The definition of staying hydrated means that your body has enough fluid to function properly, nearly every bodily function requires water. It is a key part of maintaining good health.
As we age, dehydration is more likely to affect us due to decreased thirst, changes in body composition, and changes in our bodies ability to regulate temperature. Additionally, a common side effect from medication is dehydration. A study from the University of California, LA School of Nursing found that up to 40% of older adults may be chronically dehydrated.
Benefits of staying hydrated:
Improves circulation and cognitive function
Cushions vital organs
Keeps skin health
Flushes body waste
Maintains blood pressure
Breaks down food (digestion)
Risks of being dehydrated:
Urinary tract infection
Blood clot complications
Reduce immune system function
Reduce vestibular system function
You may know how much we love the Brain at Engage. Staying hydrated is a great way to love your brain!
Staying hydrated also has lots of mental health benefits!
A study demonstrated that people who drank sufficient amounts of water regularly are more likely to be healthy and happy with decreased risk of depression and anxiety.
How can I know if I am dehydrated?
Check your urine. If the color is pale and/or clear, you are likely well hydrated. If it is darker with amber or brown colors, you may be dehydrated.
How much water is necessary?
There are a lot of sources with different data regarding exactly how much water to drink per day. A good goal to set would be ½ your body weight in ounces + consuming water from fruits, vegetables, and water based beverages such as water, juice, tea, coffee or milk. Alcohol is dehydrating, so it doesn’t count!
How can I increase my water take if I am not a big fan of drinking water?
There are lots of ways! Stay tuned for next week for easy ways to get your hydration.
Therapists at Engage Therapy & Wellness in Syracuse NY are experienced in working with people improving their health and can help you develop ways to live your best life! Call our office at 315-810-2423 or email us at email@example.com with questions.