Staying Hydrated Protects Your Heart
“Drink water! Drink more water!” You’ve
heard this advice a few hundred times
before, right? But you probably think of
hydration in terms of preventing heat
stroke, controlling your appetite, or
promoting clear skin. All of these things are true, but did you know that adequate
hydration is also essential to protect your heart?
When you’re dehydrated, your heart has to work much harder to do its job. Your overall
blood volume decreases (because it is mostly composed of water in the first place) and
your heart over-compensates by beating harder and faster. This is why dizziness and
weakness are sometimes signs of dehydration. Giving your heart a workout during
exercise is a good idea; over-working it 24-7 due to chronic dehydration is a very bad idea.
Over time this constant strain can damage your heart.
So, how much water do you need?
You’ve probably heard the old rule, that you should drink eight glasses of water each day.
That’s a good starting point, but that number is really just an average. Your hydration
needs depend on a variety of factors, such as your body size, the weather, your exercise
habits, and even the clothing you wear.
Some people perspire more than others, both during exercise and while sitting still. Those
people need to replace the lost fluids, and therefore need to drink more water than the
average person. Those who suffer certain chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart
disease, or cystic fibrosis must take extra caution toward hydration. And, if you take any
medications that act as diuretics, you need to replace those lost fluids regularly.
If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So don’t rely on thirst as a reliable indicator!
Instead, monitor your urine; clear to light yellow is good, while dark yellow means you’re
short on fluids.
What is the best source of fluids?
Drinks that contain added sugar tend to be bad for you, and those with caffeine can
actually act as a diuretic and remove fluids from your body. Fruits and vegetables will
supply some of the water you need, but you should mostly rely on actual H20. You can
certainly flavor it with a splash of fruit juice, make a fruit infusion, or add a sugar-free
flavored sweetener if you wish. But however you drink it, water should be your main
source of fluids.
All water is not created equal. It’s also important to ensure that the water you drink is
actually available to your cells. The i-H2O Activation System from GIA Wellness, transforms
ordinary filtered water into ultra-hydrating, “intelligent water” that easily enters the cells
and removes toxins.
Visit here for more about the iH20 Activation System and how you could benefit from
being truly hydrated.
Source: iFit Zone Team