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Tips to help seniors stay hydrated

Your body needs to be hydrated to function properly. Water is critical as it delivers nutrients to cells, regulates body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, and prevents infections. Staying hydrated can improve sleep quality, mood, and cognition. Health experts recommend that everyone should consume approximately 2 liters of water each day.

Below is a list of 5 tips that can help seniors if they’re having difficulty staying hydrated.

1. Keep track of your hydration. You can do this with an app on your phone or pen and paper. This allows you to track your intake each day and can serve as a reminder to keep you on track to meet your goal.

2. Purchase a fun water bottle. It can serve as a visual reminder to drink more water throughout the day. Some bottles have marked measurements for tracking your progress or encouraging words.

3. Add flavour to your water. You can add fruits or vegetables to make your water more appealing to drink. To give water a new taste, try adding strawberries, cucumbers, or lemons.

4. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks. They can cause you to become dehydrated since they remove water from the body.

5. Eat foods with high water content. About 20% of our water intake comes from food. Watermelon, cucumbers, peppers, and broccoli all contain at least 90% water.

The Boom Health app allows users to book registered nurses, personal support workers, and personal care services, schedule transportation, order prepared meals, rent or purchase medical equipment, and get emergency assistance. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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