Did you know that as you age, your body loses some of its abilities to properly regulate fluid levels and your sense of thirst may begin to diminish. This puts you at a higher risk for becoming dehydrated.

The LSU AgCenter joined us today to teach our patients and staff on ways we can stay hydrated this summer. Here’s what they recommend!

At least 1.5 liters of fluid daily is advised for aging adults, but needs may vary depending on you medical history. Ways you can stay hydrated:

  • Keep a water bottle on hand all day. Take a few sips every 30 minutes.
  • Snack on fruits and vegetables with a high water content, including watermelon, citrus fruit, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and salad greens.
  • If your doctor allows, drink a full glass of water with your medications.

Infuse your water!

Cucumber and Mint Infused Water:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 cucumber
  • 8 mint leaves

Slice cucumbers in thin slices and crush slightly. Lightly crush mint. Put cucumbers slices and mint in water and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight for optimal taste).

 

 Strawberry, Basil, and Lemon Infused Water:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • 1 lemon

Slice strawberries in thin slices. Squeeze lemon into the water and put strawberries and basil in water. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight for optimal taste).