Your body starts out comprised of 80% water when you are born. When many people die, they are at 50% water. Now it may seem pretty simplistic to point to water as the source of aging, but proper hydration is needed for fat metabolism, to remove waste from cells, and to keep your brain healthy. We also use water for transporting nutrients and wastes, lubrication, temperature regulation, and tissue structure maintenance. It is also important to know that 48% of older adults admitted to Emergency Rooms had laboratory values indicative of dehydration. Chronic dehydration can lead to many problems such as constipation, poor performance in athletics, and can exacerbate many health issues such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. Proper hydration may seem simple, but things that are simple can be overlooked as valuable. So, if you are tired during the day, why not reach for a glass of water instead of a soda or cup of coffee? You will feel better and do your body a service too.
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