Many people turn to expensive medications and health supplements to prevent heart attacks. But at the same time, they neglect the simplest and possibly most effective means of improving their heart health: Drinking alkaline water. Why alkaline water? According to Water, Other Fluids, and Fatal Coronary Heart Disease, a large study conducted on the causes of heart attacks, as little as 2% dehydration will dramatically increase your risk for heart failure.
The study tracked 20,297 volunteers aged 38 -100 for six years and compared rates of coronary heart disease between people who drank very little water (2 glasses a day or less) and people who drank a lot of water (5 or more glasses per day). Researchers found that people who drank very little water had roughly twice as much risk of heart disease than those who drank lots of water. A second study, called Hard Water and the Heart, suggests that there is a link between your heart health, and the pH of the water you drink. Researchers found that the higher the pH of the water you drink, the greater the protective effect it has on your arteries.
How Dehydration Causes Heart Attacks
Researchers in the study determined that blood viscosity – a measure of how thick the blood is – has a significant effect on problems associated with heart diseases such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Hypertension (high blood pressure) and intermittent reduction or loss of blood supply to the legs.
Blood viscosity is elevated by dehydration according to the study, researchers noted previous studies that show that dehydration causes an increase in the concentration of red blood cells and an increase in fibrinogen – substances that cause blood clotting. The study concludes that increased blood viscosity, coupled with restrictions in blood flow caused by the buildup of cholesterol deposits in the arteries would combine to restrict blood flow to the heart.
Alkaline Water Hydrates Best
According to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, alkaline water is better than plain water for hydration. The study compared people given alkaline water with a control group that drank plain water. Researchers compared the acid-base balance – measured by testing both blood and urine samples – and the hydration levels of both groups and determined that the alkaline water group showed improvements in acid-base balance levels, and hydration levels. The control group, which drank plain water showed no improvement in acid-base levels, nor any improvements in hydration.
Based on the clinical results gathered in the study, researchers concluded: “habitual consumption of alkaline water may be a valuable nutritional vector for influencing both acid-base balance and hydration status in healthy adults.”
The more alkaline the water, the greater the protective effect on the arteries
That’s the conclusion reached in Hard Water and the Heart, a study the looked at the effect of mineral content in the water on heart health. The study found that people who drank soft water – had a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease than people who drank hard water with an alkaline pH.
Soft water lacks minerals, and you need to get minerals from the water you drink for good heart health. The World Health Organization recommends that you get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium) from the water you drink. Hard water is mineral-rich, but it can be hard for your body to absorb the minerals from it if it’s pH isn’t high enough. To be good for heart health, your water must be mineral rich, and it needs to have a healthy pH balance.
The Best Source of Alkaline Water for Heart Health
Improving your heart health is a marathon, not a sprint. To gain the benefits of alkaline water, you need to drink it every day – for the rest of your life. In fact, you need to be drinking 2 – 3 liters of it on a daily basis. A water ionizer is the best source of alkaline water, because it is the healthiest and cheapest source of alkaline water over the long term. If you drink 2 – 3 liters per day of bottled alkaline water, you will pay around $200 per month. You can finance a water ionizer – and get more alkaline water – for a lot less than that!
Bottled alkaline water has other shortcomings as well. Most brands are not antioxidant alkaline waters, so there’s no antioxidant benefit from drinking them. Plus, plastic bottles will leach chemicals like BPA, phthalates, and antimony. The longer the water sits in the bottle, the more of those carcinogens the water is going to absorb. A water ionizer is the cleanest and most pure source of alkaline water available.
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