Have you been suffering from headaches lately? Have you been feeling more tired and sleepy than usual? Is that tiredness leading to dizziness? If your answer to the prior questions were “yes”, it is possible that you may be going through dehydration. Dehydration is a common problem in adults, especially seniors. Many times throughout our busy day, we do not stop to take just a few minutes to make sure to drink enough water or eat enough water-rich fruits.
By this point, you have probably realized just how important staying hydrated can be to your overall health. It is immensely important to drink enough water throughout the day and to eat enough fruits such as watermelon, oranges, and cantaloupes, which are very high in water content. Vegetables such as lettuce, celery, and cucumbers are just as high in water content and are very beneficial to include in your daily diet.
It is commonly known that an individual should consume at least 64 ounces of fluids daily, avoiding drinks such as soda and coffee. Though they may many times seem more tasteful than sticking to water or fruit juices, they actually account for the reason many adults find themselves feeling dehydrated to being with.
Staying hydrated can do a lot of good to your body. It keeps your body at its intended temperature, helping to keep you cool throughout the day, it helps to relax your muscles and joints, which is extremely important for elderly individuals, and it even encourages cardiovascular health. It helps cleanse the body of toxins, increases blood circulation, and makes you more alert and energized. But staying hydrated does not only promote interior health, it also plays a role on your exterior. Drinking enough fluids throughout the day ensures clearer skin and can help ease strain on your eyes.
So what are some common symptoms of dehydration? As previously stated, having headaches throughout the day can be a sign. Tiredness, sleepiness, dizziness, dry mouth and thirst are also common signs that your body might not be receiving enough fluids. Even feeling confused throughout the day, losing unexpected weight, and noticing darker urine can be reason for you to want to take a few extra minutes out of your day to drink more water and snack just a little healthier.
Seniors are more prone to sickness and disease. Remembering to stay hydrated can help to avoid some of these uncomfortable symptoms. So next time that you get an unexpected headache or begin to feel a slight increase in your heartbeat, or begin to feel a little nauseous and end up vomiting without apparent reason, you might just want to grab a cup of water to ensure that your organs are getting the fluids they need to function properly.