Watch for Dehydration in Your Older Relatives and Friends

It’s important to make sure older adults drink enough water every day.

Older people often do not feel thirst as quickly as a younger person does. Older adults who have difficulty communicating, should be watched for the signs of dehydration because they cannot communicate their thirst to caregivers.

If your older adult needs assistance to drink, make sure that you have glasses that are not too heavy, or too difficult to hold, and straws are sometimes ncessary to facilitate drinking without choking.

Medications such as diuretics which are commonly prescribed to older adults, can lead to dehydration.

Older adults who have a sudden change in behavior, especially if they become non-communicative, should be evaluated for dehydration. All too often dehydration is misdiagnosed as dementia.

Make sure your older adult drinks at least 8 glasses of 8 ounces of fluids a day, even if it means more trips to the bathroom. Good urine output is a sign that dehydration is being reversed.

Dehydration in older adults can be deadly. Once organ failure sets in, approximately 50% of older adults will die from it.

Drink up! Push the fluids. Save your older relative or friend’s life.


Reasons to Drink Lemon Water #1

Lemon water in the morning is fantastic for your body. Adding lemon to water not only quenches thirst, it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements such as the electrolytes potassium, calcium and magnesium, which we absolutely need. Lemon with water is a great natural energy booster.

Healthy Hydration in the Fall and Early Winter

water_hydrationAs the weather grows cooler, it is easy to be fooled by how much water you still need to maintain muscle health.

Adequate hydration is necessary to keep your muscles functioning with cramps and pain, because water is what keeps nutrients flowing into the muscle and waste products flowing out.

Because the temperatures are cooler, you may not be sweating as much but you still require about 8 ounces of water for every hour that you are awake.

A pinch of good ocean sea salt dissolved in your water a few times per day will help replace the electrolytes that create the electrical charge your muscles need to flex or contract.

10 Reasons to Juice #1

We need liquids to remain healthy, and juicing is a good source of liquids. It is estimated that more than 50% of people are chronically under-hydrated–that is, they consume less than the recommended 5-6 glasses of non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages needed daily. Staying hydrated makes the body function more efficiently, improves energy, and helps remove unwanted byproducts more easily.


It’s Getting Cooler, but You Could Still be Dehydrated

Even though the temperatures are falling, you do not have to sweat profusely to become dehydrated.

Studies show that adults over the age of 50 are the most likely to become dehydrated because the ability to recognize thirst decreases, many older adults take diuretics to control blood pressure, and some people who suffer bladder control problems drink less than they should.

You know you’re not drinking enough if you suffer muscle cramps with physical activity. Adding a sports drink with sodium will help.

Suspect you’re not drinking enough if you experience altered mood, impaired memory or headaches.

The old rule still holds true, eight 8-oz glasses of water a day is where you start. You may need more if you’re physically active.

Three Delicious Ways to Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important to mood, energy levels, cognitive function and brain health. If you do not enjoy plain water or find sports drinks too sweet or too salty, here are a few ideas for make-it-yourself sports drinks that will help replace electrolytes and fluids.

Lemon-Lime Lusciousness
2 Cups of Water, 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice from 1/2 a lemon, and 1/2 a lime plus a pinch of sea salt.

Pomegranate Perfection
2 cups of green tea, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of pomegranate juice, and a pinch of sea salt.

Coconut Water Combo
2 cups of coconut water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of mango, apple, guava or orange juice.