Summer is here and, with it, the usual reminders to stay hydrated. There are some seniors that truly enjoy drinking water and don't need any prodding. If you don't belong to that group, here are a few tips to help you avoid dehydration and its detrimental effects.
- Add flavor to your water with fruit. Lemon slices are an all-time favorite, of course. But you can also add watermelon, oranges, strawberries or whatever your favorite is. Keep the fruit in a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to make sure it tastes great when you're ready for it.
- Include more fruits in vegetables in your daily meal plan. Hydration doesn't have to come directly from water itself. Pineapples, cucumbers, raspberries, celery, and other options all have a high water content. If you prefer, you can try juicing or making delicious smoothies.
- Enjoy some of the beverages out there that are designed to keep people hydrated. Sports drinks, ready-made fruit and vegetables juices, and electrolyte replacement fluids are widely available and much more flavorful than plain water.
- If you do decide to go for clear, crisp, water, don't pressure yourself to drink too much at one time. You might not dread it so much if you have just 8 to 10 ounces at regular intervals. Start early so you can end early and won't have to make too many trips to the bathroom at night.
It might take a few tries to figure out what works for you. But it will definitely be worth it to avoid all the complications and potential medical bills that come with dehydration.
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