At each age, its type of water! Discover today the one that meets your needs once past the age of fifty.
One of the essential daily actions is to drink water regularly. But which is the one that best matches your needs past 50? Medisite answers you, with the help of Dr Xavier Ballongue.
The different types of water
Before getting to the heart of the matter, let’s take a look at the differences between spring water, mineral water and tap water … because not all have the same virtues.
Tap water comes from rivers, canals, lakes and groundwater. It is treated and without risk to health. For this, very precise standards have been defined. They relate to pmicrobiological, chemical and radiological arameters which set the levels not to be exceeded in harmful substances that may be present in the water.
Natural mineral waters
Natural mineral water is water exclusively of underground origin, collected either at a source or by drilling. Pure and having a perfectly mineral composition stable, it is not subjected to any chemical treatment or disinfection before bottling or thermal use.
Its benefits, recognized by the Academy of Medicine, depend on the composition of the water. Indeed, natural mineral waters contain various trace elements such as silica, fluorine, zinc, copper …
They are distributed as follows:
The “calcic” mineral waters (more than 150 mg / liter of calcium) which in particular help to solidify the bones. The bicarbonate mineral waters (bicarbonate content greater than 600 mg / liter) which improve digestion. The waters rich in magnesium, like Hepar, (more than 50 mg / liter of magnesium) which are recommended for transient constipation in pregnant women, children and the elderly.
To remember : mineral waters are sometimes very strongly mineralized. In fact, the body only assimilates a few minerals contained in water. The surplus is eliminated by reins. This is why it is essential to vary the waters and not to consume only strongly mineralized waters (unless your doctor has advised you).
The spring waters come from underground water tables located in all regions of France, and are subject to the same regulations as tap water. Microbiologically healthy, they must be bottled to the source.
Unlike mineral water, spring water does not have to meet a minimum content of mineral salts. This is the reason why they can sometimes be recommended for the preparation of baby bottles.
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Bottle label: how to decipher it?
Here is the important information to read on a label.
The origin of the source; The type of water (still, sparkling, etc.); The retention date; The table analyzes; Any recommendations for consumption, in particular for infants or for people following a special diet. To note : the level of nitrates in bottled water must not exceed 50 mg / l (standard in accordance with European regulations).
The body’s needs after 50 years
Calcium deficiency: beware of fragile bones!
The bone loss and the weakening of the skeleton are problems that arise with age.
Indeed, according to the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, the number of fractures of the upper end of the femur to more than 50,000 per year. They occur mainly in postmenopausal women. But what are the causes?
According to several studies, osteoporosis, a disease characterized by a decrease in the bone density, is the main factor promoting fractures and vertebral compression.
This disease is favored by deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D. The the elderly, suffering from malnutrition or only rarely benefiting from sun exposure, are more particularly affected.
To prevent these risks, a calcium intake is essential: a senior must consume, on average, 1200 mg of calcium per day and 600 to 800 IU of vitamin D. Of course, this dosage should be adapted depending on the needs of the person, but also the season.
Increasing your calcium intake is also possible via power : it suffices to favor certain foods / spices (thyme, parmesan, cinnamon, emmental, Comté …).
Magnesium: a mineral to remember
In addition to calcium, another mineral is essential for the good health of seniors: it is magnesium.
Seniors should consume it daily 480 mg (against 330 mg in adolescents and women, editor’s note).
The strengths of this mineral? He warns cardiovascular risks, is involved in the body’s defense mechanisms and helps calcium to attach to the bones.
What water to drink after 50 years?
Beyond 50 years, the body has other needs. In terms of food, but also in terms of water.
So what to drink past 50 years ? We asked the question to Xavier Ballongue, general practitioner.
“From the age of 50, you should not consume one water, but several. You have to alternate between plain water and mineralized water, for their richness in magnesium and calcium”, explains Dr Ballongue.
Another important point: the water consumed must be adapted to health needs of each one. In other words, by taking into account its general form (fatigue …) and its potential diseases (hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis …).
So if you are prone to fractures, drink calcium-rich water can be interesting. Indeed the risk of fracture decreases significantly in seniors with calcium intakes. regular.
In case fragile bones, therefore prefer magnesian waters (containing more than 50 mg of magnesium per liter, editor’s note) like Hepar or Quezac.
“People who have renal colic and urinary stones should also be sure to drink specific waters, such as Hepar. But before setting their sights on water, they should seek advice from their doctor to determine which water is best for their health, adds the expert.