Your heart supplies your body with the oxygen and nutrients you need to live. In fact, it beats about 75 times a minute and 100,000 times a day.

This powerful organ is a true biological miracle—yet most of us take it for granted. I am sure you have probably heard the bad news about heart health:

“Every 34 seconds someone dies of heart disease!”

The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease is currently the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

6 Controllable Risk Factors

According to the AHA, there are six controllable risk factors that can contribute to the development of heart disease:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. High blood cholesterol 
  3. Smoking
  4. Diabetes
  5. Physical inactivity and obesity
  6. Stress 

Minimizing these risk factors is obviously important in keeping your heart healthy and strong. But let’s take it a step further.

How and when does heart disease begin?

Chronic dehydration is a significant contributor to the onset of heart disease.

Dehydration specifically contributes to the top two risk factors: high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

When your body is fully hydrated, your blood is about 94 percent water. When dehydrated, especially over a long period of time, the blood becomes thicker, which causes resistance to blood flow and raises blood pressure.

In addition, when your body is dehydrated, it will increase the production of cholesterol to prevent further water loss from the cells.

Thus, your body, believing it is in survival mode from a lack of water intake, will essentially use the cholesterol as a plug to seal off the cells from too much water loss. 

Note:  No other beverages will replace the need for plain water in your body. Just be sure the water you drink is filtered of chemical and biological contaminants!