Did you know that as we age, we have lower water reserves than we did when we younger? Therefore, it’s vital as we age that we are drinking enough water daily. During National Nutrition Month, our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Vaughan want to help you understand the importance of making sure you and your loved one both have plenty of good, nutritious fluids every day.
How Much Water Have You Had Today?
When you think about National Nutrition Month, foods, rather than beverages, probably enter your mind. However, staying hydrated is just as important to your overall health as food is. For instance, water not only helps you to digest your food and absorb the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy body, but drinking water also helps you to get rid of any unwanted waste your system doesn’t need.
Let’s look at some ways you can make certain you and your loved one are getting enough fluids throughout the day.
For starters, try keeping a bottle of water with you always. This way you can take sips of water periodically throughout the day, rather than feeling like you need to hurry and drink several glasses of water in an hour.
You can also schedule some of you water consumption throughout the day. For example, try having a glass of water at least 30-minutes before you sit down to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Now, you are sure to consume three glasses of water, and can help ensure you don’t overeat during meals.
Second, think outside the box when considering fluids for overall health. While water is the best choice, even having a cup of low-fat soup for a snack can count towards your fluid intake. In addition, beverages like fat-free or low-fat milk or other drinks without added sugars can count towards your daily fluid consumption.
Finally, since more medications are taken as we age, make sure you are drinking a full glass of water every time you take a pill. This can help you get in another glass of water throughout the day, and can help ensure the medication is dissolved properly into the digestive system.
Are you worried about your loved one not receiving the nutrients he or she needs? Visit the Qualicare – Vaughan website today to learn how our home-care services can help your loved one meet his or her nutritional goals on a daily basis.