Keep Drinking, It's Good For You!
Water makes up 60 to 70% of our body and is critical for normal function. Water helps to digest food, absorb nutrients and get rid of the body’s waste. Changes in our body as we age, such as a decrease in our ability to sense thirst and a decrease in water content in our body increases the risk of dehydration.
Dehydration can cause dizziness, mental confusion, dry eyes, constipation and dry skin. Aim for 6-8 cups of fluids a day. Your fluid needs might increase if you are losing excess water through sweat. So what counts as fluids? Water is always a good choice. Diluted fruit juice, milk, soup, tea, fruits and vegetables and other foods high in water content also contribute to the daily fluid intake.If you are making an effort to eat more fiber to help with constipation, remember to drink plenty of water.
Here are a few tips to help increase your fluid intake:
1. Make it a habit to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
2. Have a (non-alcoholic) drink with each of your meals and each of your snacks.
3. If you don’t like plain water try sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.
4. Have more water-rich foods.
Fruits such as watermelon, tomatoes, pineapple, oranges have high amount of water. Vegetables like cucumber, iceberg lettuce, bell pepper are also packed with water (plus have the added bonus of all the other benefits like more fiber, vitamins and minerals)
5. Drink from a see-through bottle.
It will help you keep track of how much you have had to drink.