Heart Attack and Water
After being asked by someone, I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Imagine my surprise when this simple question led to a heart attack discussion!
Answer from my Cardiac Doctor
Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
- 2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs.
- 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.
- 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower blood pressure.
- 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack.
We can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent not only a heart attack, but night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
So here you have even more reasons to drink water! If you find water bland, which many of us do, try flavoring it or purchasing it flavored. Two of our favorites are available on Amazon – where we come from we can’t find these in stores, but you could also check locally for these brands.
TalkingRain Sparkling ICE Black Raspberry, 17-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12) is a lightly carbonated water (gives the feeling of drinking soda) and contains vitamins and antioxidants. Enhanced artesian spring water is made with natural flavors. Zero calories and zero carbohydrates. Comes in Black Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade and Orange Mango.
Sparkling ICE Spring Water is also Artesian spring water containing 3 percent fruit juice, is lightly carbonated and is enhanced with vitamins and antioxidants. Zero calories and carbs. The Pink Grapefruit also contains Green Tea Extract!
Flavors include Pink Grapefruit, Black Raspberry and Orange Mango and Kiwi Strawberry. Sparkling Ice also offers spring water in Pomegranate Blueberry, Coconut Pineapple and Lemon Lime.
And … neither of the above have that nasty diet-soda after taste, either!