H2O – The beauty of Water

I love water personally!!

Do you drink 8 glasses of water a day? Many researchers agree water is healthy for us, do you?

Did you know that Water is the elixir of life! It is a source of vitality! And the essence of all living beings!!!

Here is a bit of a scientific approach to understanding the importance of water:

It’s not just a mere liquid; it’s a fundamental component that sustains life on Earth. From quenching our thirst to supporting complex biological processes, the importance of H2O, or water, cannot be overstated. In this article, we’re diving into a pool of fun facts that shed light on just how crucial water is for our health and well-being.

In this study they describe the importance of water!

  • Li S, Xiao X, Zhang X. Hydration Status in Older Adults: Current Knowledge and Future Challenges. Nutrients. 2023 Jun 2;15(11):2609. doi: 10.3390/nu15112609. PMID: 37299572; PMCID: PMC10255140.

10 Scientific Facts about Water:

  1. Water makes up approximately 60% of adult body [].
  2.  Water plays a crucial role in thermoregulation, blood pressure maintenance, biochemical reaction, and transportation of nutrients into and removal of waste from cells [].
  3. Body water content varies slowly throughout life, being highest in infants and children, and declines with age [].
  4. Older adults are susceptible to dehydration, referring to a shortage of water in the body due to inadequate water intake or excessive water loss [].
  5. Water loss often occurs in the cases of excessive blood loss, vomiting, and diarrhea, which affects the function of many systems and can lead to acute events if it is not timely supplemented. This type of body water deficits is often called ‘salt-loss dehydration’ and is associated with diminished electrolytes in addition to reduced body water. It is distinguished from the other type of dehydration, called ‘water-loss dehydration’, where electrolyte levels are stable and relatively elevated [].
  6. Because inadequate water intake represents the primary cause of water-loss dehydration, European guidelines now prefer to use the term low-intake dehydration rather than water-loss dehydration [].
  7. Notably, low-intake dehydration is a common and chronic health condition in apparently healthy older adults, especially those that need long-term care and hospitalization [,].
  8. Dehydration doesn’t just affect our physical well-being; it impacts our mental clarity as well. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can impair cognitive functions such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory. So, the next time you’re reaching for that cup of coffee, consider opting for a glass of water to boost your brainpower.
  9. Have you ever wondered why you sweat more during hot weather or intense physical activity? Sweat is the body’s natural cooling mechanism, and water is at the heart of this process. When we sweat, water from our skin’s surface evaporates, dissipating heat and helping to regulate our body temperature.
  10. If you’re seeking that natural skin health glow, water is your best friend. Well-hydrated skin looks healthier, more radiant, and is less prone to issues like dryness and flakiness. Water helps maintain skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and promoting an overall youthful complexion.

Did you know Reduced physiological hydration status was associated with greater reductions in global cognitive function over a 2-year period in older adults with metabolic syndrome and overweight or obesity?

  • Nishi, S.K., Babio, N., Paz-Graniel, I. et al. Water intake, hydration status and 2-year changes in cognitive performance: a prospective cohort study. BMC Med 21, 82 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-023-02771-4

Did you know that when you are thirsty that you are already dehydrated?

Follow this study below:

  • Li S, Xiao X, Zhang X. Hydration Status in Older Adults: Current Knowledge and Future Challenges. Nutrients. 2023 Jun 2;15(11):2609. doi: 10.3390/nu15112609. PMID: 37299572; PMCID: PMC10255140.

“When inadequate water intake or excessive water loss, the osmolality of ECF increases, which sends a message that ‘I AM THIRSTY’ to the brain. Because these structures are located outside the blood–brain barrier, certain specialised neurons in the regions, called osmoreceptors can monitor changes in plasma osmolality directly and feedback appropriate activation for the generation of thirst []. This blunted thirst sensation is an important contributory factor to increased risk of dehydration in older people.”

Will you drink a glass of water now?

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