In the past I’ve let you know how important it is to drink plenty of water (even if it means making a couple more trips to the bathroom each day). This is not as easy as it may seem. As we age, we don’t always feel thirsty when we need water. We also forget to do it. And finally, drinking water is kind of boring.
This all adds up to not drinking enough water for many of us. And that’s a shame because water helps your circulation, creates saliva, helps digest your food, helps maintain body temperature and moves nutrients around to where they should be. It can also lower your calorie intake and reduce your weight, energize your muscles, make your skin look better, help your kidneys function properly, and help your bowels function normally.
Well, now there’s another very important reason to drink more water. A new study is linking dehydration to greater damage from a stroke. The study determined that people who are not well-hydrated when they suffer a stroke are four times more likely to experience a worse outcome than people who have had more fluids. One possible reason is that blood tends to thicken when the blood contains less water, and thicker blood flows more slowly to where it is needed.
If you think you’re immune from a stroke, think again. Nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with nearly 130,000 of them dying from it.
They say that eight glasses of water a day is a healthy amount. Do you keep an eye on the amount of water you drink each day? If not, maybe this is a good time to start. Please let me know what you think about this.