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 How much water should you drink if you have high blood pressure

We Are 60% Water

Several people forget to drink adequate amounts of water, especially during the cold winter months. But it is very important that we keep well hydrated all year round. Not with sodas, or caffeinated beverages, but with 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 of water a day sufficient? Watch this week's video to learn more.

What Water Can Do for You

You can lose weight by staying hydrated and satisfied by drinking fresh water. The daily salt & calorie intake are reduced when you drink water instead of sugary or sodium-containing beverages. According to PubMed Health, reduced calorie intake causes weight loss, and even a little 10 lb. weight loss can lower blood pressure. You won't experience the racing heart after consuming caffeine if you opt for water rather than tea or coffee. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which causes the blood vessels in your body to constrict and briefly raises your blood pressure.

Blood Pressure & Water

How well does water consumption reduce blood pressure? The most significant advantage of drinkable water is normal blood pressure. Water consumption reduces blood pressure, but it could also raise blood pressure in order to keep it at healthy levels.

Scientists at Vanderbilt University's Autonomic Dysfunction Center reported on water's powerful ability to raise blood pressure in patients having an autonomic nervous failure in a study that was published in the AHA journal in 2010.

Please remember that one of the signs of autonomic dysfunction is low blood pressure.

In patients with autonomic failure, 16 ounces of tap water raised blood pressure by an average of 6.4 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). After drinking the water, blood pressure started to rise for two to three minutes later.

After that, there would have been a quick rise over the following 15 minutes, followed by a drop in blood pressure after roughly an hour. When water was consumed after 60 minutes, blood pressure remained stable for an additional hour.



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