Friendly reminder: Water is vital to keep bodies functioning properly. We lose about 68 ounces of water a day, mostly through perspiration, respiration and urination. This water must be replaced to prevent excessive fluid loss, or dehydration.
Dehydration can be life-threatening. It’s one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65.
Kidney function is less efficient in seniors, and body water content decreases. There is also less ability to notice changes in body temperature, as well as a reduced sense of thirst.
Seniors also eat less, which means they are getting fewer fluids from food. Diabetes can upset the balance even further.
Other reasons why drinking enough water is so important:
- It helps control body temperature.
- Perspiration keeps us cool in hot weather and protects the body against heat exhaustion.
- It helps the body insulate itself against cold weather.
- It carries nutrients to body cells and carries away waste, and it promotes better digestion and intestinal function.
- It keeps the mouth, nose, eyes, and skin moist.
Source: Comfort Keepers, a provider of homecare services.