Brain health: Can drinking water help to reduce the chances of dementia?

Wellbeing is a life-long decision and the choices we make now may be vital to our standard of health in old age – and that includes drinking enough water.

There is no doubt genetics plays a large part in our health journey, but as we are told time and time again, lifestyle factors also play a major part.

Now health experts have revealed that those lifestyle choices could potentially cut dementia rates by a third as diagnoses are set to soar 57 per cent by 2040.

Already the leading cause of death in England, dementia is a devastating illness for the sufferer – and their loved ones.

Make lifestyle choices to cut dementia risk

With no cure for Alzheimer’s at present (the most common form of dementia) prevention is key. Medical leaders have released figures showing the nine factors that could play a contributing factor:

  • Mid-life hearing loss
  • Failing to complete secondary education
  • Smoking
  • Failing to seek early treatment for depression
  • Physical inactivity
  • Social isolation
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes

Drinking water plays a major part in good health – supporting exercise, diet and energy levels, all of which play a part in the lifestyle factors linked to dementia.

Not drinking enough water can leave people feeling lethargic and listless, scuppering good intentions to exercise and eat healthily.

There is a knock-on effect here too as exercise is proven to help with depression, increases social interaction (when done in groups), and helps to keep hunger at bay.

A healthy life-style is the sum of all parts and drinking water is a force for good flowing through it.

Use a water filter to cut out contaminants harmful to brain health

As well as the part drinking water plays in adopting a healthy lifestyle to help cut your chances of developing dementia, it pays to be aware of what contaminants could be in your water supply and how you can take steps to protect yourself against potential ill-effects.

The presence of heavy metals in drinking water has been implicated as a problem in neurological illnesses, including dementia.

Heavy metals are not usually found in drinking water but can leach in trough old pipework – the main concerns being lead.

One of the symptoms of heavy metal poisoning is a decline in brain function, in severe cases this can lead to deteriorating dementia.

Drinking filtered water will maximise efforts to live a healthier life. Doulton Filters provide high efficiency 99.99% plus filtration of bacteria, cysts and particles.**

How can drinking water help to cut your chances of developing dementia?

Drinking water is vital for sustaining brain health. It helps to transport blood and nutrients around the body, including to the brain, which it also provides with oxygen.

The brain needs water to function, it plays a vital part in the way brain cells work and helps to remove toxins. If the body starts to become dehydrated it affects how well brain cells function. In the case of long-term dehydration this can even age the brain.

Dehydration can cause symptoms similar to those of dementia, including memory loss, confusion and depression.

Taking 30 minutes of exercise every day, drinking water and eating healthily are easy measures people can take to protect their health as they age.

The majority of people who suffer from dementia are aged over 65, and making changes now could mean a huge difference in the health you enjoy during retirement.

Drink to your own health with a glass of filtered water and take steps to cut your chance of developing dementia.

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