The Power of Clean Drinking Water

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The Power of  Clean Drinking Water

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Did you know that water can lower your risk for many ailments?

Medical experts say getting enough water lowers your risk for a number of unpleasantries.

Here are 6 posing the biggest threat:

  • Blood Clots: Being properly hydrated makes clots less likely and offers some protection against strokes. Dehydration makes it easier for blood clots to form; hence drinking water prevents this process.
  • Heart Disease:  Drinking five glasses of water a day halved the risk of fatal heart disease for men in one large study. This study examined 8,280 male and 12,017 female participants, ages 38 to 100. The principle investigator, Dr. Jacqueline Chan, said, “Not drinking enough water can be as harmful to your heart as smoking.” The degree of benefit from drinking plain water reportedly surpasses drinking a moderate amount of alcohol, taking aspirin, and other preventive measures – with none of the adverse side effects.
  • Kidney Stones: Keeping things diluted helps prevent kidney stones and wards off urinary tract infections. When urine flow slows, acids and minerals are allowed to accumulate and crystallize in the kidney. Drinking enough water keeps your urine clear – which translates to roughly eight to ten glasses of water daily and this prevents the accumulation of minerals. This aqua regimen can also help shake loose existing kidney stones. The average stone takes 3-4 weeks to pass, but drinking plenty of fluids (not booze) can reduce your sentence.
  • Cancer: If you get plenty of water, it may help flush out cancer-causing compounds before they do any harm. In research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the risks of colon cancer were found to be lower when daily consumption of water was higher. The research found that women who drank 5 or more glasses of water daily had a 45% lower risk of colon cancer than women who only drank 2 or fewer glasses. For men, 4 or more glasses of water consumed each day reduced the risk by 32% over men who drank less than a glass per day. Another form of cancer prevention that benefits from additional water consumption is for bladder cancer. Research from Harvard University found that the risk of bladder cancer was reduced by roughly 50% when individuals consumed the equivalent of 6 glasses of water per day in comparison to those who only consumed 1 glass. One last form of cancer prevention that benefits from additional water consumption is for breast cancer. A small research study from the University of Sheffield found that the risk of breast cancer was reduced by almost 70% for women who reported drinking any amount of water as compared to women who only drank other beverages.
  • Mental fuzziness, crankiness and fatigue: Mild dehydration can affect your thinking and mood. In a study at the Jean Mayer USDA Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, researchers found that even mild dehydration can impair your thinking, leave you feeling fatigued and put you in a bad mood. Mild dehydration is defined as a loss of 1-2 percent of your body’s water and is similar to what you may experience in your daily eating habits. The next time you feel a bit tired; try drinking plain water instead of a caffeinated beverage.
  • Excess Weight: Down a couple of glasses before a meal and you’ll consume fewer calories. Brenda Davy, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech and senior author of a new study, says that drinking just two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals helps people melt pounds away.

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