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Drink enough fluids

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Drink enough fluids

The sense of thirst declines with age, so older people may not drink enough water and other fluids. Sometimes people intentionally drink less to avoid going to the bathroom so often. But if you aren’t getting enough fluids you can become dehydrated, especially during hot weather.

Drinking plenty of fluids is important to help your body flush out wastes. Most adults should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Plain water, unsweetened fruit juices and low fat milk are good beverage choices. For a refreshing carbonated drink, mix fruit juice with club soda or seltzer water. To make plain water more appealing, try it chilled, with a twist of lemon or lime.