How To Get Hydration Right For Your Body In Later Life

Hydration in later life, or life as a health copywriter is essential. Did you know that the water content of your body decreases by around 15% as you age?  It means that losing the equivalent of a cup of water will have a more significant effect on you at seventy than it did at twenty.  One of the many common reasons for hospital admission in older people is dehydration.  It may be because your thirst sense weakens with age, and as it only takes a slight bit of dehydration for the effects to begin showing, it’s essential to make sure you are drinking enough fluids.

Why You Should Be Thinking About Hydration

It is easy to become dehydrated in our warm climate. The short-term effects of dehydration should be enough of an encouragement.  Make sure that staying hydrated is at the forefront of your mind. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of headaches, and also contributes to tiredness or fatigue. Problems caused by long-term hydration are all things you’ll want to avoid, especially in later life when your health is more precious. Your joints and bones need to be well hydrated to keep things moving smoothly, and for those already concerned with heart problems, it’s important to know that long-term dehydration increases the production of cholesterol. You also need to look after the organs which help to flush infection and illness from your body; the bladder and kidneys also work less effectively when dehydrated.

How to Make Sure You’re Drinking Enough

Maintaining a healthy senior diet and lifestyle.  Drinking plenty of water should already be on your radar as something which helps ease the ageing process. There’s a lot to remember with diet, medication, and exercise, but increasing your water intake is very simple. Try sticking labels on your water bottle to mark how much water you need to drink. Get an app on your smartphone to alert you each time you need to take a drink.

More Motivation

You can also try mixing up some tasty flavours to make your drinks more appetising: they needn’t be complicated or fancy - in fact, simple is best! Try adding natural ingredients which will help you hydrate more effectively, and provide other benefits to your health.

  • Coconut water replaces electrolytes just as well as sports drinks, which help to maintain a lower blood pressure and combat fatigue.

  • Cucumber juice is mainly water but contains a significant boost of Vitamins A and C, as well as a refreshing taste.

  • Herbal teas are a suitable replacement for regular tea or coffee, providing extra nutrients without the caffeine. Try different flavours to see which works for you: peppermint can help digestion, and chamomile is a soothing anti-inflammatory.

Author: Jessica Walter is a freelance writer who spent over a decade working as a nutritionist before taking a step back to start a family.  She now advocates good, balanced diets and exercise.