There’s no good heart condition. Because let’s face it, when you’re talking about your ticker, it’s ALL serious business.
However, some heart issues are a whole lot worse than others. Because as serious as they are, you can often bounce back after a heart attack. Or you can learn to live with (or better yet, reverse) heart disease.
But there’s another heart condition that there’s often no coming back from. And that, of course, is heart failure.
Now, the latest research reveals one small change you can make TODAY that can help ensure your TOMORROW isn’t threatened by this killer.
And frankly, this weird water trick is so simple it’s almost hard to believe it works as well as it does. Well, until you see the science, that is.
Too little water could harm your heart
This solution for dodging heart failure is about as close to a “do nothing” effort as you can possibly think of. Because it’s something, you already do.
In fact, if you ever stopped, you’d literally die in a matter of days. But the odds are, you just don’t do ENOUGH of it.
If you guessed that it’s drinking water, you win the goldfish.
Sipping on some H20 is something which many of us do ONLY when we’re thirsty. But that’s not a great way to approach it. And that’s especially true if you’re a little older.
You see, as we age, our thirst instinct can fade a bit. We often sweat less. and in many cases, hot weather doesn’t feel quite as hot anymore. Plus, sometimes meds we’re taking make us feel chilled or send us running to the bathroom, so we avoid drinking enough water.
The result is we can’t always trust our own instincts to tell us when it’s time to have some water. So we fall short.
That could have some pretty serious consequences for your overall health. But it could have some dire ones for your cardiovascular health as the new study finds too little water can lead to heart failure.
But that means the opposite is also true. When you start drinking more H20, it can help bring your risks right back down again.
STOP heart failure BEFORE it starts
The new study tracked what’s called serum sodium concentration. When you drink less, your body tries to conserve the little water you do have. That, in turn, causes those sodium concentrations to jump.
If it happens once, it’s probably not going to hurt you (unless you go to an extreme). But when it becomes habitual, you’ve got a problem on your hands.
When your levels remain elevated because you’re always falling short on good hydration, it puts your heart at risk. Higher serum sodium concentrations can damage the heart itself, leading to problems such as thicker heart walls, an early warning sign of heart failure.
This study is unique because it tracked serum sodium levels for a VERY long time: 25 years. And over that period, the folks with higher levels overall had a higher risk of heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy.
The study even settled on an ideal level. You’ll want to keep your serum sodium levels below 142 for maximum protection against heart failure and other troubles. For most of us, that means drinking more water.
The rule of thumb is that women should have about six to eight 8-oz glasses of water per day. While guys should have between eight and 12 of them.
One way to ensure you get what you need is to set a timer. Six ounces an hour from 8 am to 8 pm would give you the equivalent of nine 8-oz glasses a day, and you can adjust accordingly from there.
Of course, your heart health isn’t the only reason to drink more water. Check out my earlier report 6 reasons to start your day with lemon water for some more reasons to fill up that glass.