Benefits of Drinking Water On Your Retirement Health
Has this reality of the importance the benefits of drinking water on your retirement health, every day got your attention yet? Did your Doctor share this information with you?
No, mine did not either. However, the facts of dehydration became apparent.
Do you really realize how important drinking enough water is for you? Are you ready to make your health better?
You have always had a faucet of water available and like most things that are just there, you tend to take for granted.
This simple act
The act of drinking enough water to meet our bodies needs each and every day is the cornerstone for a solid health foundation. Every bit as important as a healthy diet. Maybe even more important.
The right start
Did you know that when you’re born, your body is about 75% water?
You are born with a body full of the ingredients needed to build a healthy body. The building blocks are there to mature and grow to the fine adult you are today.
We begin to dry out. So quick so that in only a year after being born most babies are only about 65% water.
As you become an adult, you will usually find that most men are only 60% water, with women more in the 55% range.
You are slowly drying up.
Your joints remind you of the benefits of water. Just one reason you need to drink enough water is so you can have healthy joints.
As adults, you are the result of habits that you have developed. Some of you will have soda drinking habits by now.
This is the number one health risk that is being carried into adulthood from teenage years. Your body was younger and healthier. Generally, there is not much protest from your joints or your digestive system.
The warning sign start
If this habit of drinking sodas, even diet sodas is continued, you will find a group of ailments developing in your body. Your body recognizes the difference in water, and other liquids.
At any gathering of senior adults who are living independently, you will find a number of adults with a soda in hand. Not healthy water, but sodas.
Soda’s do not replace the water your body requires.
Yes, it is a liquid. A liquid that includes caffeine and sugars or a substitute.
Nor does coffee or tea give your body the building material it really needs. Your body must filter out the parts of these liquids to get to the parts you need for a healthy body.
You need to drink water. Plain water. Hot or cold, that part is personal taste. But do away with the liquids your body does not need. Consume the one it does need.
Benefits of Drinking Water with meals
Water provides the ability to lubricates your joints.
Water allows your body to absorb the shock when your bones hit the floor when you walk.
When you do not drink enough water you do not allow your body to replace cartilage in your joints as the old is used and sluffed off. Problems will develop.
Your body will have to do the needed repairs in a dehydrated condition.
Oh, I know, your parents had arthritis so you were destined to as well.
You may be genetically inclined to certain conditions.
However, some of these can be avoided.
A condition develops over time. It is not a disease that you “catch.”
You develop arthritis
So it is safe to assume that you may be able to avoid arthritis with some preventive measures.
What kind of preventive measures? Well, consider ditching the sodas for water.
Your body will attempt to repair itself
When the joint is injured through an accident or just years of use:
- With enough water present in your system, the repairs will be made without the disfiguring signs of arthritis.
- Your joints will remain smooth
- Not swelled and knotted as they appear when arthritis is diagnosed.
The pain results because the irregular joint is now trying to function in a space that was designed to hold a normal joint.
This joint is not normal and will not function in a normal way. This disfigurement is a sign you’re dehydrated.
Your body needs more water
Will this disfigurement go away? No, not likely.
Will the pain disappear? Probably not completely.
Can drinking enough water help with the pain? Yes, it can. If enough water to meet the needs of your bodies system is met on a regular basis.
Enough every day. You may not be able to completely stop the pain, but if you have the pain, after awhile even a little bit of help is appreciated.
Are you finding yourself more frequently going for another round of Motrin or Tylenol? Is this a sign you are needing to drink more water?
I do not know that this pain will ever disappear completely.
However, my experience with making sure I drink more water resulted in reduced dosages of these over the counter medications.
Even sometimes of not needing any at all. That fact alone is worth making the effort to drink enough water every day.
I know that as I age, I need more Motrin for pain control. There is a limit to what my body can tolerate and not have serious problems develop from the medication.
A Motrin or Tylenol habit
The cycle of dependence on over the counter medication is not a good thing. At least not for your health in the long term.
Do you see any warnings on the label about long term use? Drug companies do not want you to find relief with just plain water.
Back to how the benefits of drinking water helps in aging
Water also assists in getting rid of our crap.
Yes, water is what makes your digestion process start.
With enough water in your system, the process will complete itself.
Your body will receive the needed nutrition from the food you have eaten.
With enough water, the process will be completed. The unusable portions of waste eliminated from your body.
Man. What an efficient processing system your body is.
All it needs is the healthy diet and enough water. Your body will operate with no problems for a really long time.
Did you know that water regulates your body temperature?
For starters, water is an efficient and important agent for your body temperature regulation. Water holds heat or cool well, making the body temperature more stable.
Your body just does not function properly unless your temperature is maintained within a certain range.
The 2 ways water helps
Water is slow to change temperature. Water is also efficient at storing heat.
With the amount of water in the body composition at 60 to 75%. Water is a natural temperature regulator.
Another way water is used by the body for regulating your temperature is through the process of perspiration. As water evaporates from the skin, your body is cooled.
Water does not stop there
Water also provides a cushion for your brain and spinal cord (Can you see it now? A water bed for your brain?)
When you think about the body as being primarily made of water, your blood stream is probably the first place you think about.
Your blood health
Your blood pressure will be easier to maintain when there is enough water to work with. When your blood stays at the proper thickness to work properly.
Most often high blood pressure is a result of dehydration. Can you drink more water?
Where else is there water needed?
Actually, your other vital organs are mostly composed of water.
