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How Seniors Can Stay Hydrated During The Summer Months

July 2024 Blog Title Image: Tips To Stay Hydrated

For adults over 65, staying hydrated is essential for overall health and to avoid dehydration. The general guideline is to drink about 1.7 liters (or 57.5 ounces) of water per day, which is roughly equivalent to 7-8 cups. However, your needs can vary based on factors such as activity level, health conditions, and the dry climate of New Mexico.

Tips for Seniors Staying Hydrated:

  1. Drink Regularly: Sip water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.

  2. Eat Hydrating Foods: Include fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, and oranges.

  3. Monitor Urine Color: Light yellow urine generally indicates good hydration, while darker urine can be a sign of dehydration.

  4. Set Reminders: Use alarms or apps to remind you to drink water regularly.

  5. Flavor Your Water: Add a splash of lemon or lime juice to make drinking water more enjoyable.

Seniors drinking water to stay hydrated

Special Considerations:

  1. Medications: Some medications can affect hydration levels, so on your next visit with us we can discuss your medications and how they may affect your hydration status.

  2. Health Conditions: Conditions like kidney disease or heart failure may require specific fluid intake recommendations. So, if you have chronic kidney disease let’s talk about it on your next visit.

Staying hydrated helps maintain energy levels, supports digestion, and keeps your body functioning properly.

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