As you know, drinking quality water is a critical factor in helping our body function properly in all aspects of our health and well-being.
Therefore, if we want to protect ourselves, for example, from urinary tract infections (in fact, from any infection), we must avoid underhydration (inadequate hydration).
It applies to people of all ages. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable to underhydration are elderly.
We need, then, to plan and monitor our water intake. Because if we wait until we feel thirsty, it is too late, we are already underhydrated!
The general guideline is to drink at least 48 ounces of water per day to replace the water that is lost through urination, sweat, and breathing. Some people, however, need more, others less depending upon their health condition, diet, and lifestyle.
However, rather than drinking 48 ounces at once, it is much better (and healthier) to spread out that amount throughout the day, that is to have a 12-ounce glass of water every three waking hours starting upon arising.
If you don’t like plain water (never tap water!), you can drink powdered electrolyte drink mixes or hydration enhancers. Some of them provide extra ingredients, such as vitamin C and other nutrients.
Obviously, these “concotions” should be free of added sugar, artificial ingredients, and with natural flavors only, if any. These drinks can help you both increase your water intake and optimize hydration.
Once again, increased (good quality drinking) water intake has a huge impact on our health and well-being.