As we move through the summer months, we spend a majority of our time outside with family and friends. However as the heat rises, it increases the risk for dehydration which comes from not drinking enough water when it is hot outside. About 60% of the human body consists of water and we need to consume a certain amount each day to survive. This is especially important for seniors because, as we age, our body’s ability to conserve water decreases. With this in mind, it is important to prevent fluid and electrolyte imbalance in seniors. Here are a few fun ways to stay hydrated this summer.
The best fluid you can put in your body to stay hydrated is water. However, water can be boring and a chore to drink everyday. Did you know that infusing flavors of a vegetable or fruit to cold water can make it taste even better while still receiving the hydration benefits? According to OneGreenPlanet.org, “Infused water introduces even more health benefits to your hydration routine.” The sky’s the limit when infusing water including endless combinations of fruits, herbs and vegetables. An additional benefit of infused water is the nutrients gained naturally from the ingredients used to infuse the water.