Summer’s hot, sunny days are here, which means it’s more important than ever to keep hydrated. Even in its mildest forms, dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Untreated, dehydration can have extreme consequences, so it’s vital to keep yourself hydrated by taking in plenty of fluids.
By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, and as we age, our bodies’ thirst sensation diminishes. This can make drinking lots of water uncomfortable and inconvenient. Luckily, staying hydrated can be a lot more fun and interesting than just drinking lots of water. Here are some tips and tricks to keep hydration easy and delicious in these warmer months.
Mix it up. Water is tasteless, and drinking glasses all day can seem more like a chore than anything else. So make the water interesting! Try sparkling options, or add some fruit juice to your water. Try de-caffeinated iced tea, and add a wedge of lemon or some other fruit. And fruit isn’t just for iced tea—adding some strawberries, raspberries, or citrus wedges to your water can add some delightfully refreshing flavor.
Freeze! What’s a great way to stay hydrated and cool off at the same time? Fluid is still hydrating even if it’s frozen. Making ice cubes from fruit juice can add interest to your simpler drinks, and popsicles make a great hydrating treat. Adding pieces of fruit can add extra flavor, and extras like mint leaves can make your icy concoctions extra cool.
Snack your way. Don’t forget—we get a lot of our water from fruits and vegetables. If the special senior in your life is tired of drinking all the time, suggest a little snack. Oranges, grapes, and other fruit pack a hefty hydrating punch. (Hint: grapes are even better when they’re frozen!) Veggies are great for hydration too. So next time you’re in the mood for a snack, reach for some celery, cucumber, tomatoes, or even bell peppers.
No matter how you choose to stay hydrated, remember to stay on top of your fluid intake. We set reminders to take medication, but staying hydrated is just as important. Make sure to keep a hydrating beverage handy, especially if you’re going outside. If you notice anyone displaying extreme symptoms of dehydration, seek medical assistance immediately. The good news is that keeping hydrated doesn’t have to be as boring as drinking water all day. Have fun coming up with tasty snacks and delicious, refreshing drinks this summer.
For more information about how we keep our residents at AlmaVia of San Francisco safe and comfortable during the summer months, visit http://www.almaviaofsanfrancisco.org or call 415-508-5500.