Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Avoid Dehydration by Drinking Right Amount of Fluids

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Avoid Dehydration by Drinking Right Amount of Fluids

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Dear Doctor K: I'm in my 80s. At my last checkup, my doctor emphasized how important it is to stay hydrated. Can you explain why?

Dear Reader: Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body. That includes your heart, brain and muscles. Among other things, fluids carry nutrients to your cells. They flush urine and bowel movements, both of which contain body wastes, out of your body.

If you don't drink enough fluids, you run the risk of dehydration. This happens when your body loses too much water -- through sweating, for example. Warning signs include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that's dark in color. Even minimal dehydration can reduce your physical and mental capabilities. …

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