Study Finds Good Hydration May Slow Down Aging

Side profile attractive young Indian woman put digital tablet on laps distracted from modern tech usage, hold glass drink still water sit on floor leaned on bed. Healthy life habit, lifestyle conceptDo you know that hydration could hold the key to healthy aging? As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity, and wrinkles become more visible. But drinking water can actually help increase your body’s natural ability to reduce signs of aging and keep you feeling refreshed.

While many people know that staying properly hydrated can help with aging, a new study is now showing just how vital it can also be for preventing chronic health conditions as we age. The study published in eBioMedicine suggests that adults who stay well hydrated appear to be healthier and develop fewer chronic conditions such as lung disease and heart disease.


The study analyzed health data from 11,255 adults over 30 years, focusing on links between serum sodium levels. These levels typically go up when fluid intake goes down, along with various indicators of health. All participants were required to attend five medical visits – the first two when they were in their 50s and the last between the ages of 70 – 90. All adults with high levels of serum sodium at baseline were excluded, along with those with underlying conditions that could affect serum sodium levels, such as obesity.

Researchers then evaluated how serum sodium levels correlated with biological aging, which was assessed by 15 health markers. These included systolic blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. This gave researchers insight into how each person’s cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, metabolic, and immune systems were functioning. Factors such as age, race, sex, hypertension, and smoking status were also adjusted for.

It was found that participants with higher levels of serum sodium were more likely to show signs of biological aging. Higher levels were also associated with an increased risk of premature death compared to those with lower serum sodium levels.

Researchers also found that participants with higher serum sodium levels had up to a 64% increased risk of developing chronic diseases like stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, peripheral artery disease, diabetes, lung disease, and dementia. Those with the lowest levels of serum sodium had the lowest risk of developing chronic disease.

“People whose serum sodium is 142 mEq/L or higher would benefit from evaluating their fluid intake,” said study author Natalia Dmitrieva, Ph.D. She suggested that most people can meet their fluid intake levels with water and other fluids such as juices, vegetables, or fruits with high water content.

The National Academies of Medicine suggests that most women consume around 6-9 cups (1.5-2.2 liters) of fluids daily, and for men, 8-12 cups (2-3 liters).


Along with getting proper hydration, getting the right vitamins and nutrients is also vital for healthy aging.


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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.