Day 1: Drink Water for your Heart
Drink Up: Water and Your Heart
Think about it. Your blood is like water. The more hydrated you are, the better your heart can help pump blood through the blood vessels to all of your organs and muscles. Hydration means that your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.
How Much Water is Enough?
The standard ‘8 ounces, 8 times a day’ is only a general recommendation. Being outside in the heat, exercising, certain medications or illness increase your need for hydration. As we age, there can be a tendency to be less thirsty, but we still need the same amount of fluids. One way to know if you’re getting enough water is if your urine is pale yellow. Darker yellow indicates that you may need more fluids. (However, please talk with your doctor, as some heart conditions require limited fluid intake.)
Tips for Getting Plenty of Fluids
- Take a travel bottle of water with you when you get in the car to run errands.
- Keep a glass of water available for drinking throughout the day at work or school.
- Ask for water when eating out – and drink it. Add a slice of lemon or lime if that makes it more appealing for you.
- Drink the entire glass of water when taking a pill or vitamins.
- Drink water before and after exercise or going for a walk, especially if it’s hot outside.
- Consume water earlier in the day rather than at night to avoid many trips to the bathroom.
- Remember that fruits and vegetables are a good source of water (and vitamins).
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