Whether it be by a parent, a sports coach, a teacher, or a doctor, we've always been told to drink more water! And now, a recent study shows that staying well-hydrated does, in fact, lead to maintaining a healthier lifestyle and a greater chance of living a longer life.
Over the years, we've heard that drinking eight glasses of water a day should do the drink, which does seem like a reasonable and practical goal. Although no single method works the same for everyone, The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine believe that the daily fluid intake should be about 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women. Most people can stay healthy and hydrated with eight glasses a day, but the number can vary depending on a person's overall health, environment, exercise, and more. And well, drinking too much water is rarely an issue for well-nourished adults!
In a recent study, 11,255 adults were asked five separate times over about 25 years about different factors that may prohibit their fluid intake. Those involved in the study provided samples of blood serum which showcased sodium intake, which further determined their fluid intake. Research showed those with a higher water intake have lower levels of sodium in their bloodstream and, therefore, a lower risk of heart failure. "The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down aging and prolong a disease-free life," according to research scientists from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in Maryland.
Throughtout the research, it was found that those with sodium levels above 142 mEq/L had a 10-15 percent increase of being biologically older than their actual age. With these numbers, researchers determined there was a 64% higher risk for developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart failure and more for those with high sodium levels. However, measuring these sodium levels could help doctors determine ways to help up their fluid intake amongst other factors. Due to a variety of reasons, about half the world's population does not receive the suggested daily fluid intake. However, achieving the recommended daily amount can truly make an impact on a "global level" for peoples overall health.