Fellowship Square Mesa Shares The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Did you know that senior adults are one of the most at risk groups for dehydration? As a natural part of the aging process, our bodies undergo physiological changes that increase our risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to hospitalization, infection, loss of cognitive function, and even death. In addition, some senior adults do not sense being thirsty and do not drink enough.
Our fluid balance can be affected by medication, emotional stress, exercise, general health, and the weather. The most common signs and symptoms of dehydration include persistent fatigue, lethargy, muscle weakness or cramps, headaches, dizziness, nausea, forgetfulness, confusion, deep rapid breathing, or an increased heart rate. Here a few tips to help you stay hydrated.
Hydration Tips:
  • 6 – 8 glasses of water per day (48 to 64 fluid ounces daily)
  • Keep a fresh glass or bottle of water with you all day
  • Water is the best option for hydration
    • If you drink juice or soda consider diluting it with water
    • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid prolonged periods of time exposed to the summer weather
  • When dining look for foods that contain water: soups, fresh fruit and vegetables, and  popsicles
The best fresh fruit and fresh vegetable ideas for increasing your daily water intake:
Fresh Fruit
Fresh Vegetables
  • Strawberries (92% water)
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Raspberries
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Green peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • If you are concerned about your dehydration program consult with your doctor. Otherwise, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables. Be conscious of times when you’ll require extra fluids: when you are sick and during and after exercise. With an extra bit of attention, you can stay hydrated and healthy this summer, avoiding the potential danger of dehydration.