Each day our hearts supply our bodies with the nutrients and oxygen we need to live and breath. Unfortunately, someone dies from heart disease every 34 seconds. Heart health is very important, because according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women, in the United States.
Among the risk actors for heart disease, is dehydration. In addition to eating a healthy diet, and exercising, there is another simple way to keep your ticker in tip top shape. Research has proven that drinking water is important for cardiovascular health.
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicates, that who individuals who drink 5 or more glasses of water a day, have a much lower risk, or coronary heart disease, than those who drink 2 or less glasses of H20 on a daily basis.
As a teenager I was told that all the liquids we drink each day counted towards the 8 glasses of water that recommended. I know people who will say they drank several cups of coffee, or glasses of tea or juice each day, but only a little or no water. The research however indicated that those who drank 5 or more glasses of other liquids, did not decrease their risk of dying, as did those who drank lots of water..
Although water has no taste, or nutritional value, we should consider it as a much needed nutrient. Chronic dehydration has been shown to increase risk of high cholesterol and raise blood pressure. This causes e to reflect on the any people I know who died suddenly from a heart attack. I have to wonder how much water they were drinking every day.
Making water your last drink of the night may prevent you from having a heart attack while you sleep. Studies indicate that drinking water just before bedtime keeps our body well hydrated through the night. dehydration puts stress on the heart, and causes it to work harder. Drinking water will help your heart function properly while you sleep.
My wife and I have made it a point, to keep bottled water by our bedsides. If we wake during the night, we take a sip. we also make water the first drink of the day. We believe drinking water is one of the reasons neither of us have had a heart attack, even though we both have a few other risk factors we are working on.