We’re about to start a new year. Let’s all make a resolution that’s easy to keep – and good for your health: Drink more water.
Experts advise women to drink nine cups of fluid a day and men should drink 13 cups. It can be water, bouillon, tea, smoothies – as long as you get enough fluid.
If your body is 60-70 percent water, you can see that consuming enough fluid every day is vitally important. Dehydration is one of the causes of Charlie horses and leg cramps at night, as well. If your muscles and connective tissues are at least 60 percent water (and the joints even more), then it stands to reason that every cup you drink is a natural lubricant. How much water should you drink? Probably as much as you can. Start small. Make it a personal challenge to measure out the suggested amount and see if you can drink it in a day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. There’s plenty of medical research that indicates even mild dehydration can affect cognitive functioning and memory.
It makes one wonder just how much an effect the amount of water we drank as a child had on us as we got older. Many of us can remember a parent telling us to “finish that milk” or “don’t forget to drink some water” – we should heed that advice as we get older.
For more good advice about drinking water, and why you should, check out the Maine Senior Guide available online.
The Sebago Lake Rotary Club recently treated seniors to a ham dinner at Unity Gardens in Windham. Serving dinner are, left to right, Windham Police Chief Kevin Schofield, Cyndy Bell, Tricia Zwirner, Deb McPhail and Don Drew.
Dave DeBreeze of DeBreeze and Keys, his son Chris and mother Virginia served up the musical entertainment at the Rotary dinner at Unity Gardens.