Staying Hydrated Protects Your Heart

February 15, 2018


“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





Bonnie Ellen


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