Wet Your Whistle!

You can lead a horse to water…

If you do not feel thirsty enough to drink 8 glasses of water a day, you are not alone. Research shows that the sense of thirst for older adults is less strong, even after exercising on a hot day.2

Drink early and often

Try drinking the 8 cups of water on a schedule:

• Start and end your day with a glass of water.

• Drink water with each meal, even at restaurants.

• Keep a reusable water bottle nearby during the day so you can drink between meals.

• Flavor your water with a slice of lemon or lime.

  • Finally, drink up before, during and after exercise!3

How does your body lose water?

• Going to the bathroom

• Sweat: increases with heat, exercise, and fever

• Breathing3

How does your body get the water back?

Drinking about 8 glasses of water a day and eating foods with water in them replaces what you lose.

Take Control

By drinking plenty of water, you can prevent symptoms of dehydration such as dark or reduced urine output, dry mouth, sleepiness, confusion, headaches and dizzy spells.3 Make staying hydrated part of your daily routine!

Hydration Handout: Hydration Handout

Guest Blogger:  Liesel Daughtery

References and photos

1. http://nutrition.tufts.edu/docs/pdf/releases/ModifiedMyPyramid.pdf

2. Kenney, WL, and P Chiu. Influence of age on thirst and fluid intake. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2001; 3309: 1524-1533.

3. “Hydration: Why it’s so important.” American Academy of Family Physicians: FamilyDoctor.org January 2010. Accessed 21 September 2010 at <http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/ home/healthy/food/general-nutrition/1013.html>.

4. http://www.getreligion.org/wp-content/photos/Scales_of_justice.jpg

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