Jan 24, 2019 by Maria Ciannavei
Winter dehydration is a severe and uncomfortable illness. Dehydration may be caused by many factors including chronic illnesses, or other conditions that you may have been diagnosed with. However, without proper care and observation, these symptoms may lead to a serious illness or complication. It may be difficult to recognize the impact that a lack of appropriate fluids can have on your physical and mental health. Our bodies are composed of about 65 percent water, and when the water levels in our bodies are drained and untapped, this causes dehydration. Dehydration may lead to kidney or heart-related issues if not corrected. Comfort Keepers’ in home care providers realize that winter weather can often lead to drier homes, and an increased risk of dehydration. Our caregivers will work with you to ensure that your water intake meets your body’s needs to stay healthy and hydrated.
Drinking water on a regular basis is essential to maintaining good health. Although you may not be as active as you once were, your body still requires fresh water, as opposed to coffee, soda, or alcohol, to replenish itself. If you are not used to drinking water regularly then the signs of even mild dehydration may be difficult to recognize, but Comfort Keepers recommends speaking to your in home care provider about your water intake if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
Many of these symptoms are easily recognizable, and an in home care provider can help you monitor your drinking habits to address any concerns. With the assistance of a care provider, you can work to include more activity in your daily life which will encourage you to drink more water. You can also work to include more exotic and delicious fruits in your diet which typically have high water content. These simple changes can help you lead a healthier life and avoid the symptoms of winter dehydration.
Comfort Keepers’ in home care providers can provide support and encouragement as you adapt to some changes not only in diet but also in daily habits to promote better health and hydration. To find out more about our programs and how we can help you stay healthy this winter, contact a care coordinator today.