Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Drinking Water Affect My Blood pressure?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 09:47 AM

Question: I’ve heard drinking a lot of water can lower my blood pressure?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Actually, fluid loading will increase your blood pressure. Extreme excesses of water intake can also cause electrolyte abnormalities.
Drinking about eight eight-ounce glasses of water daily — not more or less — is usually the best guideline for most of us. Some people are sodium sensitive and will note improved blood pressure readings on reduced sodium diets.

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