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The Importance of Hydration

The Hidden Truths About Proper Hydration: Unlocking the Joyful Benefits

As I’ve delved into the world of proper hydration, I’ve been amazed by the profound impact it can have on our health and overall well-being. What’s even more surprising is how long it took me to truly understand the importance of staying hydrated. Many of the symptoms we commonly associate with aging, such as stiff joints, lack of energy, dizziness, and poor balance, may actually be linked to poor hydration.

The revelation that our ability to register thirst diminishes with age was a real eye-opener for me. If we don’t feel thirsty, how can we know when we’re under-hydrated?

The answer, as I discovered, lies in developing a habit of drinking water and doing so consistently, regardless of whether we feel thirsty or not. Dr. Andrew Huberman, a renowned hydration expert, highlights several signs that could indicate insufficient water intake, such as dark-colored urine, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, and in more severe cases, an increased heart rate or confusion.

Now, I know that some of you might need a little extra encouragement to drink more water, especially if you’re not a fan of its taste. But fear not! There’s no harm in adding a little twist to your H2O. Try infusing your water with a splash of lemon juice, a slice of apple, or a couple of strawberries to liven things up.

So, let’s embrace the power of hydration and enjoy the benefits it brings. Together, we can mitigate some of the symptoms associated with aging, and unlock a more vibrant, healthy, and joyful life!


Our top article pick of the week:

Understanding the link between aging and dehydration

Why do older adults experience higher rates of dehydration? For one, our ability to register thirst diminishes as we grow older. And did you know that many of the symptoms of aging are often caused by dehydration rather than being solely associated with getting older?
To read this 5-minute article on our Community click here.

Our most popular daily thought this week:

Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water. – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

We’re looking at the importance of hydration in older adults. Being well-hydrated supports so many of the vital functions of our health and well-being and it is more than just a matter of quenching our thirst. Our ability to register thirst diminishes with age so making sure that we are sufficiently hydrated takes some extra effort and focus as we grow older.

Quote by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi with a man jumping into water as the accompanying image

Tips on maintaining hydration:

Is there a dehydration epidemic amongst older adults?

Youtube video: Tips on maintaining hydration

Are you drinking enough water? As we mark World Water Day, learn why hydration is crucial for our wellbeing especially as older adults.

Use our guide to implement practical tips and maintain proper hydration for a greater feeling of wellbeing.

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Johann is the founding partner of Reset Retirement where we focus on assisting people with planning for the non-financial aspects of their lives after full-time work. He had a long career in executive search and leadership as the founding partner and chairman of Heidrick & Struggles in South Africa where he was the head of the company’s board practice.