Can water help lower high cholesterol?
Can water help lower high cholesterol? This journey of retirement has taken on a life of discovery.
Health care costs have been continuing to rise. So has awareness of the importance of staying healthy.
This seems the only way to control health care costs. Stay healthy so that you do not need health care. This seems a better way for me to control these rising health care costs during retirement.
So I returned to the book by Dr. F. Batmanghrlidj, M D. Continuing my efforts to find out more about the benefits of drinking enough water. Find out more about the many purposes of water in our systems.
After all, water is not expensive, and I already know I like water.
The internet has many sources to start research.
There I discovered this information about the higher cholesterol readings. The test results that will cause your physician to prescribe medication for you.
I have seen these medications advertised on T V. When a drug makes the drug companies enough money to pay for ads on T V? You know they are proven profit makers!
You see those ads, don’t you? The ones that suggest Lipitor or Crestor. They can’t afford to advertise a drug that has a low-profit margin.
(Just a reminder- When you see an advertisement on T V or in a magazine, you are becoming more comfortable with this drug. You are more willing to accept the Dr.’s recommendation for you. You will have heard of this drug)
Remember this is a drug for a condition that has some flexibility in deciding when a medication should be used. In all probability, the drug company has supplied the guide for test results that your Dr. uses for this.
How to get the results
Blood tests show when there is an elevated amount of fat in your blood. Your numbers are compared to others.
Where did the numbers used for comparison come from?
What is normal for you? Have you ever had this test done before?
Did your Dr. check online with more test results? Did he/she take the time to evaluate your family history in this diagnosis?
Is this the only drug that can recommend? Did you get the “we will try this prescription and see if the results are improved in 6 months.” As in a large amount of the medical practice, there is still the idea that this might or might not help.
This condition has markers that are hard to actually define. The markers that indicate you may need that medication.
What are the health parameters for this condition? What is considered a “higher” risk, a “dangerous” risk, or just a “raised” fat count in your blood condition? This makes it hard for a layman to actually evaluate the need.
So you must trust your Dr. to guide you correctly. Often the Dr. has a desire to make you feel better. This may cause him/her to prescribe a medication with a “what can it hurt” attitude.
You as a patient assume that taking a medication is the only way you can cope with this new found issue.
So what can you do?
When the body is completely out of whack, yes, this may be the best solution for you.
However, this will, in turn, affect your overall drug costs.
What does all the fine print say about its side effects? Are you sure you are not “trading daylight for dark” as the old saying goes?
Take responsibility for your health.
There are so many questions when you accept some of the responsibility for your health condition. Then there are the costs you are concerned about.
So, yes I am interested in what this drug does, how it works and what to expect.
I do not need this drug yet.
I do have had an “elevated” reading result from a number of tests I had done in a recent check-up.
So could there be a recommendation for medication in my future?
Well, yes there could well be.
How does cholesterol work?
So back to how does cholesterol work in your body?
What does it do? Is there anything you can do to make your body work better?
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, and his research team, a higher in your blood tests results indicates that your body is reacting.
So what is your body reacting too? This concentration of cholesterol in your blood is your bodies way of survival. At least surviving in a state of dehydration.
A simple description how cholesterol works.
Your body is making a natural clay.
The purpose of cholesterol in our body is to produce this “clay” substance to keep water in the cell of your body. When a normal condition of hydration the balance is maintained. (When you are drinking enough water every day.)
Each cell is getting the water it needs.
Without enough water in your body? The cell will try to hold on to what water it has. Your cells will produce more cholesterol to try and hold the water.
Each one of your body’s cells needs water to survive.
The need for water
Without water, the cell dies and can no longer function. So the cholesterol’s job in our cells? It is for slowing the release of the water to your blood. Your blood must flow through the channels in your body at a certain rate.
Water is the fluid needed for the blood to be able to flow through your body.
Then your blood must flow through your body to perform the various chores it has to do to keep you healthy.
When there is enough water in your system?
Enough to allow the cells to retain the water they need and still share the amount needed to your blood?
Everything is wonderful. You get a thumbs up.
And the blood goes merrily on the way through your body. Your heart lungs, and liver. All those parts that need blood are getting their share and all is well.
What happens when there is not enough for the cells and the blood? Then your blood will take the water that is present in your cells.
Your cells then have an alarm that is triggered.
This alarm tells the cell to defend itself.
At that time your body will go into the protection mode by making more “clay” or cholesterol. This is produced to hold the water in your cell. Making it more difficult for you blood to get what it needs.
What do you think about the question of can water help lower high cholesterol?
This is merely a safety net for your body.
However, your body is so efficient at self-protection. Efficient to the point that this clay can slow the flow of water to your blood too much.
Then the blood cannot do what it needs to do.
The reason your blood cannot do its job? Because the cholesterol has caused the water to be slower to shared with the blood.
The blood then becomes thicker. The heart has to work too hard to pump the blood.
Serious problems develop
There is not enough water to keep the blood at the correct thickness to flow properly.
Is your body’s able to produce blood at the correct thickness? This ability can be affected by factors other than just not enough water.
Yes, this condition may require a prescription for a medication to help with the issue.
