Monday, January 12, 2009

Caregiving and the importance of water

As a caregiver it is important to know that you and your patient needs to drink as much water as possible. It will make things easier for both of you It will help prevent a lot of unnecessary problems. Below you will find some benefits of water that will help in everyday life. Yes your patient will use the bathroom more but it will give them better overall health, and at the same time if you drink water along with them it will also help you.>

Your body needs water everyday to flush out the kidneys.Water is also the best lubricating laxative and prevents constipation which many elderly people suffer from.
Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and the brain and as such prevents heart attacks and strokes. It also dilutes the blood and prevents it from clotting during circulation

Water gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions, particularly thinking. and is directly needed for the production of all hormones made by the brain, including melatonin. It prevents the loss of memory as we age. Water is also essential for the body’s cooling (sweat) and heating (electrical) systems

Water increases efficiency at work; it expands your attention span, it also helps prevents attention deficit disorder in children and adults.
Water normalizes the blood-manufacturing systems in the bone marrow—it helps with leukemia and lymphoma.

Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and prevents arthritis and back pain. It also prevents fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression and restores normal sleep rhythms.

Water is absolutely vital for making the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections and cancer cells where they are formed. The human body has no water storage to draw on during dehydration. This is why you must drink regularly throughout the day.

Dehydration prevents sex hormone production—one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido. Dehydration also causes deposits of toxic sediments in the tissue spaces, fat stores, joints, kidneys, liver, brain, and skin. Water will clear these deposits

To lose weight, water is the best way to go—drink water on time and lose weight without much dieting. Also, you will not eat excessively when you are only thirsty for water because water separates the sensations of thirst and hunger. Water reverses addictive urges, including those for caffeine, alcohol, and some addictive drugs. It is a better pick-me-up than any other beverage in the world—and it has no side effects

Water also decreases premenstrual pains and hot flashes and takes away the morning sickness of pregnancy.

Having recognized the benefits of water, then how much water does a person need to drink a day

Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.
If you weigh 140 lbs, you need to drink 70 ounces of water daily.

Do not substitute water with caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, these are diuretics and will dehydrate you.
Every 6 ozs of caffeine or alcohol requires an additional 12 ozs of water to rehydrate you.

So drink your water daily for maximum health.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder. As a caregiver you can get so caught up that you forget to take care of you.

I like the idea of drinking water also when you give your patient to drink. That's a good way to remember to drink your water.

Anonymous said...

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