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 a 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!
We all know you need your minimum water intake to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was interesting. That led to too much water retention being connected to heart attack.
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… The 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.