We know that staying hydrated is a key component to healthy aging but sometimes drinking plain water can get boring. Encourage your loved one to stay hydrated in the warmer weather by making your own infused water. Learn more.
Almost 50% of all seniors seen in the emergency room for any reason are also mildly dehydrated. Seniors are at a high risk for dehydration because their ability to conserve water is actually reduced. In addition, it is more difficult for them to recognize thirst and that they are less able to respond to temperature changes. When these natural changes are compounded with other factors such as hot weather or chronic illness to include diabetes or dementia, dehydration can become more severe.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Water intake is a vital component of healthy aging. Staying hydrated has a number of benefits including:
- Helping to maintain the balance of body fluids.
- Controlling caloric intake and helping with weight management.
- Energizing muscles.
- Helping to maintain normal bowel function.
- Helping kidneys work properly.
Tips to Help Your Loved One Drink More Water
- Carry a bottle of water with you at all times.
- Choose water when dining out instead of other beverages to save money and drink more water.
- Download an app to track your water intake.
- Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack.
- Make your own flavored water.
Infused Water Recipes
Making your own flavored water is a great way to stay hydrated. It is all-natural, fresh, easy and nutritious. Here are some of our favorite infused water recipes:
Strawberry Lemon Basil Water
- 4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- Small handful of basil, scrunched
- Ice and cold filtered water
- Fill a pitcher to the top with ice and fruit.
- Slightly scrunch up the basil and cover with cold filtered water.
- Let the water infuse at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Learn more about Strawberry Lemon Basil Water.
Blueberry Orange Water
- 6 cups water
- 2 mandarin oranges,cut into wedges
- Handful of blueberries
- Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate up to 24 hours to allow the water to infuse.
- Squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor.
- Serve cold.
Learn more about Blueberry Orange Water.
Watermelon Mint Water
- Fresh mint
- Add melon and mint to a pitcher and then fill with water.
- Allow fruit to soak for 2-8 hours in the fridge.
Learn more about Watermelon Mint Water.
Kiwi Cucumber Agua Fresca
- 6 kiwis, peeled
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded
- 4 packets Splenda (or other no calorie sweetener)
- 6 cups water, divided
- Extra kiwi slices for garnish
- Place the kiwi, cucumber, sweetner and 2 cups of water in a blender and puree until smooth, about 3-4 minutes.
- Transfer to a pitcher and stir in the remaining 4 cups of water.
- Serve chilled over ice. Garnish with kiwi sliced.
Learn more about Kiwi Cucumber Agua Fresca.
- 1/2 grapefruit
- Several sprigs of Rosemary
- Add ingredients to the bottom of a pitcher.
- Cover with water.
- Let sit over night and enjoy the next day.
Learn more about Rosemary Grapefruit Water.
Do you have any favorite flavored water recipes that weren’t on this list? Share your favorites with us in the comments below.