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Preventing Dehydration

February 25, 2020

Drinking plenty of water is critical to wellness because dehydration is a common cause of hospitalization among older people. Many of the earliest signs, like dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness and muscle cramps, are nonspecific and could be easily attributed to other medical conditions, medications or natural effects of aging. Water is good for both elimination of toxins in the body and the breakdown and passage of nutrients through the digestive tract. 

Many people find that drinking plain water just isn’t interesting. Plus, we tend to lose our sense of thirst as we age, which results in not drinking enough fluids. Fortunately, there are plenty of modifications and alternatives available. Try using water enhancers, opting for pre-flavored waters, serving a half water and half juice mixture, or fruit-infused water.

Alternatively, warm broth can provide a soothing savory source of fluids and electrolytes that seems more like a “meal” and less like a drink. Popsicles, milkshakes and smoothies may be more enticing options that function as a sweet vehicle for fluids.

Experimenting with different serving temperatures may make beverages more appealing. Some people prefer a beverage that is room temperature, while others prefer a warm or cold drink. Serving a drink at the desired temperature will increase the likelihood it will be consumed.

 

Try using water enhancers, opting for pre-flavored waters, serving a half water and half juice mixture, or fruit-infused water.

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