Now that the hot weather is upon us in most parts of the country, make sure you stay hydrated with good, clean water. It’s so easy to forget to drink up or to substitute soda, coffee drinks or sweet tea for water as we race from appointment to appointment. But water, nutritionists preach, can help keep a lot of the problems that tend to plague African Americans in check.
The dehydrated body has a harder time keeping blood flowing properly which can up your blood pressure.
The dehydrated body creates more cholesterol to keep cells from losing water. Livestrong explains it like this: “When cells become dehydrated, the cell walls thicken to preserve fluid balance. In the process, cholesterol production is increased, and more cholesterol is released into the circulatory system.”
The dehydrated body has a harder time keeping joints lubricated with water and the result can be stiffness and pain in knees and fingers.
The typical human loses about 10 cups of water each day just from normal sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. Replace those lost 5 pints with clean water. Other problems caused by dehydration include food cravings for sweets (something you don’t need if you are trying to keep your weight in check), dry skin and bad breath. You can also get muscle cramps and headaches.
African Americans have high blood pressure and high cholesterol in disproportionate numbers. We are also more likely to be obese than Whites and Asians.
Drinking water is an easy tool in helping you and your aging body — or that of your elderly loved ones — stay healthy. Do it.