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Hydration Levels and Aging



Water is an essential nutrient that many people overlook when planning their diet. Some individuals, while they are careful to take vitamins and eat properly, forget about this crucial element that their body needs to function correctly. Drinking plenty of water is essential for good health and can also help slow the onset of aging. Further, in some cases, maintaining sufficient hydration levels can help alleviate symptoms associated with age.

Every organ in the human body depends on water to fulfill its function. Water transports the blood through the body, moves nutrients within cells, and ensures that muscles, bones, the skin, and other organs operate at their best. Limited water intake starves your cells of the nutrients and water they need to run smoothly. If the human body does not receive the recommended 64 ounces of fluids a day, there can be significant medical implications.

So What Does all this Mean for the Aging Process?

Over time, the adverse effects of dehydration on cells in the body can compound and may cause cells to die sooner. This may speed the aging process. More noticeably, low hydration levels can make the skin wrinkle faster and may give an individual a dull or sickly appearance. These symptoms of dehydration can make a person appear far older than they are.

Additionally, some studies suggest that drinking lots of water has anti-aging benefits. Benefits reported from maintaining proper hydration levels include: reducing the pain from rheumatoid arthritis, lowering the risk of heart disease, and—in some cases—helping to reduce pain from migraine headaches. All of these benefits of drinking plenty of water can help an individual feel younger and healthier.

Because the body loses up to three quarts of water a day, each person must drink 8 cups of water per day to counter this loss. Maintaining proper hydration levels is an excellent way for an individual to optimize their physical wellbeing. Ultimately, drinking the recommended amount of water is essential for your health can help alleviate symptoms of age, and can prevent you from looking older than you are.

But What About Your Skin?

Most skin care lotions are oil-based.  The more liquid fat in your skin, the more elastic it is.  When your skin is dry, wrinkles form more easily.  Collagen production requires enough water in the blood, and without collagen, skin becomes less elastic and more prone to damage.

To stay young, the number one, two, and three most important things to do are hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more!