February is National Heart Health Month and keeping your ticker fully hydrated is a really easy way to show your own heart some love. You heart works really hard, beating over 100,000 x/s a day! The least you can do is sip on some H2O to literally take the pressure off.
According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra staying adequately hydrated is one of the simplest ways to lower your blood pressure naturally. Water intake affects blood pressure in two ways. First, when you don’t drink enough water your body attempts to secure its fluid supply by retaining sodium. Sodium is your body’s “water-insurance mechanism.”At the same time, dehydration forces your body to gradually and systematically close down some of its capillary beds. When some capillary beds shut down, it puts more pressure in the “pipes”—your capillaries and arteries—elevating your blood pressure. So, one of the best ways to lower your blood pressure naturally is by staying well-hydrated.
How much do you need?
8, 8oz glasses each day should do it. Drink more when you exercise, drink coffee or alcohol. If you really want to show your heart some love hydrate with added electrolytes like magnesium and potassium. Whole Foods brand is very reasonably prices or try some Smart Water. You can also make your own version by adding a cap-full of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to your water first thing in the morning or after a workout.
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