Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

24. How can I make sure I’m getting enough fluids every day?

Be sure to consume plenty of liquids every day, especially water. Water helps you digest food, absorb nutrients from food, and then get rid of the unused waste. Drinking plenty of water every day may help with constipation and dehydration. Check with your doctor if you’ve been told to limit how much you drink.

Here are tips on getting enough fluids.

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Take sips of water throughout the day.
  • Besides water, other good choices are unsweetened tea, low-fat or fat-free milk, and 100 percent fruit juice.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, which have a high moisture content.
  • Have a cup of low-fat soup as an afternoon snack.
  • If you need to take a pill, drink a full glass of water.
  • Have a glass of water before you exercise or go outside to garden or walk, especially on a hot day.
  • Limit beverages like sodas and sports drinks that are high in added sugars.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit the daily amount to 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men.
  • If nighttime trips to the bathroom are a problem, consider limiting your fluid intake near the end of the day.

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