waterDo you drink your 8 glasses of water per day?  Most people don’t.  Some common signs of dehydration are chapped lips, headaches, feeling tired, and even light headed.  Being hydrated is more important than most people realize.  Here are somethings you probably didn’t know about hydration and aging.

Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to function normally. Dehydration can happen to anyone, but it is a problem that is more common in people who are older.  Your body loses water every day when you breath, perspire, urinate, and have bowel movements. For your body to work right, you need to keep it well hydrated.  As you age, your sense of thirst lessens and the kidney isn’t able to conserve body water as well. Over the age of 50, you may feel tired and draggy rather than thirsty, and may opt for a nap instead of a tall glass of water. If you remain dehydrated, you can end up suffering complications, some of which can be serious.

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Water and Anti-Aging

Water is crucial for the organs to function correctly, the regulation of body temperature (thermoregulation), and for dissolving solids and moving nutrients throughout the body. Research has shown that proper hydration may help to minimize chronic pain such as rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, migraines, and colitis. Drinking plenty of water could help to lower the risk of heart disease and heart attack, according to results of a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2002. Researchers found that men and women who drink five or more glasses of water each day are 54% and 41%, respectively, less likely to die from a heart attack than those who drink two or less glasses each day.

See more at: http://www.worldhealth.net/news/hydration/

How Much Should You Drink

Aim for at least eight cups of water a day.  Drink some water first thing in the morning to make up for loss of fluids during the night.  Drink a water with every meal.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty.  Drink throughout the day.  For every cup of caffeinated beverage you drink, consume an extra half-cup of another fluid to make up for caffeine’s diuretic effect.

See more at: http://www.worldhealth.net/news/hydration/

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