This includes your brain.
Then there are your lungs.
Don’t forget your heart, liver, and kidney all which are composed of between 65-85% water.
Do you still think you can drink sodas and be alright?
So you here you are. This concentrated collection of cells filled with water.
Have you considered would happen if you totally stopped drinking water? Or even if you did not drink as much as your body needed? Your skin? Your hair?
Pretty scary stuff!
Let’s start with this known fact.
Every day you lose close to 3 liters of water just from sweat, urine, poop. (pardon my indelicate use of this scientific term This is from that 4-year-old grandson.)
Then there is the everyday act of breathing. Your body needs water to get air into and out of your body.
If you stopped drinking water
Your body would begin a series of panic mode decisions intended to keep you alive as long as possible.
There is an alert system in each cell of your body. This panic action initiates the histamines in your body.
First, your kidneys would be told to squeeze out as much water as possible in order for your blood to stay fluid.
This is what causes urine to become dark when you are dehydrated. Once your body has robbed the remaining bits of water from the kidneys.
Your mood changes dramatically.
You can feel depressed. Have a huge drop in energy.
Changes in your blood pressure occur.
Then even your brain shrinks and has to work harder just to complete simple tasks.
Not to mention the skin becoming as dry as a … skin. Nevermind that analogy.
So now you know what happens when you don’t drink water.
The soda question
The question remains about other liquids like sodas keep you from being dehydrated?
To answer this question there is this strange event that lends some light. About what happens when sodas are substituted for water in our diet.
This is what happened when sodas are substituted for water in your diet.
For this story, you must travel to Monaco. There a 31-yr.-old-woman decided to drink 2 liters of soda every day for 16 years.
The soda queen
Needless to say, things did not go well for the poor soda pop queen.
She told Doctors that since the age of 15 she had never drunk a glass of water.
By the age of 31, after being admitted to the hospital with severe depletions of potassium, uncontrollable diarrhea, and erratic heart beats questions arose.
Doctors forced a change. After just two weeks of no soda and only water, along with a healthy diet, she miraculously was released with a clean bill of health.
That is one for water.
There are not many facts to back up this report. So, I hesitated to include this one.
However, this soda pop queen experienced the same health crisis that a young bride whose family are friends of ours. This I know is factual.
Our friend’s daughter married at a young age. Her husband was in the military service. A sudden change resulted in his deployment to a combat area.
This daughter was not working and found herself in a new location with a limited budget to work with.
Now, she did not want to ask for help. After all, she was a grown up now.
Feeling that she was now married and that there was no longer a need to answer to her parents nor did she need them or to supervise her actions. She only a husband that she felt she needed to answer too.
What happened next?
He was not home, and she did not cook for herself. She did not like cooking anyhow.
She knew she could not afford to eat out every meal.
So in the wisdom of youth, she lived mainly on sodas.
They come in large bottles. When you buy the store brand they are cheap.
After only 6 weeks, she began to have the erratic heartbeat issue and finally called her parents. They immediately called 911 for her.
Then they started the drive to her new home.
When they arrived she, of course, was already in the emergency room.
Tests results came back that she was on her way to serious health issues from this diet. A few days at home with her parents in control, she was healthy and feeling great.
Only water, please
For many, consuming the sufficient amount of water can be a struggle.
To find the right amount of water for you to consume, a good rule of thumb is: your weight (lbs.) divided by 2 = the number of ounces of water to be consumed daily.
The other thing one should not do? Rely on your thirst to tell you that you are thirsty.
Drinking water is like taking a shower on the inside of your body. If you’re still struggling, here are other options to help you with getting some water down.
Foods can help
There are plenty of foods that contain high amounts of water.
These can help supplement our water intake.
Cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, radish, celery, broccoli, red cabbage, peppers, and cauliflower all have over 90% water content.
Watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, and grapefruit are all fruits that contain 90%+ water content.
But in reality…
Ditch the juices and sodas, and get some water.
Bottled Water, Spring Water, Sparkling Water, Mountain Water, even good old-fashioned Tap Water.
I know many people who believe some waters are better than others. Personally, I can’t tell the difference between reverse osmosis and electrolyte-organic lemon infused waters, except in taste.
But, I do know the majority of retired Americans are dehydrated. When you check out the over-the-counter remedies in their medicine cabinets. Then there are misshapen joints. Watch them walk.
So much so that every restaurant server tries to help you out with the, “Can I get you some more water?” Hint. Hint.
The point is, you all need to make a conscience effort to drink more H20. You don’t want to be an old, lonely, dried-up well. The benefits of drinking water on retirement health are too important.
The benefits of drinking water on retirement health are too important.
Goes without Saying
Important medical disclaimer.
I am not a Doctor, Lawyer, or Investment advisor.
I am simply a fellow traveler on this road through retirement.
Here, I share what I have found through actual practice or through a stumbling effort to improve myself.
Your results, should you adopt one of my suggestions will probably be 100 times better as you are probably a much stronger person than I am.
This retirement stuff is hard! Retirement would be a challenge even if it did not involve the aging process.
We have to work together to make the best of it! Lifetime habits, good and bad, accompany us on this journey we are on. We sometimes are not aware of how we hinder ourselves.
My intent is to call attention to what I have found along the way that either teaches, warns, helps or hinders me.
I hope you can learn, laugh, think about, and pick up a suggestion that will make things better for you.
Sharing is how we do it. Do you have a suggestion that you can share? Please leave your comment.