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The Benefits of Hydration for Seniors

July 8th, 2024

We all know that hydration is kind of a big deal. But as we age, hydration becomes a really, really big deal. Our sense of thirst decreases, our kidney function changes, and we might even take medications that can cause dehydration. The good news? Just remember to drink more water. Let’s dive deeper into the importance of hydration.  

Dehydration in the elderly can jeopardize metabolic health, raise stress hormone levels, and speed up biological aging. It can also affect the gut microbiome, which can slow down metabolism and lead to inflammation. Staying hydrated is especially crucial for decreasing the risk of conditions like dementia, stroke, and heart disease.  

The healing power of drinking water goes even further. Recent studies have shown that good hydration in the elderly can even help overcome preexisting health conditions. For example, increasing water intake can improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity—even for those at risk of metabolic disorders like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

So what are some of our go-to tips for staying hydrated? Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Seniors should drink at least two liters of water every day
  2. Set up visible reminders, like post-it notes, to drink water
  3. Keep a water bottle on-hand that can be refilled regularly 
  4. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and juice
  5. Stay mindful of medications that cause dehydration

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