Newest Research Finds Hydration May Reduce Risks for Heart Failure; A 2017 Divinia Hydration Study
You know that you should drink water, and you know that good water is generally beneficial. That's nothing new.
What may be surprising, however, is that mounting research continues to demonstrate a link between adequate hydration and heart health. Furthermore, scientific evidence points to the fact that people may not be drinking enough water to maintain an overall healthy heart. In a study published yesterday by researchers with the NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it is surmised that high levels of hydration lubricate the heart muscle tissue; without enough water, the heart muscles may harden (cardiac fibrosis) leading to eventual heart failure.
To begin the researchers analyzed 15,000 adults ranging between the ages of 45-66, who were enrolled in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study between 1987-1989 and offered information from medical visits over a 25-year period. To narrow down the participants the scientists focused on those within healthy hydration levels and did not experience diabetes, obesity, or heart problems. In the final analysis, about 11,814 adults were closely studied and, of those, the researchers found 1,366 (11.56%) later developed heart failure.
In order to better analyze the link between heart health and hydration, the researchers used serum sodium levels as markers since serum sodium levels increase as the body's fluid levels decrease.
Using hallmarks of sodium serum levels, the NIH researchers summarize:
"...adults with serum sodium levels starting at 143 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L) -- a normal range is 135-146 mEq/L -- in midlife had a 39% associated increased risk for developing heart failure compared to adults with lower levels. And for every 1 mEq/L increase in serum sodium within the normal range of 135-14T6 mEq/L, the likelihood of a participant developing heart failure increased by 5%.
In a cohort of about 5,000 adults ages 70-90, those with serum sodium levels of 142.5-143 mEq/L at middle age were 62% more likely to develop left ventricular hypertrophy. Serum sodium levels starting at 143 mEq/L correlated with a 102% increased risk for left ventricular hypertrophy and a 54% increased risk for heart failure."
The study emphasizes the importance of drinking enough water, with the researchers recommending a daily fluid intake of 6-8 cups (1.5-2.1 liters) for women and 8-12 cups (2-3 liters) for men. According to the scientists who conducted the study, having enough fluids help the heart pump efficiently, support blood vessel function, and orchestrate circulation... all functions that are part of a healthy heart and body.
In 2017, a small, independent human study was conducted, with DIVINIA, by Dr. J. Shankaraswamy and Dr. Sarika Saxena at Amity Institute of Biotechnology; the doctors measured blood osmolality, saliva and urine levels as benchmarks of hydration in 30 healthy, male adult volunteers between 19 and 45 years old. Participants drank a natural beverage made with ingredients such as bee propolis, banana peel, coconut, almond gum, and okra mucilage. The drinks were aqueous/water based (90%) and either made of deionized water or DIVINIA for comparison in the study. The doctors conclude that the participants in the DIVINIA group had significantly increased blood serum (1141.59 0.22mmol/L), osmolality (288.56 0.61mmol/kgH2O), and salivary flow rates which rose by 17.85%. The doctors also scored the two beverages for color, flavor, taste, energy, protein, fiber, and osmolality. In all categories, DIVINIA scored better than the drink made with deionized water. Based on the results, the doctors surmised that the DIVINIA-based drink created:
“...a novel [rehydration] beverage as it had the same osmolality as blood serum, which is useful for the restoration of normal body fluid volumes to maintain intracellular and extracellular body fluid distribution."