With temperatures climbing and the hot summer months just around the corner, it’s time to think about staying hydrated. With age, you may lose some of your sense of thirst, putting you are higher risk for dehydration. This can lead to headache, weakness, dizziness, dry mouth, exhaustion, and even hospitalization in severe cases. The rule of 8 glasses of water per day is a good general guideline, but needs vary from person to person.
What you drink is as important as what you eat. Calories from drinks can add up quickly without really making you feel full. Water is the best choice. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and it helps your kidneys function properly. It’s easy on the wallet, and it’s calorie-free!
Water is the best way to add fluid to your daily routine without adding calories. Each can of soda or sweet tea is about 150 calories or more of pure sugar. Low-fat milk and a 4 oz. serving of 100% fruit juice can help you meet your fluid needs, along with unsweetened tea and coffee. Watch what you add to your tea and coffee to control your calorie and sugar intake.
Try having small amounts of fluids throughout the day to meet your needs. Get in the routine of having 8-16 oz. of water in the morning to start your day off right. Pack a reusable water bottle with you when you go out. Have a pitcher of water on the table at meals to remind you to refill your glass. Remember, if your urine isn’t clear, your body needs more water.