Talks with Tarra, RN 9/22
Talk with Tarra RN
Dehydration is a common and serious health problem for everyone during the hot summer months. Preventing dehydration is important because it can cause serious health issues and is a common cause of hospitalization in people over age 65. Being properly hydrated is also needed for certain medications to work. Each person has different habits, preferences, and health conditions, so what’s most important is to be creative and try different ideas until you find ones that work for you
1.Remember there are many sources of fluids
There are also fruits and vegetables that are high is water content such as cucumbers, cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower, turnips, Watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, peaches, plums, grapes, and pears.
2. Keep water close by at all times
Keeping a cup of water full and ready to go makes it easier to grab and drink! Keep the cup in a high traffic area of the home so its easily available, and keep it close by your work area, or favorite relaxing spot.
5. Make popsicles
Homemade popsicles made from fruit juice or a mix of juice and water are a great treat and a great way to get more fluids in. They’re also a good way to help cool down in the summer heat.
Good hydration doesn’t have to rely on water alone. If you’re someone who struggles with drinking water iced tea, home-made lemonade or even simply adding fruit to a bottle of water can make it easier (or at least tastier) to get more fluids. However, trying drinking a large glass of water when taking daily medications, and with each meal are small places to start with water intake. Theyre also good times of the day to help with reminders to drink.
I hope everyone has a great summer! Remember to DRINK! DRINK! DRINK! and don’t forget the sunscreen!