Water: Essential at all ages

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The importance of water to our bodies health during old age.

Can we lose water as we get older?

This topic is sometimes avoided as it is such a gradual effect that it can go unnoticed until it is too late. Given that our bodies are 70% water this mentality has to change.

It is a reality we all have to face someday. The reality that the water content of our bodies decreases of time , falling to 70 or 60% water content in men and 60-70% in women.

Factors that can reduce this effect.

As we get older, the water content in our bodies naturally decreases alongside an increase in the percentage of body fat. You can expect to lose up to four or six liters from ages 20 to 80.

It is for this reason that we must increase our water consumption from as early an age as possible. As our bodies demand water that we don’t give them, problems, severe problems can start to occur. Problems that could otherwise be avoided by increasing the amount of water we consume.

We also slowly lose the sensation of thirst as we age, further compounding the problem. This can come to affect our kidneys and can increase the chance of kidney failure. This is due to the kidneys working overtime as they try to keep the levels of water in the body at a healthy level.

Recommendations

Drinking water throughout the day is the best thing you can do. In the case of older people, doctors recommend drinking water throughout the day putting a special emphasis on breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You must inform yourself about your body’s specific situation and adjust your water consumption accordingly. There should exist more informative sources about what healthy water consumption looks like so as to avoid these problems in the future.

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