Water and the Fluids We Drink

As we get older the importance of drinking water and other healthier fluids becomes more apparent to us. For some of us, perhaps as we age we notice our bodies becoming more sluggish, and tiresome. Also as we age, we tend to get more dehydrated, our skin starts to sag, and our organs’ functionality begins to slow down.

If you are like me, the first thing I tend to grab for in the morning, is a cup of coffee. Their is nothing like that first cup, right? Wrong! We should be drinking a glass of water to start our day, this is so we can flush our kidneys and other organs so they can function properly. Here is a lists of the benefits of drinking water:

  • keeping your body temperature within normal range
  • lubricating and cushioning your joints
  • protecting your spine and other tissues
  • helping you eliminate waste through urine, sweat, and bowel movements
  • keeps your skin healthy and hydrated

*Please keep in mind that water consumption and the benefits and risks do vary per individual. We all are unique and therefore, please ask your doctor how much water you should be consuming daily. Their is such a thing as fluid overload. But for most of us, we tend to not drink enough. Medication, activity level, and environment play an important role in determining what we as individuals need to keep us healthy.

Pay attention as to what fluids you consume. Start reading labels. The ingredients are always listed in the order from most to least and this applies to food as well. If sugar is listed first, then that is what the product has most of. I have discovered with juices that just because something says grape juice, cranberry juice, etc., the first ingredient can be apples. 🙁 I personally, found this surprising. I feel for all those people with allergies to apples, my son being one of them, you have to pick your drinks wisely.

I also had an experience during my nursing career, where a patient became diabetic and almost went into a coma for consuming too much pop, soda, whatever you personally call it. He was so use to consuming pop on a daily basis that we had to literally taper him off of it, and this process took a couple of months. Afterwards, when he was no longer consuming pop, he became non-diabetic and his health returned.

So in conclusion, now that you know some benefits of drinking water and other healthier fluids, my hopes is that you take care of yourself and drink wisely. Remember to flush your system every morning before you drink that first cup of coffee so that it can function properly. You only have one body, so take care of it, and keep it healthy! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Water and the Fluids We Drink

  1. How does wine measure up?
    I find most juices too sweet, so I water them down at least half and half. I often do the same with my pink wine, only I use soda water for that and pretend it’s prosecco. (I have a friend who once said she wouldn’t be seen drinking pink wine. Since then, rose wine has become respectable, so she’s had to drink her words. I do think a pink prosecco LOOKS festive.)
    On a more serious note, I take a couple of days off alcohol every week (just to prove I can) but even on the other days I rarely drink more than half a glass of wine these days, usually with dinner. I tend to make up my weekly 14 units at the weekend though when I have a scotch in the evenings or a G & T. (Some weeks, it’s the only way I get to remember what day of the week it is. Retirement can get like that.)
    I know I don’t drink enough water. I forget to, in between my husband’s regular tea-making. I suspect my low water intake contributes to the night cramps I get ometimes, but I’m working on it.

    1. My grandmother was like that in retrospect that she rarely drank enough water. She said she always disliked the taste of it. Often she would call me and say she didn’t feel well, I would suggest to her to drink some water. Almost every time afterwards she would feel better. Most of us think that when we drink products such as coffee that is made with water, that we are getting enough water. That is not true. We need to drink some water to maintain our fluid balance, because things like coffee, and tea have diuretics in them that make us pee out our fluids therefore creating more dehydration which puts a strain on our organs. However, once again, everyone is different, so please contact your medical provider to see what they suggest based on your own personal health, lifestyle, and environment. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. This is a good reminder. I do try to drink water, but I’m sure I don’t drink not enough. I will be sure to have a big glass today and each day going forward.

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