Aging and Dehydration: Unlocking the Fountain of Youth

Aging is a universal journey that comes with time, and should be considered a privilege to experience. It's natural for our body to go through changes as we age, like sagging skin, decreased muscle mass, or more frequent lapses in memory. Eventually, it becomes a reality for all of us, but how soon we experience these changes depends on how you take care of your health today. And now that more people are living longer, an aging population has led to an epidemic of age-related chronic diseases.

Finding ways to prevent diseases associated with aging has become a herculean task for medical researchers.

In the quest to slow the effects of aging, one aspect of getting older that often gets overlooked is the diminishing ability to stay adequately hydrated. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at regulating water balance, which significantly impacts our health and longevity. Evidence suggests that staying hydrated may be the anti-aging secret that’s hidden in plain sight—except sometimes, simply drinking more water might not be enough. Let's dive in.

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Drink More, Live Longer

Studies suggest that staying properly hydrated might help slow down the aging process. A research team at NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute looked at the link between hydration and aging. To do this, they measured serum sodium levels which increase as people drink less.

What they found is that even within the normal range of serum sodium levels (135-146 mmol/L), variations were associated with differences in mortality. Participants with serum sodium near the lower end of the normal range had the lowest mortality rate, while levels above 144 mmol/L were linked to a 21% higher risk of premature death (1). 

Elevated serum sodium was also associated with increased risks of heart failure, dementia, chronic lung disease, and stroke. Participants with higher serum sodium levels were 50% more likely to have a biological age that exceeded their chronological age.

In short, the less hydrated you are may put you at risk for accelerated aging, and at higher risk of chronic diseases and premature death. 

Hydration Regulation Failure

Even though the body has a tightly controlled system for maintaining fluid balance, there are situations when our body's hydration regulation system fails. Fast and intense fluid loss from activities or environments—like warm summer weather or donating blood—can lead to dehydration.

Drinking alcohol can also interfere with fluid balance by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing water, leading to dehydration. Fluid and electrolyte imbalances play a role in the physiological effects during a hangover (2). 

But another critical factor affecting our hydration is age.

The Aging Body's Water Woes

As we age, our body's ability to regulate water balance reduces. This is due to a few different changes the body undergoes.

The kidneys become less effective in producing a hormone that helps to conserve water, called antidiuretic hormone (ADH) or vasopressin. Vasopressin reduces urine output in response to dehydration. So when there's not enough vasopressin, a person is going to lose more water and be at higher risk of dehydration. For an older person, this may result in hospitalization, frailty, cognitive decline, and even death in extreme cases.

A shift in our body's composition as we age further complicates things. With a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat, our bodies retain less water overall. Since muscle cells hold more water than fat cells, this shift puts the elderly at a higher risk of dehydration.

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Thirst Can Be Misleading

As we age, the ability to perceive thirst diminishes, creating a dangerous scenario where older individuals may not feel the urge to hydrate even when their bodies desperately need it.

A study from 1984 showed that older individuals tend to drink less water than their younger counterparts, despite being equally dehydrated (3). 

This highlights the need for older individuals to actively monitor their hydration levels and make an effort to drink enough fluids throughout the day.

Preventing Dehydration: A Fluid Approach

To counter the effects of dehydration, a conscious effort to increase fluid intake becomes paramount, especially as we get older.

  • The first step is to drink enough water daily. Aim for at least 8-10 cups of water per day, and more if you're sweating excessively, e.g., during exercise.
  • Avoid drinks high in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, as they can exacerbate dehydration.
  • Eat foods rich in water content, such as fruits, vegetables, and soups. Also, keep excessively salty foods to a minimum as they can increase your thirst and water loss.

For enhanced hydration and vitamin & mineral replenishment, there's another option for those wanting a more innovative approach to their hydration status.

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IV Therapy Infusions: A Hydration Hero

Staying hydrated is not always as simple as drinking more water, especially for aging bodies. IV vitamin therapy has emerged as a powerful solution, curing hangovers, improving energy levels, reducing inflammation, and supporting natural body detox.

IV treatment delivers essential nutrients directly to cells, bypassing the slower digestive processes (4). You can take advantage of swift and efficient hydration in the comforting environment of our integrative spa during your IV drip session.

Particularly beneficial for aging individuals, or if your body is undergoing any other hydration challenges—such as recovering from an illness, travel, or strenuous exercise.

IV vitamin therapy helps replenish vital nutrients lost due to dehydration, offering a safe and effective way to replenish essential vitamins and restore hydration.

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Choosing the Right IV Drip

IV therapy drips are delivered intravenously in your doctor’s office or integrative clinic, and they usually take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. During your infusion session, you’ll be seated comfortably while the IV treatment is administered.

Recharge Drip

This IV drip combines hydration with a blend of vitamins and antioxidants. Supports overall health and revitalization.

  • Myers’ Cocktail Base: The Myers’ Cocktail is a renowned intravenous nutrient blend that typically includes magnesium, calcium, B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12), and vitamin C. This combination is known for promoting overall well-being, energy production, and supporting the immune system (5). 
  • Enhanced Vitamin C: Amplify antioxidant capabilities with 5 grams of vitamin C in the Recharge Drip. Vitamin C is crucial for immune function, and collagen synthesis (6). 
  • Energy Boost: Patients may experience enhanced vitality, reduced fatigue, and increased mental clarity.
  • Immune Support: This is especially beneficial during times of increased stress, illness, or to proactively enhance immune function.

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Anti-Aging & Beauty Drip Fusion

This IV treatment infuses essential nutrients that combat oxidative stress, support full-body detoxification, and cellular health.

  • Antioxidant Glutathione: Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that plays a key role in neutralizing free radicals, supporting detoxification processes, and promoting skin health. The Beauty Drip can contribute to a healthier, brighter complexion by reducing oxidative stress.
  • Vitamin C: Similar to the Recharge Drip, the Beauty Drip, high-dose vitamin C supports collagen synthesis, aids in skin elasticity, and helps to maintain a youthful appearance.
  • Zinc is a mineral with immune-boosting properties and is involved in skin health and wound healing (7).
  • Anti-Aging Benefits: reducing oxidative stress, supporting collagen formation, and promoting skin health from the inside out.
  • Detoxification Support: Glutathione is known for its role in detoxification, helping to eliminate toxins from the body (8).

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Staying Hydration to Improve Longevity

Our body’s ability to stay hydrated is essential for maintaining good health and longevity, and yet it’s often overlooked. As we age, we become more susceptible to dehydration due to factors that affect the body’s ability to retain fluids. Dehydration can lead to a wide range of mild to severe symptoms, affecting our cognitive abilities, memory, and mood. In some cases, being mindful about hydration needs may not be adequate. Where it’s needed, IV therapy infusions can support cellular hydration in the body.

To explore other ways to extend your healthy years, speak with a patient care coordinator about how you can experience quality healthcare at CentreSpringMD.


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