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Our bodies are 60% water and need a certain amount of fluid in order to carry out essential bodily functions. As we age, our fluid reserves decrease, as well as our ability to conserve fluids and detect thirst.

Many factors can affect our hydration levels, such as:

  • How much water or fluids we drink
  • Exposure to hot weather
  • Level of activity
  • Illness – diarrhea, vomiting and fever
  • Medication

Some signs you may be dehydrated include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Dark urine
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue

If you think you may be dehydrated, you should:

  • Consume plenty of fluids (preferably water)
  • Eat foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables

You should also avoid consuming:

  • High sodium snacks and sauces
  • Animal proteins
  • Fried foods
  • Sugary treats
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Alcohol