There has been a steady rise in the number of people having heart disease – says new studies. Heart disease has been on the rise especially with the current generation of children as they are the ones that fail to outlive their parents. The two critical factors of heart disease are high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These can be caused by any number of other factors like genetics, being overweight or unhealthy eating habits.
So how are we going to get rid of cholesterol and high blood pressure? Good news is that these factors can be minimized by drinking water. Yes, one of the benefits of drinking water is that your blood pressure is normalized. In fact, staying adequately hydrated is one of the simplest ways to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol naturally.
If you don’t drink enough water, it can affect your blood pressure in two ways. First, when you dont drink enough water your body attempts to secure its fluid supply by retaining sodium. Sodium is your body’s water insurance mechanism.
Secondly, dehydration forces your body to gradually and systematically close down some of the capillary beds. When some capillary beds are shut down, it means more pressure in the pipes, thus elevating your blood pressure.
Low water intake leads to dehydration, which develops a variety of health problems. Along with dehydration, your body increases the production of cholesterol to keep cell membranes moist and pliable.
So one of the best ways to lower your blood pressure naturally is by drinking water.
Water for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
To get the maximum health benefits, it is recommended that you drink 8 to 10 ounce glasses of water per day. Also make sure to drink more water when you exercise. You lose water through sweat. So to get the full benefits, you need to hydrate well before during and after exercise.
Drinking too much water can also affect your kidneys and digestive system. Your body is like a sponge and can only absorb water at a limited rate. Each time you drink water, your body requires some time to adapt to your new level of water intake and become fully hydrated. Hypertension, stress and diabetes can leave your kidneys in a weakened state.
Water intake naturally thins the blood, which makes it easier to travel through arteries and blood vessels. Therefore it transports nutrients and food through these passageways, many of which act as cleaners to the bloodstream. In short, the more water you drink, the more healthier you will be.
Originally posted 2013-02-11 00:50:37.