Do you know what can happen to your body if you don't drink enough water? Most people don't connect dehydration with these symptoms, illnesses, or ailments. Most people turn to medications to treat the symptoms, never considering the "why".
Well, today I want you to consider the "why" if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Very dry skin
not peeing or very dark yellow pee
lack of energy
confusion or irritability
inability to lose weight
fever over 101
low blood pressure upon standing
in extreme cases - seizures
(NOTE: Any of the above symptoms can indicate mild or severe dehydration. You need to decide if you think you can self hydrate or if you need medical help. Don't take chances by self treating, if you have severe symptoms. Seek medical help.)
How important is it for the over 50 person to stay hydrated?
Extremely! Why is more dangerous for an older person to become dehydrated? Brain cells will sometimes try to store water to quickly and that can result in damage to cells and even the rupturing of brain cells. This is more likely to happen in someone over the age of 50. I have known several people over 50 who were hospitalized for being dehydrated when they thought they were just really tired.
What are the best drinks if you are deydrated? Here's some suggestions:
Water - this is the best way to stay hydrated
Electrolyte infused water
Skim and low fat milk
fruits and vegetables
coffee and tea
If you are experiencing severe symptoms of dehydration, see your doctor. You may need IV fluids or special hydration fluids. Don't just reach for the pain reliever or sleep excessively. Try more water first.
The best thing is to not get dehydrated in the first place. Most health professionals agree that you should drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water each day. That would be 64 ounces through the whole day. This seems to be the minimum amount needed. Some medical professionals think we need a little more than 64 ounces.
Drinking water is the liquid gold of life.The bottom line is no matter what age you are, you should drink water, the recommended average is eight-eight ounce glasses per day, but especially important if you are over the age of 50. The benefits of staying hydrated are enormous.
How much water do you drink in a day? Do you increase your water consumption if you are active outdoors on a hot summer day? Have you ever been dehydrated? What symptoms did you experience?