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Can You Feel the Heat? Stay Hydrated This Summer

Jul 12, 2023 01:10PM ● By by Robert Pickell, CFO & Partner, CarePatrol of the Lehigh Valley & Upper Bucks
The temperature’s rising, the sun’s shining, and it’s that time of year when we want to soak up some rays and enjoy the great outdoors. But hold on just a second! Before you rush out to bask in the summer glory, there’s something we need to talk about: hydration—especially for you, our beloved adult. So, grab a cool glass of water, sit back, and dive into why staying hydrated is crucial for older people this summer.

Quench your thirst The elderly have a diminished sense of thirst, so you may not realize that you are thirsty. Plus, as heat increases, bodies lose more water through perspiration, making it essential to replenish those fluid levels. Water is the ultimate thirst quencher, so stay safe by sipping on this life-sustaining elixir and feel rejuvenated throughout your day.

Beat the heat Dehydration can sneak up on you faster than a melting ice cream cone on a sweltering afternoon. By staying adequately hydrated, you help regulate your body temperature and keep cool. Water acts as a natural coolant, helping to dissipate heat and maintain your body’s equilibrium.

Energize your body and mind Feeling sluggish under the blazing sun? Water is your secret weapon to combat fatigue and boost energy levels. Dehydration can lead to decreased cognitive function and a lack of vitality, but staying hydrated ensures your body and mind are firing on all cylinders.

Support your body’s natural detoxification process Water is nature’s detoxifier, and as summer heat intensifies, it’s essential to support your body’s natural detoxification process. Adequate hydration helps flush out toxins, waste products, and impurities from your system, improving kidney function (which declines with age) and aiding digestion.

Decrease joint pain As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and joint pain becomes a concern. Staying hydrated stimulates the joint´s natural lubricant, reducing joint pain. Drinking more water also improves overall joint health, reducing the risk of joint-related injuries and associated pain.

Aid digestion and weight management Maintaining a healthy digestive system is essential for overall well-being, and water plays a vital role in this process, especially if you have digestive discomfort or constipation. Staying hydrated helps your body break down food, absorb essential nutrients, and prevent constipation. Drinking more water reduces calorie consumption, helping you lose weight.

Stay mentally sharp As the heat intensifies, staying mentally sharp becomes even more vital. Dehydration can impair cognitive function, leading to headaches, poor concentration, and mood swings. As older adults, it is even more essential for you to stay hydrated as cognitive function declines with age. Keeping hydrated can enhance your mental clarity and improve your mood.

Get the help you need today Well, my friends, there you have it—a friendly reminder to prioritize hydration as the temperature rises. We can help you find the best senior community in the Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks. We’ll work with your unique situation and use our experience, expertise, local knowledge, and relationship with various communities to find the perfect place for you.

Get help today from Lehigh Valley CarePatrol, 610-509-0445 | 610-509-7050 |