Are you getting enough fluids?
Should I be drinking 6 – 8 glasses of water a day?
Fluid is essential for the body to function properly. The importance of having enough ﬂuid does not decrease with age. Most older people need 6 – 8 cups of ﬂuid a day (a cup = 250mL) Fluid is more than just water. Fluids include milk, juice, cordial, soft drink, tea, coﬀee, jelly, soup and ice cream.
Having enough ﬂuid
- Keeps the kidneys working
- Helps prevent constipation
- Decreases the likelihood of urinary tract infections
- Quenches thirst
- Prevents dehydration. Dehydration can cause confusion
Having a drink (thirsty or not) when you get up in the morning, at morning and afternoon tea time and at meal times will go a long way toward meeting daily ﬂuid needs.