Why drinking water is good for the blood circulation

22nd October 2017 by Daryll Baker0

A good circulation of the blood is key to maintaining a healthy body. As the blood circulated, it delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to the different organs and the cells of the body. Without the circulation of the blood, the body cannot function.

It is therefore vital that we maintain good blood circulation and continue to strive to improve the circulatory system.

As well as exercising and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water is an effective strategy for improving blood circulation.

Water plays a vital role in facilitating the flow of blood around the body. Studies implicated with blood circulation have shown that a poor circulation of blood can be caused by a number of factors, including a low consumption of fluids.

Though certain fluids, namely caffeine and alcohol, can cause dehydration within the body. Dehydration has a negative effect on the organs and the cardiovascular system. As dehydration decreases the blood volume in the body, it responds by retaining higher levels of sodium. High concentrations of sodium in the blood is linked to causing high blood pressure, which can, in turn, lead to the body closing its small blood vessels, known as capillaries.

Water is the best liquid to keep the body well hydrated and healthy, contributing to the well-being of the blood vessels.

How much water should we drink?

Whilst there is no single formula regarding how much water we should drink, and it greatly depends on the individual and their requirements, studies do offer some fairly definitive figures.

Experts repeatedly advice that in order to stay sufficiently hydrated, we should aim at drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Conditions caused by poor blood circulation

When the blood is not circulating properly through the body, health issues can rear their head, including:

  • Varicose veins
  • Memory loss
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Headaches and dizzy spells
  • Vision loss
  • Restricted blood flow to the brain

As well as drinking plenty of water and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet, doing regular physical exercise is an essential way to maintain healthy blood circulation.

It is generally advised that in order for the arteries to have adequate peripheral circulation, we are active for at least

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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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