Researchers discovered that well-hydrated persons can live longer and stay healthy by lowering their risk of chronic disease.
Those researchers have found that drinking enough water daily can “delay aging.” The study, which involved more than 11,000 people over the age of 30, monitored their blood sodium levels and found that levels increase with dehydration.
Adults with high salt levels were found to be 64% more likely to develop chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, lung disease, diabetes, and dementia, as well as to die at a young age.
The American researchers who carried out this research suggested that DNA damage and the resulting acidic conditions due to water restriction accelerate a person’s aging process.
Dehydration can cause short-term health problems in people, including dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. And in the long term, it can also increase the risk of other health problems, including constipation, kidney stones, and loose skin.
Although this research does not specify the amount of water that should be consumed daily, the NHS Eatwell guidelines recommend that an adult drink between six and eight cups of water a day. It is approximately two liters of water.
“The results suggest that proper hydration can slow aging and prolong disease-free life,” said lead author Dr. Natalia Dmitrieva of the National Institutes of Health in the United States.
Previous studies suggest that lower than normal hydration levels may contribute to various factors known to increase age-related diseases.