Are you drinking enough water to lower your blood pressure naturally?

waterOne of the many benefits of drinking enough water is that it helps to lower blood pressure naturally.

If you do not drink enough water, your body will hold excess sodium from your blood as a way of retaining fluids.

Not drinking enough water also forces your body to shut down its capillary beds, which creates excess pressure on your arteries, hence raising your blood pressure.

So by staying hydrated, you help protect your arteries from excess pressure, and you reduce the risk of water retention and swelling.

Other benefits of drinking enough water include:

  • headacheIncreased energy
  • Improved mental focus
  • Prevent and treat headaches
  • Relieve constipation
  • Help reduce occurrence of kidney stones
  • Help reduce weight
  • Improve endurance during workouts

How much water should I drink to help lower my blood pressure naturally?

old man drinking enough waterWhile the recommended intake of water is eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day, your goal should be twelve 8-ounce glasses or 96 ounces of water per day to help lower your blood pressure naturally.

Do not drink more than 120 ounces of water per day.

Your body can only absorb so much water at a time, so if you are not used to drinking large amounts of water, you should slowly increase how much you drink each day until you reach twelve 8-ounce glasses per day.

Also, you should spread out the water throughout the day. If you drink too much at one time, you can overwork your kidneys and digestive system. High blood pressure, diabetes and stress make your kidneys work harder to filter out toxins from your system, so if you have kidney disease, you should consult with your doctor before increasing your water intake.

Always drink more water when exercising, so that you do not become dehydrated.

How can you tell if your body needs more water?

2 percentYour body will signal you with a feeling of thirst, once it has lost one to two percent of its water content.

If you wait to feel thirsty before you drink, you are already in the early stages of dehydration, so do not ignore this sense of thirst.

One major sign of being thirsty is when you are craving sugars. So before you dig into a bag of chocolate, drink some water first, you may find that you just needed to hydrate.

Other signs of dehydration are:

  • dizzinessFatigue and/or dizziness
  • Foggy thinking and poor concentration
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles
  • Infrequent urination; dark, concentrated urine
  • Bad breath
  • Mood swings
  • Chills
  • Back or joint ache
  • Constipation
  • Headache

If you are experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis, then it is important to start increasing your water intake.

Replacing other beverages with pure water could make a huge difference in your overall health and well being.

sodaSoda, juice, sports and energy drinks and other beverages contain a fair amount of water but do not count toward your daily intake of water.

Many drinks contain high amounts of caffeine which acts as a diuretic and can dehydrate you and as little as one can of soda per day can increase your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.

So if your blood pressure is high and you are having any of the symptoms above, you should try drinking more water and see for yourself the difference it could make.