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This Could Prevent 3 Million Cases of Degenerative Disease

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests 3 million fewer people in the U.S. would develop degenerative diseases if they improved hydration throughout life
  • Compared to mice with optimal hydration, the water restricted mice had a shortened lifespan and metabolic changes that led to increased food intake and energy expenditure
  • A strong association was found between serum sodium concentration, a measure of hydration, in middle age and markers of coagulation and inflammation and the development of age-dependent degenerative diseases
  • Humans with less-than-optimal hydration status had increased inflammation and other factors associated with degenerative diseases, including cognitive impairment, dementia, heart failure and chronic lung disease
  • High blood pressure and diabetes were also associated with hydration status
  • Both children and adults often fail to drink enough water, and it’s estimated that 20% to 30% of older adults are dehydrated

Providing your body with optimal hydration in the form of pure water is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve your health. It’s such a powerful tool that research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests 3 million fewer people in the U.S. would develop degenerative diseases if they improved hydration throughout life.

It makes sense, since your body is made up mostly of water. At birth, body weight is 75% water, dropping to 55% in the elderly. Keeping an optimal balance between water intake and output is essential for survival, which is why if you become dehydrated, your body will activate a number of hormonal and neuroregulatory mechanisms to save your life.


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