The secret to a long, healthy life is simple, according to new research. The study was published in the journal eBioMedicine, part of Discovery Science’s The Lancet. The findings suggest that properly hydrated people show fewer signs of aging and chronic disease.
In this study, 15,700 adults between the ages of 45 and 66 were analyzed over 25 years to assess serum sodium (the amount of sodium found in the blood). Serum sodium indicates a person’s level of hydration. The higher the serum sodium level, the more dehydrated a person is and vice versa.
Researchers found that people with high serum sodium levels (142 millimolar or higher) had an almost 40% higher risk of developing chronic diseases and a 50% higher chance of aging prematurely.
In other words, those who drank less water had biological markers of ‘older than their chronological age’. .
While the study doesn’t directly prove that drinking more water reduces aging, people with higher sodium levels in their blood “become biologically older, develop chronic diseases, It suggests that there is a high possibility of dying young. .
“The results suggest that adequate hydration may slow aging and prolong disease-free living,” said study author, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute study. “Decreasing body water content is the most common factor in increasing serum sodium, so staying well hydrated can slow the aging process and help reduce the amount of sodium in your body,” Natalia Dmitrieva, a researcher, said in a news release. Results suggest that it may prevent or delay chronic disease.”
Knowing what preventive measures can slow the aging process is “a major challenge in preventive medicine,” the authors said in the study. “Chronic diseases associated with aging” are on the rise.
So how much water should you drink? According to the Mayo Clinic, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends an adequate daily intake of water for men is about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) per day, or about 11.5 cups per day. I determined that it was a cup (2.7 liters).for women
These recommendations cover liquids from water, other beverages, and food. About 20% of your daily water intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.