hearthealthyDrink more water and reduce your risk for a heart attack.

According to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found a direct correlation between the amount of water intake and reduced risk for heart attacks.

These researchers looked at coronary heart disease and fluid intake statistics in 8,280 male and 12,017 female participants. Overall, these participants had 246 “coronary heart disease events” (128 in men and 118 in women) over the six-year follow-up period.

More than any other factor in this study, water intake was the determining factor in heart disease risk.

Lead researcher Dr. Jacqueline Chan said this was the “first study to record the association between high water intake and reduced risk of coronary heart disease… [B]y drinking more plain water, healthy people… reduced their risk of dying from a heart attack by half or more.”

She suggests that people should not heavy up on tea, coffee, and other diuretics that can raise blood viscosity and drink plenty of plain water.

Simply look at your body’s makeup and it’s clear that water is a huge factor for a healthy life. Your body is about 83% water, your brain and muscles are about 75% water, and your bones contain 22% water. Water contributes to every single metabolic process in your body, including absorbing nutrients and removing toxic waste.

Dehydration, on the other hand, can elevate at least four independent risk factors for heart disease: whole blood viscosity, plasma viscosity, hematocrit, and fibrinogen. Heart attacks occur more frequently in the morning, when your blood is thicker because of water loss while you’re sleeping.

Therefore, even though it might make you pee more at night, having a glass of water before going to bed can benefit you. While there is no firm rule – such as eight glasses of water – drinking water throughout the day has tremendous benefits.

That’s because even when you’re mildly dehydrated, you can raise your stress hormone cortisol 1 – 2%. Among the many things cortisol does is store fat and break down muscle.