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Staying Hydrated During the Summer

Part 2: Listening to Your Body’s Needs During the Warmer Seasons

Staying hydrated is important to keeping your body functioning correctly. In warmer seasons, while exercising, or when ill, water needs to be replenished frequently; however, hydrating isn’t just about consuming water, but also about regulating your body temperature. 

Signs That You Might Be Dehydrated

Dehydration can cause mild symptoms such as headaches, or lead to more severe symptoms such as kidney stones. Keeping track of your water intake can prevent a variety of physical and mental issues. For individuals experiencing a decrease in memory function from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, dehydration symptoms can often be overlooked as cognitive issues from memory loss. Take note of the following symptoms if you suspect that you may be dehydrated:

  • Dry, inflamed, or itchy skin
  • Experiencing headaches, fatigue, or dizziness
  • Muscle cramps, rapid breathing, or fainting
  • Not urinating, or expelling dark yellow urine
  • Digestive issues or constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • In extreme cases, kidney stones

How to Stay Hydrated

As summer approaches, staying hydrated can be challenging with rising temperatures. Keeping track of your water consumption is incredibly important. Eighty percent of water intake comes from drinking water, while the other 20% comes from ingesting foods high in water content. Cooling your body temperature down can also lower the amount of sweat you’re producing, allowing your body to better retain water. Follow these daily tips to reduce your chances of dehydration:

  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Get out of the heat and cool down.
  • Increase your electrolytes and sodium with options like Pedialyte or Hydralyte.
  • Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks, and caffeine.
  • Eat foods high in water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, or spinach.
  • Replenish your water in-take after exercising.
  • Consider adding a probiotic to your diet.

Willow River is Here to Help

At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 or contact us through our website to start the conversation today.