What do the kidneys do?
Your kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs on either side of your spine, below your ribs and behind your belly. Each kidney is roughly the size of a large fist.
All of the blood in your body passes through your kidneys 40 times a day and their job is to filter the blood. They remove waste and excess fluid from your body, keeping the right level of electrolytes and maintaining a healthy balance of water, salts and minerals.
Without this balance, nerves, muscles and other tissues in your body may not work properly.
What happens when you’re dehydrated?
If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for this delivery system to work.
Dehydration, especially chronic dehydration, results in production of urine which has a higher concentration of minerals and waste products. This can lead to the formation of crystals which can affect kidney function and contribute to certain kidney diseases, such as kidney stones.
How can Aquarate help?
Aquarate helps automatically monitor fluid intake sip by sip, showing a true and accurate representation of what you have actually consumed. Older people in particular benefit from having this extra support in place and carers can remind and prompt individuals to drink more when their dashboard shows they are at risk of being dehydrated.
Drinking plenty of water can reduce the risk of falls, fractures, UTI’s, AKI’s and more severe consequences of dehydration. As well as avoiding unwanted hospital visits, being hydrated makes you feel great! Ensuring our loved ones are hydrated, helps them feel their best selves, increases appetite, makes them more likely to get involved with activities and reduces the need for medication such as antibiotics and laxatives.
If you would like to find our more about how our smart cups could help you or someone you care for, get in touch!