Summertime is here and so are the warmer temperatures. In the summer, especially, it is important you get enough water to drink. Our body is made up of 60% water and it is important to keep yourself properly hydrated.

Experts say you should drink 8 – 8oz glasses of water per day, this is 64 ounces. One way to know if you are hydrated is to look at your urine. It should be pale and clear.

There are several things you can do to help you drink enough water:
• Carry a water bottle so you always have water close by
• Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages
• Choose water at mealtime
• Add some lemon, lime or cucumber to your water to improve the taste
• Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink
• Drink a full glass of water when taking medication
• Drink water before, during and after exercise
• If you are drinking alcohol, be sure to drink water in between each bottle of beer or each drink

You should also be aware of the signs of dehydration and increase your water intake if any of the following happen:
• Feeling thirsty
• A dry mouth, lips or eyes
• Headache
• Urinating less than 4 times a day
• Dark yellow or strong-smelling urine
• Feeling tired
• Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

If you or someone in your family are facing aging challenges, please give us a call at 480-804-7200 or email us at Heather@DesertCareManagement.com. We’ll be happy to assist!