Study: Irregular and low water consumption can lead to severe health consequences

Fareeha Arshad
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Though we have studied since primary school days that drinking eight glasses of water daily is mandatory for good health, very few people get to their eighth glass of the day. In a recent study published in ‘eBioMedicine’, researchers have given more reasons why drinking lots of water every day is essential.

In the study involving more than 11,000 adults over twenty-five years from different countries and varying social backgrounds, scientists studied the sodium levels in blood serum. Sodium levels indicate water intake: the more sodium levels, the less the water intake, and vice versa. The team discovered that with high water intake, the body ages slowly, and the person lives a healthy, disease-free life.

Previously, researchers have discovered that lower sodium levels in serum are linked to good heart health. The normal sodium levels in a healthy individual must be between 125 to 146 milliequivalents per litre (mEq/L). Any changes from this range are found to be linked with fatal health complications.

For instance, with higher sodium serum levels, there is an increase in different biomarkers, including those related to ageing. Individuals with higher sodium levels tend to be biologically older than their actual age and thus are more prone to developing chronic diseases like stroke, lung problems, diabetes, and heart attacks.

Therefore, staying hydrated is crucial to living a healthier and longer life. Blood sodium levels can be lowered or regulated by increasing the water intake and consuming food items that help in hydration, like fruits, vegetables, and juices.

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