Drinking Water Keeps Blood Pressure in Check

by Tanya Thomas on  July 9, 2010 at 11:12 AM General Health News
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The benefits of drinking water is not just quenching thirst - it can keep you alert and regulate your blood pressure too, says a new study.
 Drinking Water Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
Drinking Water Keeps Blood Pressure in Check

David Robertson, and colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center first observed this property about 10 years ago, in patients who had lost their baroreflexes - the system that keeps blood pressure within a normal range.

Water increases the activity of the sympathetic - fight or flight - nervous system, which raises alertness, blood pressure and energy expenditure.

American Red Cross found in a study, that drinking 16 ounces of water before blood donation reduced the fainting response by 20 percent.

And because it raises sympathetic nervous system activity - and consequently energy expenditure - it does promote weight loss, Robertson said.

The study is reported in the June issue of the journal Hypertension.

Source: ANI

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