Summer Hydration Tips For Seniors
Summer on the Island can get very hot. Making sure that your hydration levels are up to par is important. As a senior, it’s even more important to keep up your water intake. Riverside has put together some quick tips on making sure you stay hydrated.
Summer Hydration Tips
How Much Water?
Doctors recommend that the average adult take in at least 1.5 litres of water per day. This does not count if you are outside or engaging in physical activity. Drinks like soda and coffee can actually dehydrate a person and should not be counted in your daily intake.
These are a few ways to ensure that you meet your daily recommended water intake.
- Keep water on your person whenever you go outside or partake in physical activities like walking or water aerobics.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Keeping a hat on or using an umbrella can reduce your body temperature and mitigate the risks of dehydration.
- Hate the taste of water? You can use a water diffuser to help by adding fresh berries and lemon in your water bottle. Yum.
- Drink water with every meal, try to avoid sugary drinks or alcohol if you can help it.
How to Tell if You Are Dehydrated
The symptoms of dehydration can come about quickly, and in the summer, even quicker. Here are somethings from emedicine health you should look out for.
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Tired or sleepy
- Decreased urine output
- Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal
- Dry skin
- Few or no tears
If you are experiencing dehydration symptoms this summer it’s important to seek shade immediately and drink water. The symptoms should subside within 30-60 minutes. The best way to avoid dehydration this summer is to follow our tips and always carry water with you.