Drinking more water may reduce your risk of a heart attack by 50 percent, according to Dr. Jonny Bowden, PHD, CNS. And it’s critical for your heart health.
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. When you’re well hydrated it takes the stress off of your heart.
Being dehydrated is a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke
Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid through sweating, illness, fever or urination than you consume in food and water. Those most at risk are the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, children and athletes. Dehydration negatively affects organs and bodily functions, including the heart and cardiovascular system.
Here are some more tips to keep your heart healthy:
Do 10 minutes of stretching in the morning. Research shows that adults who stretch have 30% less stiffness in their arteries – a key factor in preventing a heart attack.
Take a brisk 20-minute walk. Studies show walking briskly for 20 minutes a day may lower your risk for a heart attack by 30%.
Here are some tips to reduce stress:
Stress can take a toll on your heart, such as raising your blood pressure. People who are stressed and depressed are 3 times more likely to suffer a heart attack. Studies also show that people who feel loved and supported are less likely to get sick and die prematurely.
Add 3 servings of fruit to your diet every day. The powerful antioxidants in fruit help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
Increase your water intake and make it the best water on the planet.
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