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Hydration Supplements for the Elderly

Published : Jun 15, 2021 2 mins read Updated On : Mar 20, 2024

Hydration Supplements for the Elderly

Chronic dehydration in the elderly is a prevalent condition and can result in physiological and functional imbalances in the body without any symptomatic indicator in the early stages. This makes it very difficult to diagnose the condition and start the treatment at the right time.Therefore, the best solution would be to regularly hydrate so as to avoid such complications.

Generally speaking, the total water content in the body decreases with age. In case of men, it drops from 60% to 52% and in case of women it drops from 52% to 46%. This occurs because of decreased kidney function at this age leading to decreased water retention. At times, even medication prescribed to the elderly to treat other ailments can reduce water loss through urination leading to dehydration.

Thirst is one of the most common indications of dehydration. However, sometimes the elderly don’t feel thirst as strongly as adults of other age groups do and this is the main reason why it is difficult to diagnose the condition until it gets severe. Hence, regular and efficient hydration with the essential electrolytes is a must.

When the condition gets severe, some of the commonly seen symptoms are:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Decreased urination
  3. Dizziness
  4. Dry mouth
  5. Fainting
  6. Frequent headaches

Rehydration is very important for our body's physicochemical & other functions and therefore it is important that the electrolyte levels are maintained in a balance. Overall, proper hydration helps in maintaining the temperature of the body, flushing out any infections (especially those in the urinary tract), maintaining blood pressure, ensuring efficient transport of drug molecules and maintaining an osmotic balance within all of our body cells.

If your elderly family members and loved ones are showing the signs & symptoms of dehydration, you might want to consider hydration supplements for them.

Fast&Up Reload O.R.S is formulated with the right combination of clinical electrolytes, is gentle on the stomach and helps to limit fluid loss and promotes its absorption. It acts as an electrolyte replacement formula that helps to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body and can be safely consumed by individuals of all age groups.

Fast&Up Reload O.R.S for Elderly

Best Tips for Hydration in the Elderly:

  1. Young adults must remind elderly adults to drink water in small sips and stay hydrated throughout the day, especially after meals and any physical activity or ask them to set frequent alarms as reminders.
  2. Drinking fluids other than water, especially electrolyte drinks or hydration supplements (excluding coffee, tea and alcohol since they contribute to reducing water content) also helps to contribute to the required water content while maintaining an adequate fluid-electrolyte balance.
  3. Try and consume foods with high water content (e.g. watermelon, soups, cucumber etc)
  4. Make sure the glass of water and washroom are easily accessible to help battle laziness or any restrictive physical conditions in order to ensure frequent hydration and frequent urination
  5. Increase water intake during hot and humid conditions or during and after exercise.

Vaishnavi Gadi
Vaishnavi Gadi
Women Health & Nutrition

Vaishnavi is passionate about health and nutrition supplements. She takes serious efforts to update her knowledge about health and wellness, especially women health requirements. She writes article... Read More

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