The first thing I do as a hospice volunteer when I visit a resident’s room at a nursing home is look for a filled water glass. This is year-round, regardless of the weather. Because most of my hospice patients share a room with two or three other residents not assigned to me, I usually look for several glasses. Beyond looking for glasses, I also observe patients for clues about their overall condition, including dehydration.
Drinking enough water daily is something that we all should do. Experts recommend that we drink 8 cups of 8 ounces of water daily. Unfortunately, over 40% of Americans drink fewer than 4 cups, and 7% report drinking none daily.
This video shares five surprising benefits of drinking water: