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25 Jun 2013 - Article No: 1748

Drinking Water Before Meals, Baths and Bed Improves Health - Facebook Rumour



HEART ATTACKS AND WATER !
How many folks do you know who say they don`t want to drink anything before going to bed because they`ll have to get up during the night.
Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......
Something else I didn`t know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water...
Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on...
Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It`s about Heart Attacks.
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ...DO NOT LIE DOWN!
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!
I have already shared this information. What about you?
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
"Life is a one time gift"




Rumours are circulating the Internet that claim drinking water at specific times of the day can help “activate the internal organs”, aid in digestion and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The rumours are false and are not backed up with credible evidence. What’s more they have been dismissed by medical experts numerous times. Self-“help” remedies circulating the Internet represent a significant number of Internet hoaxes. From herbal remedies, old “wives tales” and simply just fabricated nonsense, these hoaxes can be especially dangerous since they dabble in the important area that is your personal health. They can encourage people to do things that can be detrimental to their health, or prevent someone from seeking correct and accurate medical advice, and it is for this reason it is never recommended to circulate medical “advice” on the Internet. Always seek professional advice from your GP/doctor before making any medically based decisions.

In regards to this specific message….

Drinking Water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.

Water is important for our overall health and keeping sufficiently hydrated is important in almost any activity our body undergoes, but the specific advice to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to aid in digestion is ultimately baseless. Overall hydration is important but there is no evidence to suggest drinking water 30 minutes before a meal will have any negligible impact on digestion, providing you are keeping adequately hydrated, which of course you should be doing any way.

Drinking water can help activate your internal organs.

It is important to realise that your internal organs are still very much functioning, even if you are asleep, thus the assertion that drinking water before bed helps “activate you internal organs” as if they are waking up with you is simply spurious. It is important to hydrate throughout the day, including the morning when you would not have consumed water for several hours, but the assertion that it is to help activate your organs is untrue.


Drinking water before a bath lowers blood pressure.

There is no credible evidence that drinking water, regardless of whether you are about to have a bath, can lower blood pressure. In fact, the opposite is true, as research shows the short term effects of water can in fact raise blood pressure in people with inherently low blood pressure.

Experts generally conclude the best ways to improve your blood pressure is through a healthy diet and regular exercise. The illusion that drinking water can lower blood pressure may stop people from doing these things under the false assertion they are helping their blood pressure. Read this link from mayoclinic.com that outlines ten steps to lower blood pressure, none of which involve drinking water.

Drinking water before bed helps avoid heart attacks or strokes

Whilst we’ve stated numerous times in this article that drinking water and keeping sufficiently hydrated is important to your overall health, it is important to know that drinking water specifically before bed has absolutely no effect on whether you will ultimately suffer from a heart attack or stroke.

The advice to drink water before bed does not appear in any suggested tips recommended by any heart specialists to avoid heart problems. The British Heart Foundation, for example, like most heart specialists, recommends avoiding cigarette smoke, regular exercise, reducing stress and eating healthily.




So yes, water, as you most likely know already, is vital to keeping our bodies functioning healthily and keeping adequately hydrated throughout the day is important. But the advice given in the message about drinking water at certain times of the day to prevent certain problems is completely untrue and should not be circulated.




Social media and the Internet is rife with rumour, misinformation, propaganda and untruth. It is like this because people can be irresponsible with what information they choose to share.

Our community works hard to try and debunk and assist in as many cases as possible, as well as teach people how to share responsibly. We believe it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

If you are interested in this, feel free to read our two-part blog. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

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