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
- Slice cucumbers in thin slices and put cucumber slices and mint in water.
- 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.)