Why Drinking Enough Water Is Important As You Age
The fascination with how this water stuff works has been an interesting journey. I know that I feel results from increasing the amount of water I drink daily. So why drinking enough water is important as you age is not a question any longer.
Realizing what I have done
Now I am simply realizing what my bad habits have done to my overall health. Identifying why I should be paying attention to what is happening on a daily basis.
Weight and water
The weight that has been slowly gained through the years. Was this the first time my body was asking for water? When the habit of feeding thirst with food first started?
How about your journey? Were you also misunderstanding the message you were receiving? Even back then the message was out there about drinking water before you ate.
All a misunderstanding?
How did you interpret this message?
I thought it meant eat instead of drink. I do not know many people who are wise enough to choose drinking water instead of eating.
As an adult, this wisdom makes so much sense. As a youngster, you do not often see or hear with adult knowledge or understanding.
Had we heard “drink a glass of water.”
“Wait a few minutes and then eat?”
When you are an adolescent and young teen, anything that suggests denying yourself does not compute well. You only see the next 5 minutes. You have not developed any foresight.
I also know that I am not drinking as much water as I should be yet. Even with the information of why drinking enough water is important as you age.
Establishing healthy beneficial habits does not happen automatically. You must make a few changes. Take control of the days. Figure out what works for you.
Can’t drink a 12 oz. glass at a time? What about a 6 or 8 oz. size. You can graduate to a larger one. Just figure out how to add more water to your day.
Why drinking enough water is important as you age
If drinking more water is working, and you like me, are already getting results you can see? That you can feel? Then the idea of increasing to drinking “enough?” Can you do it?
This should assist with a number of the problems that have always been assumed went with aging. Maybe even help with that age-old problem of losing weight. And being able to maintain a healthy weight.
What can you do?
As you progress through this window of time you are in. This window of retirement and taking control of your life. As you learn how you can have a happier retirement time, do you see the light?
The light that is coming through to you concerning this part of being happy in retirement. While you may think that being happy is largely a state of mind, and be correct. What can you do?
Can you be a responsible retired senior citizen? Make sure this is as great a time in your life as is possible?
This little chore is not up to someone else to do. It is yours. Are you doing what you can to make sure you have a happy retirement?
Will you set yourself up for a happy retirement?
The better choice.
Are you going into this time in your life with bad health habits? The lifestyle habits from:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Not exercising and moving about enough
These are things you can do something about.
A few changes can add up
Are you drinking enough water? If this change can give your body a bit of a boost? Yes. You can work on making a bit of a change.
The thing about drinking water is, that is adding something. You know how much easier it is to think about giving yourself more. More of anything to eat or drink. For sure easier to think about doing. Easier to think about than taking away something.
Please do not misunderstand. At this point, the message is not “drinking enough water will make you lose weight.” It is that “you will feel better. Have more energy.”
As you think about a small change that you can handle, what if that 1st change is to add more water to your day?
There are all kinds of little tricks to help yourself increase the amount water you drink. Could you start with the old habit we used to have? The old habit of a glass out where you can see it? And be reminded of having a drink of water.
Old and new
Remember the old days? When there was a glass out and the whole family and friends who came in drank from the same glass?
Even further back, remember going to older members of the family homes who had water buckets and long handled dippers?
You all used the same glass until you washed dishes. You washed dishes in a sink of warm water and detergent.
Having lived in the farming country, I can even remember heating water on the stove. Filling a “dishpan” to wash dishes in.
That water glass was shared by all. I do think that adults were offered a clean one from the cabinet if memory is correct.
Today, you are a little more careful. Careful who you share drinking glasses with. Everyone has their own glass.
Or in today’s world, you all have your own bottle of water. They are convenient, inexpensive, and you usually have them.
Then you retire
However, when retired, you are usually around the house more. You tend to not reach for a bottle of water as you did when you were leaving for work. Those times when you had developed the habit of grabbing water.
You tend to think that buying and keeping water bottles is what you do for guests.
Drinking from a glass is not that inconvenient, and you can surely do it.
Yes, you can. But do you?
For me, this resulted in drinking less water.
Aware there was something else happening
Not a bottle of water at my side. So I did not go get a glass. I just wanted a sip.
This “sipping.” Not “drinking.” This was proving a bit of surprise as well.
Did you assume that because there is a glass/bottle of water at your side? Are you sure that you are drinking all you need?
