients and waste.
Water also helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation, helps regulate our body temperature, and acts as a shock absorber for our joints and our brain. There are still more health benefits of water: It helps lubricate the linings of our inner organs and maintains healthy kidney function.
Water Your Body: 6 Benefits
Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body healthy and functioning at its highest capacity. Staying hydrated will help you to:
- Improve physical performance. During physical activity, our bodies use up a lot of water. So stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise helps to protect your body from harm, and to help you to perform better. Proper hydration can reduce fatigue, improve endurance, lower your maximum heart rate, and more. Drinking water can also help you to be less sore after exercise.
- Help you to lose weight. Are you having trouble with your weight loss efforts? Increasing your water intake may help you achieve better results. Studies show that people who are on diets lose more weight when they also increase their water intake. In one study, people on weight loss diets who drank 500 ml of water before each of their three daily meals for 12 weeks lost 4.6 more pounds on average than people who did not drink the additional water.
- Boost your mood. People who drink more water also tend to have better moods. One study found that when people who regularly drank less than 1.2 liters of water per day increased their intake to 2.5 liters per day, the participants experienced significantly less confusion, bewilderment, fatigue, and sleepiness. On the other hand, for people who regularly drank two to four liters of water per day who were then restricted to one liter per day, the reduced water intake led negative effects on mood, including decreased contentedness, calmness, and positive emotions.
- Boost your brainpower. When you drink more water, you may improve your cognitive performance, too. Several studies have shown that people drinking water during cognitive tasks performed much better than those people who did not drink water during the tasks. These results have been found in both adults and children.[8-10] Studies suggest that even mild dehydration can impair cognitive function in the short-term.So next time you need to focus, take a test, or use all of your brainpower, keep a glass of water next to you and keep sipping.
- Prevent headaches. Water deprivation is a very common cause of headache. In most cases, rehydrating can provide relief from a headache. For some people, dehydration can also trigger a migraine, so be sure to keep your water intake regular if you are prone to getting migraines or headaches.
- Protect against disease. One of the most important answers to the question “Why is water important?” is its role in disease prevention. Proper hydration may be a useful tool in preventing a variety of health conditions and diseases. Staying hydrated may protect against kidney stones, constipation, asthma, urinary tract infections, coronary heart disease, and even possibly some cancers.
How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?
The amount of water you need to drink will depend on several factors, including your age, gender, activity level, and more. However, here’s a good general guideline when it comes to recommended daily water intake: Women should drink at least 2.21 liters per day and men should drink three liters per day.
Increase your daily water intake as you increase your activity level. Be sure to always drink filtered water to avoid toxins found in tap water.
As you age, you will likely feel less thirsty and thus be prone to drinking less fluid. However, hydration is as important as ever in old age, so be sure to keep water on hand and drink regularly throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Need help drinking more water? Keep track of your water intake by measuring your progress with a cup or water bottle placed in a spot you will see it throughout the day. Set goals for yourself at time points throughout the day to make sure you are drinking enough.
Originally published in 2015, this post is regularly updated by the editors of University Health News. Source: https://bit.ly/2WPdenW By: KATHLEEN JADE, ND 2019.
Best Practices to Stay Healthy and Safe
Unfortunately the Corona virus is still amongst us, and it may very well be here for a very long time, or at least until a vaccine is approved. While we should all protect ourselves as much as humanely possible; nothing, in our opinion, will ever be the same. We all have enough stress and troubles in our own personal lives, and with this virus upon us everything is just that much harder. Thus, we all strive to protect ourselves by doing what our leaders say; which, means to wear a mask, social distance ourselves, and wash our hands to stay and keep clean. So why is drinking cleaner and safer water any different?
The answer: It’s not different.
This falls into the same category as protecting ourselves from invisible invaders like Covid-19, not to mention the enormous health benefits of drinking cleaner water can do all without these invisible invaders. Just because we cannot see what’s in our water with the human eye, does not mean that these invaders are not there. Right now we are consumed with protecting ourselves from this horrible virus, and rightfully so, but in reality we should always be in protection mode focusing on what we drink, eat, and touch all of the time. We are also focused on sanitizing whatever we could; which is something we should have been doing all along. It’s logical to want to have your homes, and workplaces clean, but wiping everything off with Clorox wipes for example, was not something most of us really thought about as a daily or bi-weekly practice. Yes, more work for us. However, having a system in place to drink clean, clear water along with using that water for making coffee, tea, to cook with, to wash with, etc., is also not something that one may consider completely necessary, but you know what? In today’s world it most certainly is!
If we can muster up all of this effort and will to protect ourselves now, then why stop at wearing protective gear and thoroughly washing our hands. Make a conscious decision to purchase a system to make your water and yourselves as healthy as possible and to keep it that way.
We don’t think that wearing masks will be a forever new normal, but there is nothing wrong with keeping yourselves in check with sanitizing practices and having clean water around at any moment’s notice.
Stay healthy and safe.
Your friends at Ronaqua,