The importance of hydration in older adults

One of the ways to keep the body healthy is to hydrate, which means keeping a balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. Continue reading our blog to find out more.

The importance of hydration in older adults

Hydration helps the body to do many things, such as control body temperature, move nutrients and oxygen, get rid of waste products, protect joints and organs and improve cognitive function.

Older adults need to be more careful about hydration than younger people because they have some factors that make them more likely to get dehydrated. Some of these factors are less thirst sensation, lower kidney function, medications and medical conditions.

Dehydration can cause a lot of problems for older adults, such as more chances of getting urinary tract infections, kidney stones, constipation, worse cognitive function, memory and concentration, lower blood pressure, heart rate and blood volume and more chances of falling, breaking bones and getting heat stroke.  It can also make chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart failure and kidney disease worse.

As you get older, staying hydrated is essential for your health and well-being. To prevent dehydration, you should follow these tips:

  • Drink water frequently during the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day, or more if you exercise or are in a warm environment.
  • Limit drinks that can make you lose fluids, such as alcohol, caffeine, or sweetened beverages. These drinks can make you urinate more and cause fluid loss.
  • Consume foods that have water in them, such as fruits, vegetables, soups and yoghurt. These foods can help you increase your fluid intake and provide other nutrients and benefits.
  • Pay attention to your urine colour and amount. Your urine should be light yellow and abundant. If your urine is dark yellow or scarce, you may be dehydrated.
  • Look for signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, lips and skin; headache; tiredness; dizziness; confusion; or muscle cramps. If you have any of these symptoms, drink water right away and seek medical help if needed.

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