New research shows that drinking plenty of water can be the secret key to having a healthy heart.

The study was conducted with a number of adults between the ages of 44 and 66. It continued for 25 years to catalog the long-term effects of water intake on heart health. The research suggested that middle-aged adults can greatly lower their risk of heart failure by drinking plenty of water. Furthermore, not getting enough water on a daily basis caused elevated blood pressure and undermined the cellular integrity of the heart muscle.

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Study author Natalia Dmitrieva, a senior researcher with the U.S. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, said, “The importance of hydration has been on the cardiovascular radar for a long time.”

Water can help to prevent heart failure because it has an effect on the body’s balance of sodium, hormone levels, and kidney function – all things that can impact heart health long-term.

This research helped to indicate how much middle-aged adults should drink to maintain better sodium balance in their bodies, which could help physicians better instruct their middle-aged patients.

Natalia Dmitrieva said, “Recommendations vary in different countries. With the Institute of Medicine in the United States recommending a liquid intake at just under 3.2 quarts for men, and just over 2 quarts for women.”

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This is just more evidence of the importance of drinking enough water on a daily basis, for middle-aged adults as well as everyone else.

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