We all want healthy hearts. There are many things that help you to retain the strength in your heart muscle as you age. Exercise, sleep, a healthy diet, and stress management are all key factors to heart health. Another factor, maybe somewhat overlooked as it relates to your heart health, is hydration.
We know how important getting adequate water is to our physical health in areas like staying hydrated and purifying toxins from our bodies, but how much do you know about the impact of water intake on your heart?
Proper hydration has several benefits for heart health, including:
Regulating blood volume
Adequate hydration helps to maintain the proper volume of blood (the total amount of fluid circulation in your veins, arteries, etc.), which is essential for the heart to pump effectively.
Reducing blood viscosity
Dehydration causes the blood to become thicker and more viscous, making it harder for the heart to pump.
Lowering blood pressure
Proper hydration can help to lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and reducing the strain on the heart.
Preventing heart attacks
Dehydration can increase the risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks. Proper hydration can help to prevent blood clots by thinning the blood.
Supporting heart function
Hydration is essential for the proper functioning of all the body’s organs, including the heart. When the body is dehydrated, it can put a strain on the heart and reduce its ability to function effectively.
How much should you be drinking?
A general rule of thumb used to establish your hydration goal is to take your body weight and divide it in half. Drink that many ounces of water per day. While water is the best option, other fluids do count towards your total number of ounces. Be careful to stay away from drinks high in sugar as they can have a negative effect on your health. By drinking enough water and fluids and consuming foods with high water content, people can help to maintain proper hydration levels and support their heart health.
Alternative hydration options for a healthy heart
At Visionary Wellness & Imaging we want to help you reach all your health goals. For a quick boost of fluid intake, consider IV therapy from time to time. IV therapy is a quick and effective way of delivering fluids into the body intravenously. These fluids can contain beneficial vitamins, minerals, and medications specific to your needs. Delivered via an IV drip, this allows fluids to move more quickly through the bloodstream in comparison to oral administration.
IV therapies are always administered by a healthcare professional. There are many reasons why IV therapies are useful. Whether it be dehydration or symptoms related to an illness, like the common cold, flu, morning sickness, or even a hangover. IV therapies focus their services on health, beauty, and wellness. Depending on the category chosen, there are pre-crafted IV therapy bags that can help you with a specific need. You can learn more about IV Therapy and the many benefits it offers here. We are proud to offer IV Therapy services on-site at Visionary Wellness & Imaging.