Keep Hydrated This Summer

two bright yellow lemon wedges dropped into bubbly water

Our bodies constantly need water to survive, and good hydration means getting the right amount of water throughout each day. The U.S. National Academy of Medicine recommends around 12-16 cups of water per day for adults.

In older adults, hydration has been associated with fewer falls, less constipation, reduced risk of bladder cancer in men and lower rates of fatal heart disease. Dehydration can often lead to adverse effects from medications, urinary tract and respiratory infections, delirium, renal failure, seizure, hypo- and hyperthermia.

Tips for staying hydrated:

  • Water is best, but sports drinks and coconut water provide important electrolytes. Make sure water is within reach at all times, so it can be consumed in sips throughout the day.
  • Fruits such as watermelon, grapes and grapefruit can be a great source of fluids and electrolytes.

Signs of Dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Dark and/or odorous urine
  • Headache
  • Tired or lethargic