Hydration and Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death worldwide. The latest statistics for the United States show that CVD is the leading cause of death for persons age 65 and over. It follows that strategies, such as maintaining adequate hydration, to reduce the incidence of CVD are therefore of profound importance.
Move Over Cholesterol, Enter Zeta Potential
Cardiologists have traditionally shown great interest in monitoring patient’s bad cholesterol, known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and have considered LDL the major cardiovascular risk factor.
Blood viscosity plays a major role in cardiovascular events and are therefore gaining in importance as major risk factors in their own right. Blood is a complex fluid containing proteins, nutrients, and metabolic waste products, along with dozens of clotting factors. In spite of this complexity, the measurement of mobility or zeta potential of red blood cells (RBCs) is a simple method for measuring blood viscosity.
This is because blood viscosity is strongly influenced by the RBC surface charge that governs the spacing between them. A higher repulsive surface charge increases spacing between RBCs and thus lowers viscosity.
More Energy At Cellular Level is Needed
So the question becomes, What can we do to increase the energy level, and thus the electrical charge, in our cells, and more specifically our RBCs? It turns out, hydrating with structured water, such as that found in fruits and vegetables, results in the intracellular hydration so important to increasing energy at the cellular level.
In this interview, cardiologist Dr Stephen Sinatra explains the role of hydration on blood viscosity and how grounding and eating veggies is a perfect heart match. He gives us a visual analogy likening hydration and blood viscosity to snarled traffic in New York City (dehydrated blood flow) contrasted with the smooth flow on Germany’s autobahns (hydrated blood flow).
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, one of our wisdom doctors, is a highly respected cardiologist. His expertise comes from more than 40 years of clinical practice. The great calling of his work is returning focus to the electromagnetic properties of heart function, opening new thinking on how to heal the heart. In this interview Dr. Sinatra is his most “warm-hearted.”