As we age, it’s important to adjust the level and type of care we give our bodies. The foods we eat and the type of exercise we engage in all can have a huge impact on our health. This rings true for different seasons. As we begin to settle into summer and the warmer months, it’s important to remind ourselves to alter our daily habits, especially for those who are older and may need to keep health in the forefront of our minds.
Did you know that drinking enough water can help ward off heart attacks? Or that dehydration can often trigger heart attack and strokes? Drinking enough water is one of the easiest ways to stay safe and healthy this summer. Read on for a few interesting facts and ideas from the Mayo Clinic.
How often you drink: Develop a “Water Schedule”
We’ve all heard the ‘8 glasses of water’ a day rule, but I find that if you begin drinking at regular intervals, you’ll feel less pressured to consume a specific amount. This can make the process easier and seem less like a chore. My advice? Drink at the following times throughout the day:
- 1-2 Glasses after you first wake up in the morning
- 1 Glass before a meal
- 1 Glass during a meal
- 1 Glass before a hot shower or bath
- 1 Glass before going to bed
If drinking water is challenge for you, why not enlist a few easy tricks to make drinking water more bearable. And, like any new routine, in less than a month, the habit will see, less strange and far more routine. To get you started, try the following ideas:
- Need a reminder? Keep a water glass seated by the sink or your bedside table
- Change up your water by adding ice cubes, lemon slice, or cucumbers!
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for a cold drink in the summer
- Carry a water bottle with you during errands or outdoor activity
- Keep a few bottles of water in your car for emergencies
- Fill a pitcher of water each morning and drink from it during the way. You’ll be able to track your progress easily and efficiently
Once you reach optimal hydration, you’ll find that it becomes very difficult to perform tasks when you are dehydrated. Teach your body to love water and its miraculous effects. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll be embarking on a easy way to prevent heart attacks and strokes.