It’s the most important nutrient for the human body. It makes up 75% of our muscles and crucial organs, including our brain. All functions in the body need water, including digestion, temperature regulation and the removal of toxins. In fact, we can only last a handful of days without water, while we can live for weeks without food.
So why is it so easy to get dehydrated?
According to MOW’s Registered Dietitians, our bodies cannot store water, and we are constantly losing it from all kinds of daily functions. This is especially true in the warm summer months to come, when dehydration can come even quicker, and for seniors, who are more vulnerable to dehydration. And since even a 10% loss of water can cause blurred vision and delirium, it is EXTREMELY important to stay hydrated.
Some symptoms of dehydration to look out for include:
•Dry mouth, nasal passages or cracked lips
•Darker colored urine
If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure you start slowly increasing your water intake. You should be drinking eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day, throughout the day.*
If this seems like a lot to you, there are a few tricks to making the process a little easier. The MOW Registered Dietitians shared a few:
•Drink a glass of water with each meal
•Add some flavor with fresh produce, like lemons or mint
•Try sparkling water, or even add a splash of juice
•Have a glass or water bottle with you while you watch TV
•Whenever you walk by a water source in your home, e.g., a sink or fridge, take a drink
•If you’re feeling tired of water, other beverages usually contain mainly water anyway. If you do add other beverages periodically, though, just make sure you aren’t loading up on calories, sugar and caffeine, too!
Hopefully one of these tips sparked your interest because dehydration is a serious problem, but easily preventable. Don’t let the hot, summer days get the best of you!
*If you are on a customized diet with fluid restrictions, please check with your doctor before increasing your water intake.