Best Drinking Habit For Your Heart

According to a study done by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the best drinking habit for your heart is good hydration.The research showed that staying

well-hydrated may be associated with a reduced risk of developing heart failure. The new discovery also suggests that drinking a sufficient amount of fluids throughout your life

not only supports essential body functioning, but may also reduce the risk of severe heart problems in the future.According to lead author Natalia Dmitrieva, PhD,

staying well hydrated similar to reducing salt intake in the sense that they both support your heart and help reduce long-term risks for heart disease.In the study,preclinical research was conducted

and suggested connection between dehydration and cardiac fibrosis–a hardening of the heart muscles.Dmitrieva as well as other researchers looked for similar associations in

Large-scale population studies.To start,they analyzed data from more than 15000 adults between the ages of 45 and 66,who enrolled in Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study between 1987 and 1989

They shared this data from medical visits over a 25-year period.From this information, the authors concluded blood sodium levels were above 142 milliequivalents per liter in middle age are associated

with increased risks of developing left ventricular hypertrophy–a thickening of the wall of the heart's main pumping chamber–and heart failure later in life.

Although the researchers said a randomized, controlled trial will be needed in order to confirm these preliminary findings, these early associations suggest good hydration may help prevent

or slow the progression of changes within the heart that can lead to heart failure.