Did you find that you have taught your body to get by with small sips of water through the day? Your body needs drinks.
Just as you became potty trained as a little one, you have retrained your body about drinking water.
You reach for that bottle of water and take a sip. Then you put the lid back on and go about your business.
Funny what changes your habits
When you got a drink of water. From a glass, 9 times out of 10, you drank most if not all the water. Several swallows. Actual swallows.
How many times do you actually hear the glug of water as you are drinking? As you think about how you do things now, it is really eye-opening. Are you aware of what these little habits reveal?
As you think about how you do things now, it is really eye-opening. Are you aware of what these little habits reveal?
Or do you need a “water check up?”
So how about a suggestion
Reconsider how you are doing the water thing in your retirement time.
Have you kept a log of how much water you drink in a normal day? That is the first thing you should do.
This is not that hard. You are retired now, there is time to stop and think about the small changes that can be made in your daily life.
If you find that you are really out of the habit of drinking water as so many senior citizens find, start small. You will abandon the effort before you make a real change.
Remember this is a natural thing, drinking water. There is no chemical involved, well unless you consider the H 2 O, of water. But again, drinking water is natural.
As such, results will not be instantaneous.
You will need to help your kidneys make the adjustment.
Don’t just expect an instant adjustment. Creating a problem of urgent runs to the bathroom is not what you are after here.
However, a slower, more reasonable pace will get you there.
Start with a small glass. Drink the whole glass of water when you pick it up. I started trying to get a whole 12 oz. glass down, and it did cause some urgency.
I could do it but was a chore. Now I can down a 12 oz. glass pretty easy. However, at first, the 6 oz. was so much easier. That glass is on the counter, or on top of the microwave ifs meal prep is going on.
Drinking a 6 oz. glass full of water is so much easier. Soon a “sip” no longer satisfies your thirst. There will have developed an actual thirst signal.
You do not have to wait for the pain to remind you that water drinking is important.
Drinking more water starts with merely adding a couple of 6 oz. glasses before you get that first cup of coffee. This will become a habit.
You will feel the thirst in your throat and dry mouth.
When it is time to move up to a 12 oz. glass of water you can do it.
Time will do it
It has taken about 6 months for me to get this far. I can now drink enough water in a day to make the arthritis pain a thing of the past. At least when I drink the water.
2 days in a row of being out of the normal routine. Being on the go, forgetting to grab a bottle of water.
Just sipping while driving, not actually taking swallows of water. Yes, day 3 you will know.
At least this is how it works for me. Those twinges of pain remind me to be aware of getting enough water through the day.
What works for you?
Have you figured out how to add more water to your day?
If you have arthritis pain, I would like to offer this as a reasonable add-on to your day. Drink 1 additional 6 oz. glass full of water before you have coffee. Again before your meals. 30 minutes before a meal is better.
However, for me to remember? If I am preparing a meal? Yes, when walking in to start the meal is a good time to have a glass.
However, as we are retired, we have a different eating schedule.
Usually, there is only one meal a day, with the other two being more like snacks.
I am sorry to say I am having a harder time remembering to grab a drink 30 minutes before I am going to eat. That needs some work.
However, as I can actually tell the difference drinking water makes, the effort will continue. It will all eventually become a habit.
A happy retirement
The journey through this maze of life as we age.
It is not always pretty, but if we can share information.
Real and helpful life experiences. This can be a better journey.
Small steps can make a big difference in your overall health. This, in turn, can give some relief to the ever- rising health care costs.
Even Motrin is not free. What will you change?
Goes without Saying
Important medical disclaimer.
I am not a Doctor, Lawyer, or Investment advisor.
I am simply a fellow traveler on this road through retirement.
Here, I share what I have found through actual practice or through a stumbling effort to improve myself.
Your results, should you adopt one of my suggestions will probably be 100 times better as you are probably a much stronger person than I am.
This retirement stuff is hard! Retirement would be a challenge even if it did not involve the aging process.
We have to work together to make the best of it! Lifetime habits, good and bad, accompany us on this journey we are on. We sometimes are not aware of how we hinder ourselves. My intent is to call attention to what I have found along the way that either teaches, warns, helps, or hinders me.
I hope you can learn, laugh, think about, and pick up a suggestion that will make things better for you. Sharing is how we do it. Do you have a suggestion that you can share? Please leave your comment.