boost your healthspan with food and nutrition

Hydration

posts about health impacts of hydration status

6 Healthy habits that are unhealthy?

6 Healthy habits that are unhealthy?

Can “healthy” habits cause premature aging? It doesn’t make sense, but according to a recent AARP article, there are 6 such habits. Of course, I had to investigate, since some of these habits are nutrition/food-related. I wouldn’t blame any of these health habits for premature 

Watermelon for hydration variety

Watermelon for hydration variety

Hot weather got you down? Get some watermelon! I know this sounds like a simplistic solution to the potential ill effects of heat. Hot weather calls for extra attention to hydration, but drinking more water all day can get boring. High water foods like melon 

Hydration smarts for older adults

Hydration smarts for older adults

A few weeks ago I listened to a webinar that presented some rather alarming information about hydration in older adults. Food intake surveys show that for age 70+, 80% of women and almost all men fail to meet even the minimum fluid intake recommendations. The 

Coffee: healthy, unhealthy, both, neither?

Coffee: healthy, unhealthy, both, neither?

Dark winter months and coffee go hand in hand. No surprise, countries with the longest, darkest winter days drink the most coffee: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland top the list. You’d think that, if coffee were unhealthy, people in these countries would 

Hydrate with food

Hydrate with food

In warm weather our thoughts turn to hydration. Particularly if we’re over 60. The hormones that control fluid balance and thirst don’t work as effectively as we age, which means you can be dehydrated before you even feel thirsty. At which point you’re playing Catch 

For older adults, it’s always hydration season

For older adults, it’s always hydration season

As the weather heat up, people start thinking more seriously about hydration. You might be more diligent about drinking water or carrying a water bottle with you. All well and good. But for older adults, hydration isn’t just for hot weather. Aging messes with our