While others you may know may run to the pharmacist to fill their blood pressure prescriptions, research is showing that proper water intake can do much to regulate blood pressure. See today’s excerpt.
When you think about water and blood pressure the link between dehydration and low blood pressure probably comes to mind. Dehydration is a potential cause of low blood pressure (hypotension) due to resulting decreased blood volume leading to reduced pressure against artery walls.
However, did you know not drinking enough water can lead to high blood pressure? When you do not drink adequate water the body will compensate by retaining sodium. That should be a red flag. Sodium is directly related to high blood pressure.
While this sodium retention takes place, the persistent dehydration will lead the body to gradually ‘close’ some of the capillary beds. This leads to increased pressure places on arteries and a rise in blood pressure.
Source: “High Blood Pressure and Water Intake.” By Lisa Nelson. http://www.healthcentral.com