Hydration and Aging

Hydration and Aging

As we age, our appearance changes in several distinctive ways: Our skin thins and wrinkles, our hair gradually fades to gray or white, bones weaken, and our muscles visibly atrophy. While these external changes are what grab our attention in the mirror, they are primarily reflections of altered internal biological processes, including dehydration, mineral depletion, and oxidative stress. Caring for the inside of your body is thus a necessity for healthy, graceful aging. Read on to learn how optimizing your hydration status, mineral levels, and antioxidant balance can slow the aging process, keeping you vibrant throughout your lifetime!

To Slow Aging, Support Your Body from the Inside Out

A variety of biochemical mechanisms orchestrate the aging process in human beings. However, three main factors play pivotal roles in aging: Dehydration, mineral depletion, and oxidative stress.

Dehydration

Unless you are an athlete, it’s likely that hydration has not been a significant focus in your life. If this is the case, you’re not alone! Research indicates that mild dehydration is widespread in the adult population. However, if you want to slow the aging process, you can’t ignore hydration!

Water is the main component of cells and tissues and is required for optimal physiological function. Unfortunately, thirst sensation is blunted during aging, increasing the risk of dehydration. Dehydration adversely affects skin hydration and elasticity, making your skin appear lackluster and aged.1 Chronic dehydration may also increase the risk of neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia, by promoting the misfolding and aggregation of proteins in the brain.2 Conversely, adequate hydration improves skin hydration in the same way as a topical moisturizer and keeps your brain sharp!3

Mineral Depletion

Poor dietary habits increase the risk of mineral deficiencies, which in turn affect bone density and cognitive function. Concerning statistics indicate that low bone mineral density is a growing problem both in the elderly and in adults 35-50 years of age.4 Furthermore, deficiencies of minerals such as zinc and magnesium in adulthood are associated with cognitive impairment.5,6 Optimizing your mineral status today may help stave off low bone density, osteoporosis, and cognitive dysfunction down the road.

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative damage occurs when there is an imbalance between the body’s internal production of harmful free radicals and its capacity to counteract free radical damage with antioxidants. Free radicals “steal” electrons from your own DNA and proteins, harming tissues and organs and compromising their function. Oxidative damage is thus implicated in multiple aspects of the aging process, from skin wrinkling and age spots to the onset of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.7 A healthy diet, lifestyle, and supplemental antioxidants attenuate oxidative stress, and may, therefore, help slow the aging process.  

While dehydration, mineral deficiencies, and high levels of oxidative stress are common in aging, they are not inevitable! Hydrating your body, restoring your mineral levels, and inhibiting oxidative stress with potent antioxidants can course-correct these impairing pathways, alleviating the signs of aging.

Deep-Sea Minerals for Anti-Aging

The National Academy of Medicine recommends that adults allow thirst to guide their water intake, rather than aiming to drink a specific amount of water each day. While adherence to this guideline may keep people sufficiently hydrated, it may be inadequate for facilitating optimal hydration during the aging process. In addition to drinking more water – ideally, filtered water – you can up your hydration game by supplementing your water with deep-sea minerals.

Post-exercise supplementation with deep-sea minerals has been found to hydrate the body more efficiently than commercial sports drinks or tap water.8 Supplementation with deep-sea minerals also supports bone regeneration by promoting the differentiation of osteoblasts, the body’s bone-building cells.9

Hypertonic Elixir, a solution of hypertonic, mineral-rich 100% seawater, efficiently hydrates the body while also supporting bone strength. The minerals it contains also support exercise performance and recovery, helping you stay active throughout adulthood!10,11

Antioxidant Support for Healthy Aging

While a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential for limiting oxidative stress, we could all use some additional support! A little-known antioxidant, molecular hydrogen, offers powerful anti-aging benefits that make it the perfect complement to your healthy lifestyle.

Molecular hydrogen (H2) is an effective yet gentle antioxidant that rapidly diffuses across cellular membranes, entering cells and donating electrons to damaging hydroxyl radicals (·OH) and peroxynitrite (ONOO־), thus quenching oxidative stress.12 It also influences the expression of genes involved in the oxidative stress response, helping the body adapt to future stressors.13 The antioxidant properties of molecular hydrogen make it a powerful tool for inhibiting the oxidative-stress induced diseases of aging, such as atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, dementia, and arthritis.14,15,16,17

While molecular hydrogen can be inhaled and injected, research indicates that it may be most effective for reducing oxidative stress when consumed as hydrogen-rich water. Several companies offer hydrogen-rich water generators that can be used at home, but these units are typically costly and require regular upkeep. Our H2 Elite tablets allow you to conveniently create hydrogen-rich water with just a class of 8-10 ounces of filtered water. Drop the tablet into the water, allow it to dissolve, and drink immediately to reap the anti-aging antioxidant benefits of molecular hydrogen!

Aging Doesn’t Have to be a Downhill Slide!

While biological aging is a completely natural process, it doesn’t have to be a downhill slide into chronic disease and dysfunction! A healthy diet and lifestyle and strategic supplementation with deep sea minerals and molecular hydrogen can help you age with grace and keep you feeling youthful, no matter your biological age!

 

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