Many forms of water therapy are floated around. All of us must have heard that drinking water is good for health. But how much water is needed and how does it really benefit us? What is the best time to drink water? Should anything else be mixed in the water? These are the doubts that most people have regarding water therapies.
Looking at the benefits of drinking water for seniors, did you know that a study, presented this April, at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego, put across that older people should drink more water to reap the full cognitive benefits of exercise. The researchers who conducted a study on this concluded that the ‘older adults should adopt adequate drinking behaviors to reduce cognitive fatigue and potentially enhance the cognitive benefits of regular exercise participation’, as per the report published on this in ScienceDaily.
Why is hydration important?
The issues that dehydration can cause are many like headaches, memory troubles, kidney stones, and even blood clots. Seniors need to stay hydrated more than the younger generation as dehydration is said to be a key component for many illnesses. These include heart disease, asthma, hypertension, and even arthritis-related pain. In ladies, drinking less water can also aid urinary tract infections. Seniors are likely to get dehydrated faster and more often than others. This could be due to a reduced sense of thirst, certain medications being taken or even a reduced renal function.
Actually, the water that we drink acts as a lubricant as well as a coolant, and even as a transport agent in our body. It regulates the body temperature, helps remove toxins from our body, and helps carry nutrients and other essential stuff across the body. It is said that drinking a glass of water or if possible, five to six glasses of water, first thing in the morning, can help you remain healthy. It keeps your body detoxified, and regulates your bodily functions and also ensures that you won’t have any constipation related issues. You could start with one glass and try to increase it slowly, over a period.
Note: If you have any specific conditions and special instructions from doctors on the consumption of water or liquids, please follow the same. There are a few conditions wherein drinking too much water can at times, cause harm.
It is evident that not drinking enough water can lead to issues, especially in older adults. So, how much should be considered suitable for older adults? According to experts, the recommended quantity for older adults is 1.7 liters of fluid for 24 hours. This is the least and depending on climate, and situations, medical conditions, and medications, etc., people are free to drink more. The general physical symptoms that indicate dehydration are:
- Dark colored urine (More yellowish than usual)
- General weakness
- Dry mouth
- High heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Unusual delirium
- Infrequent urination
The presence of one or more of these may be due to dehydration, but these symptoms are confirmation of dehydration and may be due to other factors as well. If severe dehydration is suspected, then, medical advice may be sought, and the person may have to be treated.
People should take a glass of water or some other fluid like juice, periodically. Drink something that you like, especially lemon juice, jal jeera, buttermilk, fortified milk, etc. If you are reluctant to drink more fluid in one go, you may take it in small quantities, frequently, across the day to make up for it. It may be a good idea to measure the quantity to keep a track until you get used to the schedule. There are apps nowadays that remind you to drink water at scheduled intervals, and you can use the same. If not, you can keep a diary entry for the same as well.