We all know that hydration is extremely important for our overall health, but did you know that older adults are at risk of worse dehydration? Remembering to stay hydrated as an older person can be more difficult.
When we get older our sense of thirst diminishes, so even if our body is needing water, we might not realise. Also, as we age the body’s mechanisms which are designed to protect us from dehydration, don’t work as well.
Here’s some tips to make sure you’re always hydrated.
1. 8 cups of water a day!
The ‘eight glasses of water a day’ rule can seem overwhelming but is a pretty consistent recommendation for keeping hydrated.
There are practical ways to achieve this. Try having a cup or two with every meal, and when you brush your teeth.
2. Would you like a cuppa?
While caffeine can be a diuretic, herbal teas like chamomile, ginger and peppermint often contain no caffeine at all. In the colder months it can be even harder to remember to drink, so tea could be a good idea. For more tips for staying well in winter, check out this blog post: https://letsgetcare.com.au/8-tips-to-keep-well-this-winter/
If English Breakfast is more your cup of tea, don’t fret because as long as you have it in moderation and keep up your water in-take you’ll be fine. )
3. Variety is the spice of Life!
If you’re sick of drinking water, (even though it’s the most ideal source of hydration)… switch it up with some milk or juice.
Everything in moderation though, particularly with juice which can be very high in sugar.
4. Get fruity
There are a lot of fruits that are actually extremely hydrating. Some examples and their water content are:
- Watermelon = 92%
- Strawberries = 91%
- Cantaloupe = 90%
- Peaches = 89%
- Oranges = 88%
5. Sweet and SAVOURY
If you’re more of a savoury fan why not try drinking some hot soup?
Whether it’s a homemade minestrone or a store-bought chicken noodle soup, anything containing water will provide you with a sneaky way to stay hydrated.
6. Make your water fancy
Try adding extra things to your water to jazz it up a little. Whether it be cucumber, strawberries or slices of lemon, get creative and make hydration fun.
Here are a few ideas you could try: https://www.culinaryhill.com/8-infused-water-recipes/
These are just a few ideas to change your mindset when it comes to staying hydrated. You may have already been doing some of these things and not even realised.
Dehydration is very common and can become a serious issue as we get older. So, the best thing to do is try and prevent it from happening, to avoid problems in the future.