The Effect of Water on Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
A guest post from Patrick Rafferty, a consultant for Pure Water Technology of South Louisiana.
Americans are living longer and longer every year. With the advent of new medicine and better practices, the human life span has surpassed even the wildest imaginations from just a century ago. We’re not in the clear, though. Not by a long shot.
America has a new epidemic on its hands, one that could reverse the trend of longer living. Heart disease has surpassed every other malicious disease or human act when it comes to death in America. As a result, the current generation of children could be the first one in human history that fails to outlive their parents. This trend can be prevented by changing the culture of overeating as well as a few other tips and tricks, such as water consumption.
The two biggest factors of heart disease are high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These can be caused by any number of factors, including genetics, being overweight or simply not eating the right types of food.
Let’s start with cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association, one in five Americans suffer from high cholesterol. This waxy, fatty substance is naturally produced by the liver, but also contained in the food we eat. Most “bad” cholesterol, or LDLs, comes from fatty foods, mainly animal fats. High cholesterol can reduce blood flow, which provides less oxygen to the rest of the body, and ultimately the heart.
Water can play a huge part in lowering cholesterol through a number of means. Water consumption naturally thins the blood, which makes it easier to travel through arteries and blood vessels. Furthermore, it transports nutrients and food through these passageways, many of which act as cleaners to the bloodstream. Also, since exercise is essential in reducing cholesterol, water is needed in replenishing any lost water from regular activity.
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, refers to the force of blood pushing against artery walls as it makes its way through body. Just like cholesterol, high blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and lead to life-threatening illness, such as a stroke. High blood pressure can be lowered through factors such as quitting smoking, drinking alcohol or overeating. Salt consumption can also lead to high blood pressure.
The good news is that these factors can all be remedied by steady and high water consumption. For instance, salt can get flushed out of the body with a high water intake, and water consumption can reduce cravings that can lead to overeating. On the other hand, dehydration can lead to crucial organs, such as the kidneys, which clean the blood, to not work properly or even fail. When the kidneys aren’t working optimally, arteries and blood vessels become restricted, which raise blood pressure even more. Therefore, water consumption is crucial for reducing high blood pressure.
Long story short, the more water you drink the healthier you will be. Water isn’t objective, though. The higher quality the water is, the more bang for your buck you will get out of your consumption. Bottled water or a water cooler dispenser can purify your water and incentivize you to drink more. Having said that, tap water is better than no water, so whatever does the trick is optimal.