Everyone knows that staying hydrated is an important part of keeping your body healthy. During the summer, this can be especially challenging with the heat and extra time spent outside. For the elderly especially, it is important to be aware of how much water is being consumed to avoid dehydration during the summer time. In this article, we will explore ways to look for signs of dehydration as well as ways to stay hydrated.
Signs of Dehydration
Many of the signs of dehydration can be confused with signs of other health problems. Here is a list of signs and symptoms to look for.
- Not peeing or having very dark yellow pee.
- Very dry skin.
- Feeling dizzy.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Rapid breathing.
- Sunken eyes.
- Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability.
- Dry or sticky mouth
- Not peeing very much
- Dark yellow pee
- Dry, cool skin
- Muscle cramps
If you or anyone you know experiences some of these signs, it is best to get them fluids as quickly as possible. If symptoms are severe, take them to the nearest hospital. Older adults are more at risk for dehydration, because they can be more likely to forget to drink water. Also, with other underlying health issues, some of these symptoms may not be as obvious. Make sure you are paying close attention to notice the signs and symptoms as soon as possible.
Ways To Stay Hydrated
A common misconception about hydration is that water consumption is the only way to hydrate. While drinking water is great for you, it is not the only way to get an adequate source of fluid. Here are other ways you can work on getting the water you need for your body.
- Eat your vegetables.
- Take advantage of summer fruit.
- Grab an iced coffee.
- Make a cold soup.
- Start your day with oatmeal.
- Try coconut water.
- Sample different flavors of juice
- Buy a water bottle that is fun to drink from.
- Track the amount of water you are consuming.
- Order water when you are out to eat.
Hydration is key to staying healthy and alert. Seniors are at greater risk for dehydration because of how body composition changes with age. Water is necessary for nearly every bodily function, from lubricating joints to regulating body temperature and pumping blood to the muscles. So not getting enough of it can have serious health consequences.
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