Staying Hydrated in The Heat
Editor’s note: It’s always good to stay hydrated, but it’s absolutely essential in the hot weather, where you can become thirsty without even realizing it. Here, from the experts at Go4Life, a division of the National Institute on Aging, offer background information, as well as some tips, to help you make sure you’re drinking enough healthy liquids:
Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and then get rid of the unused waste.But as we age, some people may lose their sense of thirst. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids.
Drinking enough fluids every day also is essential if you exercise regularly. Check with your doctor, however, if you’ve been told to limit how much you drink.
Here are some strategies for staying hydrated:
Try to add liquids throughout the day.
Take sips from a glass of water, milk, or juice between bites during meals.
Have a cup of low-fat soup as an afternoon snack.
Drink a full glass of water if you need to take a pill.
Have a glass of water before you exercise or go outside to garden or walk, especially on a hot day.
Remember, water is a good way to add fluids to your daily routine without adding calories.
Drink fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation. That means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.
Don’t stop drinking liquids if you have a urinary control problem. Talk with your doctor about treatment.
For more information about senior health and fitness, visit Go4Life.