Hot weather can be dangerous,
especially for older adults. Every summer, nearly 200 Americans die of
health problems caused by high heat and humidity, and most of them are
50 or older. Hot weather can cause health problems for older adults for a
number of reasons. Physical changes that happen with age make older
people less likely to notice when they feel hot, even when outside
temperatures are high. They also can't cool down as quickly or as well
as younger people. Older adults are also less likely to feel thirsty,
which means they're more likely to become dehydrated (a loss of too much
water in your body).
old H2O is critical for rehydrating when the body experiences fluid
loss, such as when we sweat. Even the harsh humidity we are hit with
each year can take more hydration out of our body than we realise. We
also see a lot of sugary drinks available to all types of people, but be
wary, not all drinks with added electrolytes are the best alternative
If you’re tired of
water and want a more natural alternative, coconut water is a delicious
way of rehydrating. It is now more popular than ever so you’ll be able
to find it readily stocked in all major food chains. Make a note of it
so you don’t forget to try it out when you’re doing your next shop, or
if one of our CAREGivers is helping out with the groceries they can pick
it up for you on their next trip.
Fruits, salads and vegetables
those hot, humid and sun-scorched days creep up on us, a hot, heavy
meal is not ideal. Remember that a lot of fruits, salads and vegetables
contain water, which will help you stay hydrated and keep you from
feeling fatigued. Our best picks are:
Cucumber – has the highest water content of any solid food!
Watermelon –obvious choice, and we love it!
Iceberg lettuce – instead of using bread rolls for your hamburgers, use these delicious lettuce cups as the top and bottom
Tomatoes – go with cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, less messy and much more tasty
- don't let cauliflower's pale complexion fool you. In addition to
having lots of water, these unassuming florets are packed with vitamins
Strawberries – strawberries contain 91% water making them a delicious, hydrating snack anytime of the day or night!
hope this gives you a few more ideas on how to stay hydrated this
summer. Not all your water intake needs to come from a glass. Try eating
your water with different types of fruits, vegetables and salads for
your next meal.
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