How Important is Drinking Water for Blood Pressure?
Written by Eli Ben-YehudaOn February 3, 2019
We Are 60% Water
As August begins, so begins usually the hottest month of the year. It is very important that we keep well hydrated. Not with sodas, or caffeinated beverages, but good old plain water.
When it comes to keeping our blood pressure low we hardly think of how important drinking water is. Is the rule of 8-8 ounce glasses a water a day sufficient? Watch this weeks video to learn more.
How Water Helps You
Drinking fresh water keeps you hydrated and full, helping with weight loss. When you substitute water for sugary drinks or those that contain sodium, you lower your calorie intake and your daily salt intake. Cutting excess calories leads to weight loss and even a modest 10 lbs. weight loss can lower your blood pressure, according to PubMed Health. Choosing water instead of tea or coffee eliminates the pounding heartbeat you can get after ingesting caffeine. A vasoconstrictor, caffeine results in narrowed blood vessels and can thus increase your blood pressure temporarily.
Water & Blood Pressure
How does drinking water lower blood pressure? Normal blood pressure is the main benefit of drinking water. Although drinking water lowers blood pressure, it can also increase blood pressure to help maintain proper levels.
In a study published in AHA journal in 2010, researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Autonomic Dysfunction Center reported on water’s potent blood pressure-raising effect in patients with autonomic nervous system failure.
Keep in mind that low blood pressure is among the symptoms associated with autonomic dysfunction.
On average, 16 ounces of tap water had increased blood pressure by 40 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) in autonomic failure patients. Blood pressure had started to increase within two to three minutes of water consumption.
There would then be a rapid increase over the next 15 minutes, before a blood pressure reduction after about an hour. Drinking water at the 60-minute mark led to blood pressure being sustained for another hour.
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