Take a guess. What percent of your body is made up of water? Don’t peek! Take a guess first. The average adult human body averages around 57-60% water.
Water is very important for your body
According to Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water. The skin contains 64% water. The lungs are about 83% water, and muscles and kidneys are 79% water. Even bones have 31% water. Wow, clearly water is a large part of our makeup.
How much water do you need
So, how much water should you drink per day? According to the Mayo Clinic, senior adult males need about 15.5 cups and senior adult females need roughly 11.5 cups per day. This can be obtained by drinking plain water, low sugar juices, coffee, and tea. Yes, according to WebMD, the myth that caffeinated beverages are dehydrating has been debunked. Also, eating foods that contain water such as fresh fruits and vegetables are a great way to get enough fluid.
Older adults don’t drink enough water
As we age, the sensation of thirst diminishes according to Anne Vanderbilt, a geriatric nurse with The Cleveland Clinic. In addition, many of the early signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, low blood pressure and muscle cramps can easily be attributed to other medical conditions, medications, or natural effects of aging. As a result, older adults don’t drink enough fluids causing dehydration which is a common cause of hospitalization in the senior population.
Lastly, here are some GREAT TIPS to insure that you get enough fluid.
- Keep a water bottle handy
- Add lemons, limes, or other fruits to the water for added flavor
- Make popsicles or smoothies
- Keep liquids that you like on hand
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, your body is already slightly dehydrated.
By: Karen Paulder, Fitness Instructor at The Crossings
Karen graduated with a BS in Fitness and Human Performance from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She has been with The Crossings for about two years. Previously, she worked for Houston Methodist Clear Lake in the Wellness department.