We all know that our body is made of mostly water and it’s important to drink enough fluids, preferably water, each day. The question is – do you? If you haven’t been diligent about staying hydrated, it’s time to make that important change. According to a new National Institutes of Health study, good hydration is linked to healthy aging, so drink up!
Their findings are that, “Adults who stay well-hydrated appear to be healthier, develop fewer chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease, and live longer than those who may not get sufficient fluids.”
The study followed 11,255 adults over a 30-year period, analyzing the relationships between serum sodium levels and various indicators of health. Serum sodium levels go up when fluid intake goes down. Adults with higher (yet still within the normal range) serum sodium levels were more likely to develop chronic conditions and show signs of advanced biological aging. Those with levels in the higher range were also more likely to die younger.
So clearly, not staying hydrated has a significant long-term impact. But what about the short-term? When we don’t stay hydrated our cells send a signal to our brain saying we’re thirsty. But that isn’t all. According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, being just 2% dehydrated can “impair our performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills.” Mood disturbances can also occur at mild levels of dehydration.
Athletes know the importance of staying hydrated. However, the fact is children, the elderly, and even healthy young adults are also at risk of dehydration.
The CDC does not have specific hydration recommendations, adults are encouraged to intake between 8 and 12 cups per day. Up that number if you’re super active! Want some information tailored to you and your lifestyle? Check out this hydration calculator.
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