ONCE YOU ARE THIRSTY, YOU ARE ALREADY DEHYDRATED.

Your body is made up of about 60% water. Your brain and your heart are about 73% water.

According to Havard health, Older adults often don’t get enough fluids and risk becoming dehydrated, especially during summer when it’s hotter and people perspire more. “Older people don’t sense thirst as much as they did when they were younger. And that could be a problem if they’re on a medication that may cause fluid loss, such as a diuretic,” says Dr. Julian Seifter, a kidney specialist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that’s dark in color.

Keeping hydrated is crucial for the health and well-being, it keeps your body running, your bowels moving and your brain working efficiently. But many people do not take enough fluids each day.

The recommended amount of water to drink is half your weight (in pounds) in ounces.

Sometimes it is hard to tell whether you are dehydrated or something else is going on. The less water you drink, the more the chances are that you are dehydrated.

When you do not drink enough water, you suffer persistent headache, sluggish bowel functions, dull skin, fatigue and dry mouth as opposed to drinking enough water, which helps you improve your mood, boost your energy level, relieve constipation, flush out toxins, improve digestion, prevent kidney stone, boost your immune system, improve your complexion, regulate your body temperature, the list is endless really.

When you are dehydrated, your skin can also become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Experts recommend drinking roughly 11 cups of water per day for the average woman and 16 for men. And not all of those cups have to come from plain water; for example, some can come from water flavored with fruit or vegetables (lemons, berries, or orange or cucumber slices), or from coffee or tea.

 

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