What does hydration have to do with your heart?

A lack of water can lead to lower blood volume causing the heart to beat faster. This leads to increased heart rate and blood pressure which can be dangerous for those with preexisting cardiovascular issues.  Patients over the age of 50 should pay particular attention to their hydration to ensure their heart is not overworked.   Lesson: Drink up.

Water can also help curb your headaches.  Dehydration causes the brain to contract from the skull. This leads to a dehydration headache. Keeping up with your fluid intake will help to relieve this and allow the brain to return to its normal state.

How much water is enough?

Are you wondering how much water you need each day? Use this quick trick to find out.

Bodyweight divided by 2 = the number of ounces/day of water.

Example: If you weigh 160 lbs, your goal is to drink 80 oz/day.

Plan to drink even more on super hot, sweaty days, or when you are sick!