By Anthony Fischer
All throughout your childhood your Mother told you to eat your vegetables, clean your plate and drink your water. The classic dinner time battle is one of the oldest stories in the book. But turns out all the time your Mom spent sitting at the table watching you stare at your asparagus in protest was time well spent.
Dehydration occurs when your body dries out from lack of water and its one of the leading causes of illness among seniors. In fact the average person must drink 46 ounces of water a day in order to maintain healthy hydration. That about six 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
The amount of water you need to drink to maintain hydration may increase based on outside circumstances
According to the Mayo Clinic preventing dehydration is even more challenging as we get older.
Via Mayoclinic.com – “As you age, you become more susceptible to dehydration for several reasons: Your body’s ability to conserve water is reduced, your thirst sense becomes less acute, and you’re less able to respond to changes in temperature. What’s more, older adults tend to eat less than younger people do and sometimes may forget to eat or drink altogether.”
Preventing dehydration can be tricky especially as you age. But adding an illness or hot weather it your situation can make it that much more difficult. Be sure to take in more water if you are sick or during the summer to account for increased sweating.
Now if your one of those people who hates drinking water don’t fear. You can get some of your daily fluids from both food and beverages. Fruits and vegetables contain higher amounts of water than other food and can supplement what you drink every day.
Turns out even as we get older, yours you should still listen to you Mom. You health may depend upon it.
For more tips on elder care and safety visit www.elderadvocacygroup.info
For more information on dehydration visit www.mayoclinic.org and search dehydration.