Remember to stay hydrated

As you age, your body loses some of its abilities to properly regulate fluid levels and your sense of thirst may begin to diminish. This puts you at a higher risk for becoming dehydrated. It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Try to get at least 1.5 liters (6-8 cups) of water daily, which is advised for aging adults. Needs may vary depending on your medical history.

Ways to Stay Hydrated

  • Keep a water bottle on hand all day. Take a few sips every 30 minutes.
  • Snack on fruits and vegetables with a high-water content, including watermelon, citrus fruit, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and salad greens.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed, or drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
  • If you do not like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of cucumber or lemon to your drink.

Infuse your water 

Cucumber and Mint Infused Water


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cucumber
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Water pitcher


  1. Slice cucumbers in thin slices and put cucumber slices and mint in water.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours overnight for optimal taste. 

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(Shakera Williams, M.P.H. is Assistant Nutrition Extension Agent- FCS for Webster/Claiborne parishes. Contact her at (318) 371-1371.)