9 Creative Ways to Drink More Water

Hydrate your body with these quick and easy tricks!

9 Creative Ways to Drink More Water

By Toni Gasparis

Sixty percent of your body is made up of water, therefore it needs water to function properly — so making sure you are hydrated throughout the day is important. If you’re looking for ways to increase your water intake, look no further than this guide.

Drink a Glass in the Morning

Whether you are looking to improve your daily intake of water or not, you should start every morning off with an eight-ounce glass of warm water with lemon. This will not only re-hydrate your system after a long sleeping period without water, but it will also jumpstart your digestive system for the day.

Watch: Why You Should Start Your Day With Lemon Water

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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