If you are prescribed medication for this condition, it should come with a detailed reason for this drug.
If you are showing “elevated” results from testing, you may be able to help yourself by drinking enough water.
Drinking more water as well as a healthier diet, and exercise.
You can do your part by drinking water before you eat.
When you eat, your body must have water for the stomach to begin the digestive process. For your body to be able to break down the proteins and carbohydrates to a substance our system can use.
Otherwise, the food does you no good. If you do not supply the body with water along with food? The water must be “stolen” from another source.
This will throw some other portion of the digestive process out of sync. There was not water for digestion, so the body will take some that should go to the blood.
An extended time of the body being dehydrated, having to adapt? This will result in more than a high cholesterol reading.
Will natural healing work for you?
By supplying your body with enough water to correct its actions and digest food properly, you will enable yourself to heal naturally.
Your system will not heal overnight. It has been dehydrated for years at this point. However, giving yourself enough water, you can start making things better.
As with all natural healing, results are not immediate.
However, even if you are already on a medication for this condition for a higher cholesterol reading, drinking enough water will allow the prescription to work better.
Allow your body to get better faster. This is a positive action you can do for yourself.
Otherwise, this is a medication you will now consider a necessity. One you will have to continue taking.
The importance of when you are drinking water
One other important thing to note with this new healthy habit of drinking enough water? There is a time when you are going to drink some of this “enough” water.
It is recommended that you drink 16 oz. about 30 minutes before you eat. This allows your body to absorb the water into the parts of the digestive track and get ready for the digestive process.
Always drink before you eat.
You will see your results faster if you will. Your body is having to play catchup if you do not give it water before you eat. It is having to start the digestive process without the water that it needs.
Time is needed to heal
Your system will not heal overnight. It has been dehydrated for years at this point.
If you do not supply the water your body needs to digest your food? It will have to resort to having to adapt to what it has on hand. Make it work. The adapting process may not be as efficient.
Without enough water to get your food digested so that your body can supply the needs of your system?
How can you have energy when you have not given it what it needs to work properly?
You will not have the nutrition from the food when the body cannot digest it properly.
Do you have indigestion when you drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning? I did.
What you can do
By drinking a good gulp of water that was corrected.
By drinking 2 cups (16 oz.) first thing, you are setting your digestive system up for a good start to the day.
This is a good habit to develop for a healthier life. Drink 2 cups of water first thing in the morning.
If you do not change anything about your daily routine, but this, you will feel better.
How will you use this information?
How do you know you don’t need to do this?
You think you can’t drink 16 oz. of water, first thing in the morning? How about 8oz. Drink 8 oz. of water every morning, first thing, for a month.
Then drink 12 oz. every morning, first thing, for a month.
Now drink 16 oz. every morning! How simple is that? You can do it.
How much is enough water in a day? Research shows that you need 1 oz. of water for every 3 lb. you weigh. A person who weighs 150 lbs. needs 50 oz of water a day.
That is to maintain a healthy body.
Developing problems? You need to drink more.
Have you have been coasting along through life drinking barely 16 oz. of water a day?
By the time you are a retired senior citizen you probably have arthritis. No energy. Blood pressure issues. Plus one other condition that you are being treated for. Or will be soon.
Unfortunately, you are “normal” for a retired senior citizen in the US!
Folks, this does not have to remain your fate. Can you add a few oz. of water to your daily intake? Gradually keep adding water to make your body healthier?
Will this make you happier? Will spending less time in the Dr. office make you happier? Spending less on health care costs?
Did you know that some research is giving credit to Alzheimer’s being a result of prolonged dehydration?
We had an agriculture lifestyle in our past.
They lived a lifestyle that encouraged more water drinking. They drank water from a bucket with a dipper. This shared water dipper was drained when you drank.
There was not any barely sipping. You drank what was in the water dipper. You did not want to be caught tossing out water. That was not acceptable behavior.
Neither could you pour it back into the bucket. You drank it. That is the reason the people who were considered farmers were probably more healthy.
They worked long hard hours. However, they drank enough water to allow their bodies to get the most nutrition from the food they ate.
Drinking more water kept them able to work more and drink more water.
Times have changed
We have lost that approach to work in our society. Now you have water bottles. The water bottles allow you to just sip all day. This habit of “getting a real drink of water” has been worked out of your day.
Can you work it back in? For your health’s sake?
Goes without Saying
Important medical disclaimer.
I am not a Doctor, Lawyer, or Investment advisor.
I am simply a fellow traveler on this road through retirement.
Here, I share what I have found through actual practice or through a stumbling effort to improve myself.
Your results, should you adopt one of my suggestions will probably be 100 times better as you are probably a much stronger person than I am.
This retirement stuff is hard! Retirement would be a challenge even if it did not involve the aging process.
We have to work together to make the best of it! Lifetime habits, good and bad, accompany us on this journey we are on. We sometimes are not aware of how we hinder ourselves.
My intent is to call attention to what I have found along the way that either teaches, warns, helps, or hinders me.
I hope you can learn, laugh, think about, and pick up a suggestion that will make things better for you. Sharing is how we do it. Do you have a suggestion that you can share? Please leave your comment.