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Written by Lisa

In this hot weather, it’s imperative to keep well-hydrated.  If you are suffering from dizziness, headaches, confusion or tiredness, you may need to drink more water and discuss your symptoms with your Doctor.

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Keeping well-hydrated will help improve your overall health and also reduce your risk of illness, falls and infections.  It may sound odd, but checking the colour of your urine is one way of finding out if you are actually drinking enough water.  For example, dark, strong smelling urine maybe an indication that your body is dehydrated or that you may have a urine infection.  If in doubt, get it checked out.  Ideally, your urine should be a pale, straw colour – the lighter and clearer the better.

For your body to function properly throughout the day you need to drink regularly – and some drinks hydrate you more than others – water is great.

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Helpful notes and reminders to ensure you are drinking enough water are:

  • Try to drink between 1.5 and 2.5 litres (two ½ to four pints) of fluid a day, unless you have been advised otherwise by your Doctor or a Health Professional
  • Approximately six to eight glasses (about 250ml in size) would be good and keep the balance right – but aim to drink at least four glasses of water a day
  • Remember, fluid can be taken in a variety of ways – both hot and cold drinks count – but limit alcohol
  • Try to keep caffeinated drinks to a minimum
  • Why not try organic, caffeine free tea or coffee for a change?
  • Water is great and tap water is a good choice – it’s free and contains no sugars or calories
  • Being hydrated affects your Blood Pressure which can increase your risk of falls

If you’d like any more help or advice regarding caring for elderly parents or relatives, please contact Age Space Sussex at agespace@sea-pr.com or call 01273 608455.

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