Telomeres and water

Eight glasses of water per day have been a rule of thumb for as long as we can remember. Why eight? Does it apply to an active teenager who plays football and a frail, thin elder? Would any water serve the purpose? Or do we look for certain qualities?
Studies show that water-loss dehydration is prevalent among 30% of older people, where it can trigger disabilities, morbidity, and mortality.
Our body thrives in many aspects when we are properly hydrated. Our skin looks good, our energy levels are high, and our digestive processes run smooth. What about aging? Does water intake play a particular role in the pace at which our body ages?

Telomeres, aging, and water

The eyes of molecular science concerning aging are on telomeres. Recent research has been focused on the impact of water on telomerase activity. The following analysis depicts an excellent example: the control group was of mice -aging specimens. The animals were watered with alkaline supplementation and the rest of them with regular water. After ten months, the researchers examined the blood, bone marrow and ovaries from both groups. In the group were alkaline water was used there was a notable increase in the telomerase activity. It was proven that watering with alkaline water reduces the pace of aging at molecular level.


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Telomeres, aging, and water – how much? What kind?

The same studies concluded that not only water intake affects telomerase activity -but the pH (acidity or alkalinity). Low levels of telomerase, and shorter telomeres are correlated to low pH. Let’s remember that the lower the pH the more acid the element is. Our body thrives in alkalinity. An acidic environment exacerbates shortening telomeres, which trigger cell death. When we drink alkaline water, our body releases antioxidant enzymes capable of stopping the production and tissue accumulation of free radicals into the body. Free radicals damage the DNA and are believed to be the culprits for many ailments such as cancer and accelerated aging.

Several accepted papers show that water alkalinization helps treat and prevent many diseases. Its effect is powerful enough to treat severe conditions such as cancers.

Alkaline water differs from regular water due to a higher pH level than plain tap water. When we drink alkaline water, it neutralizes the acidity in our bloodstream. Many benefits are linked to drinking alkaline water, even the prevention of heart disease and bone mass loss.

How much water?

The amount of water we should drink varies on many factors such as age, weight, height, level of physical activity, and weather. After 24 hours of water deprivation, the body enters a stage where the cells behave like those of aged individuals -according to a study on rats.

Calculating the amount of water we need to thrive and slow the aging process is difficult to determine. There are, however, some helpful recommendations:

The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” states that women should drink 2.7 liters per day; men should drink 3.7 liters. (For people from 19 to 30 years old). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) indicates dietary reference values of 2.0 and 2.5 L of water per day for women and men, respectively.


Quantity and quality matters when it comes to drinkable water. Alkaline water has been linked to many benefits, more recently to telomerase activity and the prevention of senescing and accelerated aging.


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