Concordia Way 2018 Spring Issue - Page 13

Health News
Congratulations to Concordia
on your 90 years of service to the community,
from Geoff Hutchinson and your friends at
Stay hydrated
few years ago, the health gurus declared, “You must drink at least 8
glasses of water daily for optimum
health”. We all dutifully tried forcing down
a litre or more of H2O every day, but many
of us soon gave up, deciding we didn’t want
to spend even more of our precious time in
the bathroom.
Unfortunately, dehydration is all too common among the elderly—and it’s dangerous.
Insufficient fluid intake can cause serious
health issues, such as weakness, poor mental
functioning, blood pressure and heart rate
fluctuations—even coma and death. Agerelated risk factors include: less ability to
notice thirst; taking medications that are
diuretic; kidneys that no longer conserve fluid
efficiently, and reduced appetite. So we must
ensure we’re taking in enough fluid as we age.
The good news is that we don’t have to go
back to force-feeding ourselves huge amounts
of water every day. As Larry Kenney, PhD,
professor of physiology and kinesiology
Spring 2018
at Penn State notes, "There is no scientific
evidence whatsoever supporting that [8 glass]
rule." In fact, we can get all the liquid we need
by incorporating these few simple habits into
our daily routine:
• Eat fresh fruits, especially those with
higher water content such as watermelons
and grapes. Even most vegetables are quite
‘watery’ - carrots, lettuce and broccoli are all
at least 90% water!
• Eat popsicles and sorbets as treats
• Drink water or juice before and after
taking a walk
• Include soup or salad with meals
• After using the bathroom, drink some
water to replace the loss
• If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in
moderation (alcohol is a diuretic)
• Drink a full glass of water with your
• Take sips of water, milk, or juice during
each meal
Pass the popsicles, please!
Best wishes to Concordia,
and thank you for your services
to the community!
Congratulations to Concordia on your 90
years of service to the community from
Starlite Communications!
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