The Importance of Hydration: Why We Need to Drink More Water as We Age
Hydration is key for healthy living, regardless of our age, as it has both immediate and long-term effects on our bodies. But we don’t stay young forever as we add a few candles to our birthday cake we find our bodies are no longer as efficient as they once were. This is why we need to take extra care and attention to ensure our bodies stay healthy and hydrated. It is essential that we drink enough water to make sure our bodies stay healthy and maintain its optimal functioning.
Water helps our bodies in many ways: it helps us maintain a healthy blood pressure, improves our skin health, helps maintain a healthy weight, and even helps the digestive process. Hydration helps regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning. It can also improve sleep quality, cognition, and mood, as well as provide energy, and helps the brain perform better. Additionally, hydration is important for replacing fluids lost through sweating, exhaling, and eliminating waste. Not getting enough water into your system can lead to dehydration and this is a major factor in many health problems, so it is important to ensure that you are drinking enough water.
Unfortunately, as we get older we are more prone to dehydration than our younger selves. When we were younger our bodies’ had a more heightened ability to sense thirst. This is due to higher levels of antidiuretic hormone (ADH) in the body, which helps regulate the amount of water in the body. As a result, older adults may not feel the need to drink as often as they should, or may not even notice if they are dehydrated.
The decrease in ADH can also lead to an increase in urinary output, which can further aggravate dehydration. To make matters worse, some medications can cause excessive urination, which can further reduce the body’s water content.
How Much Water Do We Need?
The amount of water we need to drink a day depends on our age and size. That said, Avanti Body recommends that you drink at least half your body weight in ounces. That means if you are 150 lbs, you need 75 ounces of water a day. This recommendation covers fluids from water, other beverages, and food.
However, it is possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions such as thyroid problems, so it is important to consult with a doctor before increasing your daily water intake. In general, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggest that each day women get a total of about 2.7 liters (11 cups) and men get a total of about 3.7 liters (125 ounces). Drinking water is important to help us stay hydrated and provide essential minerals and electrolytes that the body needs to function properly. So if you’re over the age of 50, it’s important to drink more water than the recommended 64 ounces a day.
The Benefits of Drinking Water as we get older
Drinking water has a plethora of health benefits for any age, but especially as we get older. Here are a few of the main benefits:
- Improved Cognitive Functioning
Drinking water can improve cognitive functioning and help reduce the risk of dementia. Studies have shown that proper hydration can help improve memory and alertness, as well as reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases.
- Reduced Risk of Dehydration
As we age, our bodies become less effective at retaining water, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue, confusion, and dizziness, so it’s important to make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce the risk of dehydration and keep us feeling energized and alert.
- Reduced Risk of Kidney Stones
Dehydration can also lead to a higher risk of kidney stones, as well as other kidney-related diseases. By drinking enough water, you can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and other kidney-related diseases.
- Better Digestion
Water helps our bodies break down food and absorb nutrients, as well as flush out toxins from our bodies. Proper hydration can help improve digestion, which can help us stay healthy
It is important for older adults to be aware of the signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, dark-colored urine, and fatigue, and to drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid becoming dehydrated. In addition to drinking water, older adults can also benefit from adding more hydrating foods to their diet, such as fruits and vegetables that are high in water content.
The important thing to take away is that older adults are more prone to dehydration due to their bodies’ decreased ability to sense thirst and increased urinary output. However, by drinking enough water throughout the day and adding more hydrating foods to their diet, older adults can ensure that they stay hydrated and healthy.
TFor a person undergoing Red Light Therapy always remember to drink at least 20 ounces of water prior to your Red Light Therapy session and an additional 20 ounces following the therapy.