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Elderly Need to Drink More Water

Dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization among people over the age of 65.

An article in Nurse Practitioner concluded that "Dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte disturbance among the elderly population today."

Water is important to all bodily processes say medical experts. Water carries nutrients, hormones, and disease fighting cells and antibodies to and from body organs through the bloodstream. Water carries carbon dioxide and waste products to the lungs, intestinal tract and kidneys to be excreted.

Celery Lowers Blood Pressure

Eating celery regularly can control high blood pressure without the use of drugs according to China's Hunan Hemotological Research Center.

Celery contains a naturally occurring chemical called "apigenin" which has been shown to dilate the blood vessels and contribute to preventing high blood pressure. Celery also contains very small amounts of a chemical in called 3- n-butylphtalide (3nb) which lowers blood pressure by relaxing the smooth muscles that line the blood vessels.

3nb also lowers the level of stress hormones called catacholamines.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Substances in green tea known as catechins have been proven to be effective against many serious diseases.

In experiments with rats green tea catechin restricts the excessive buildup of blood cholesterol.

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