As we age, it becomes more and more important to start taking care of our bodies. And while good nutrition is one facet of the quest for wellbeing, one of the simplest ways to support our health is through hydration. 

While this may seem like a basic measure, hydration plays an increasingly important role in our health as we grow older, becoming especially vital for people transitioning into senior living

As the majority of our body is made up of fluid, we need to keep our hydration in check to ensure optimum physical and cognitive performance. Here, we look at some of the impacts of dehydration and what we can do to prevent it. 

How much water should I be drinking a day? 

This is undoubtedly the main question when it comes to hydration. However, the answer can vary, depending on your body type, whether you are male or female, as well as the climate and your level of exercise. 

In general, a good rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water a day. This equates to roughly 240 millilitres per glass, and totals about 2 litres. 

Why is hydration important for seniors? 

As part of the physical changes our bodies undergo as we age, our water retention worsens. When combined with a less acute sense of thirst, this can lead to dehydration, as we don't replace the water we lose, according to Mayo Clinic. 

In addition, the health source notes that those living in retirement homes may forget to drink water altogether, a dangerous situation due to the effects of dehydration. 

Filling up your glass or drink bottle can help you keep hydrated. Filling up your glass or drink bottle can help you to keep hydrated.

What happens when we are dehydrated? 

Studies have shown that we can begin to feel thirsty once we are even mildly dehydrated after losing just 1 per cent of your body's water. However, if we don't address it by drinking a refreshing glass of H2O, dehydration can begin to have other symptoms, other than a dry throat. 

Research from the University of Connecticut discovered that men and women can experience fatigue, tension and even anxiety when they are dehydrated, with the lack of water also impacting our perception of tasks and our ability to complete them. The findings also showed that dehydration could also have an adverse effect on women's moods in particular. 

"Dehydration affects all people, and staying properly hydrated is just as important for those who work all day at a computer as it is for marathon runners, who can lose up to 8 percent of their body weight as water when they compete," said Dr Lawrence E. Armstrong, a lead scientist on the study. 

If you've been struggling to keep on top of your fluid intake, why not try to finish two to three drink bottles of water a day? Keep it with you, and you'll be surprised how quickly you get through it! 

Are you drinking enough water?