Print Digg

Article

Drink Water: Thirsty or Not

Friday, July 13, 2012


All of the water we are told to drink is not just some clever marketing campaign conjured up by mineral water companies.  Water is our body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of our body weight.
  
It regulates our body temperature, flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to our cells and provides a moist environment of our eyes, ears, nose, and throat tissues. 

Water is good for brains and our waistlines. Research out of the University of East London and Westminster found a five percent increase in academic performance in students who bring a water bottle to class.
  
Eight glasses of daily cold water burns 64 more calories than room temperature water because our bodies expend energy warming up cold water to body temperature...Research from Cotswold Medical Aesthetic found that drinking around eight glasses of water a day reduced the appearance of wrinkles by up to 24 percent in women aged 24-43. 

 Don’t you wonder why they spent time looking at wrinkle reduction on women who hardly have many wrinkles? If eight glasses of water only reduces the appearance of wrinkles by 5% in women 50 and above, it’s healthier and far less expensive than the miracle creams we are tempted to purchase from middle-of-the-night infomercials being hyped by aging film stars.

Some of the water we consume comes for the foods we eat.  About one third of an ideal daily intake of water should come from fruits and vegetables, including lettuce, cucumber, watermelon and tomatoes.  In case we don’t consume the amount of fruits and veggies than would include more than 20 oz. of water, I suggest just going ahead and drinking the recommended eight glasses to guarantee warding off dehydration.
  
Dehydration inhibits optimal liver metabolism of fat that frequently accumulates around our middle and increases the risk for diabetes and diseases of the retina, as well as making us look and feel much older. 
 
An interesting new study published in Neurobiology of  Aging found  lower thirst levels and elevated  series two inflammatory prostaglandins in aged rats with low levels of long chain omega-3 fatty acids.  If this information is applicable to humans, it suggests that folks who consume a high-calorie, nutrient-deficient diet may have a lower thirst level, which could be linked to dehydration and earlier signs and symptoms of aging.
  

Ellen Troyer, MT MA
Biosyntrx CEO /  Chief Research Officer





PEARL

Tips for making water a daily habit:

Keep a picture of filtered water in your home or office refrigerator spiked with lemon slices, mint or cucumber. 
Keep small containers of this water on your desk and get up and refill the container three or four times a day.  The getting up will be good for your back and your eyes.
Caffeine-free herbal tea counts toward daily water intake, sodas, and caffeinated teas and coffee do not. 
Always keep a glass of water by your bedside and drink it first thing when you wake up.









References

Thirst deficits in aged rats are reversed by dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.  Begg DP, Sinclair AJ, Weisinger RS,  Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Jan 5, [abstract]