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The 2 Most Common Nutrition Tips for Seniors

We rely on our doctors for advice on the most important health decisions we make, yet when it comes to nutrition advice, sometimes there is a gap or misunderstanding in how we think we should put their recommendations into effect.

“Increase your hydration,” and “consume more protein,” are some of the recommendations seniors often hear at the doctor’s office… But rarely are they given the information to understand how and why to do this.

Here are some common nutrition recommendations heard in the doctor’s office, as well as how to make it happen when you walk out of the office:

1. Increase hydration.
How do you physically plan to reach this goal?
Drink 1 glass of fluid with each meal and one in between meals to make sure you get enough
Keep fluid in arm’s reach throughout the day and stash one in the car or your bag when you leave the house
Your urine should be light in color, as the darker it is, the more at risk of dehydration you are
How much fluid is this, exactly?

If you are 65 or older, your mission is to get in 2 Liters per day or 9 glasses (1 glass = 8 oz) of fluid
If you have heart or kidney problems, please ask your doctor for specific amounts
Remember that all liquid counts (coffee, milk, popsicles, soup, tea, etc.) and some fruits and vegetables too
Why is your doctor recommending this?

If you take in less fluid than your body needs, you are at risk of dehydration. Dehydration is common in seniors due to decreased feelings of thirst, as well as diseases and medications that increase fluid needs.

Dehydration can cause confusion, cold or hot sensations, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, and more symptoms.”

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