1086. Heart Health H2O: The Power of Water


Do you know the time of the day when people most frequently have a heart attack? The article Dr. Martin read says it’s early in the morning. But why is this? What’s different about earlier in the morning versus later in the day?

It has to do with blood clots, and we are more likely to have clots when we are dehydrated. We are most dehydrated first thing in the morning, and that means our blood can be thick as molasses.

Join Dr. Martin as he teaches on the power of water and why it’s so good for your heart.


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Dr. Martin:  Well, good morning everyone. Hope you're having a great start to your day. Welcome to another live, and we appreciate you guys. Thank you for tuning in as you do, and it's much appreciated. Okay, I read this article this morning. Let me ask you a question, okay? And it's sort of a quiz, but I just want you to put your thinking caps on and see if you can figure this out. Okay? This article gives us the answer, but I, I'm just going to throw it out here. And if you want to let us know that what you think the answer is, when is the most frequent time that people have a heart attack? So when they look at heart attacks, what time of the day is the most frequent? Okay? And I'll just wait here and maybe you guys can give me a few answers to that.

When, okay, so just take a guess If you don't know. Linda says bedtime. Anne says morning. Okay, let's get a couple more. Cecilia says dinnertime. Teresa says morning. Anybody else? Anne, morning and Suzanne, late night. Helga, early morning. Okay, Sandra says, morning, early in the morning, says Nelly. Couple more. 4:00 AM, Christine and Fay saying good morning. And Rosa saying, morning. Hey guys, the answer is morning. Melachi, you got it right. Okay. It's in the morning, okay? Is the most frequent time for heart attack. Okay? Who said 4:00 AM, probably, you're right. Okay, you're right. It's early in the morning.

Blood clots form when you are, finish that sentence. Okay? Blood clots form mostly okay. They form at any time, but why? Waiting. Let's see why in the morning. Let's see if we can get any answers here. Blood clots, why? Dehydration. And Deb, you got it too and horizontal. But you know what? No movement. Those are, you guys are smart. You know that you guys are smart. But at the end of the day, inside your blood vessels, why would there be more clotting? Yeah, you're not moving. Yeah. Yeah, for sure. I mean, if you go on an airplane or sit in the car for 10 hours, you're always much more susceptible to clots. But the answer is, okay, according to the studies is blood clots are forming because you're dehydrated. Okay?

Now, 60,000 miles of blood vessels, one and a half times around the equator, between your arteries, your veins, your capillary, there's a lot of blood flow. And when you are dehydrated, I'll tell you, if you talk to any physician that works in emergency or whatever, they're trying to save your life. They don't look at whether you have high cholesterol or whatever. They don't care about that, okay? They're trying to save your life. But one of the things that they will all agree on that people don't even think about is dehydration. It's a massive problem for your heart when you get dehydrated. What do I call water? Vitamin W, and again, I'm just going to tell you, only water is water. Nothing else is water, guys. Your body is built for water. And the way water enters your body, if you just drink water, is it goes to your bloodstream rapidly. Doesn't take long.

Now, you know, because people will say, "well, doc, I like watermelon. It's got a lot of water in it." Yep, it does. Okay. And I like watermelon too, but it takes a different route to your bloodstream. Water, when you drink water, and this is guys, you know me and this stuff. I talk about this all the time. Can you change habits? Yes. Men would come in the office. You see that microscope back there, okay? One of the microscopes that we had in the office, I used to love looking at people's blood and you could actually measure the viscosity of blood, which is the thickness of blood. And I used to turn around. Oftentimes I'm looking at the blood and then I'd look at back at a patient and I'd say, you know what? You got blood thicker than molasses. That is terribly hard on your heart. You're dehydrated. Okay? You have very thick blood. You need to thin it out.

"Well, doc, should I be taking an aspirin?" Somebody asked me that the other day. I hadn't been asked that for a bit. I used to get asked this all the time in the office. What do I think of aspirin? Well, I actually did. I can't remember if it was a FaceTime or how did I do that? It was a video. I made a video because the FDA came out with a new edict, and this has got to be seven or eight years ago. I'd have to go look it up. We got over a million views on this, over a million. And I talked about aspirin, and I said, well, the FDA doesn't recommend it anymore. They just don't. They're saying that the benefits of taking aspirin, which will thin your blood, is outweighed by the. Listen, I'm only reporting what the F D A reported. And they doubled down on it recently, within the last year, they doubled down on it because people were taking aspirin like no tomorrow. And the FDA said, the risks of side effects from that outweigh the benefits.

Now, listen, if you are having a heart attack, and the FDA said that if you are having a heart attack, someone beside you, whatever gives you an aspirin, very good. If you're having a stroke, someone beside you gives you an aspirin, put it in your mouth, put five in your mouth. That's a good thing. But the FDA said taking it every day, even if you've had a heart attack, we don't recommend it because of the serious side effects, especially micro bleeding. Okay? I'm just reporting. Don't shoot the messenger. A lot of people, when I did, I got over a million views, guys, A lot of people were upset with me. I said, well, get upset with the FDA. Why are you upset with me? Although it is true that for years before that, if you listened me when I was on the radio and I said, look, I'm not your physician, but I said, aspirin, baby aspirin is overrated. And you should, in my opinion, I used to say that 20 years before. In my opinion, you shouldn't be taking it every day, but you need to discuss that with your doctor and your cardiologist or whatever. I'm not your physician, I'm a radio doctor in those days, but I'm just telling you what the FDA said. Okay?

So when you have thick blood, and believe me, when you wake up in the morning, your blood is thick, you're dehydrated, you lose at least a half a liter to a liter of water while you're sleeping. You don't think about that. The vast majority of people, by the way, are dehydrated. They really are. They don't know it. You don't have a little light on your head. Wouldn't it be nice to have a little light go, you know, add water. Add water, okay? And again, when it comes to habits, I went up a rabbit traill and you thought I wasn't coming back, right? Well, I am coming back. Habits. I turned around. Look at those men, Dr. Martin. I don't like water. I said, suck it up buttercup. Would you rather have a heart attack? Well, I like juice. Yeah, that'll give you a heart attack. I don't like water. Well, I don't care. Your heart needs it. Your body needs it. And I'm going to get you then help you to form a habit.

You're coming back here within about four to six weeks for your follow up visit. And you better not have blood thick as molasses when you come in or you're going to be in big doo doo with me. You'll form a habit after three weeks. You get up in the morning, every one of you get up in the morning. I drink a half a liter or 16 ounces of water every morning, seven days a week. I have to put myself in a straight jacket just about and drink the water before I allow myself to have a coffee. And you guys know what I think about coffee, the real, and I mean it, the real vitamin C. Okay? Let's start a petition to make coffee the real vitamin C. But it is at the Martin Clinic. And you know what, again, for 40 something years more, I've been saying it. When everybody poo-pooed coffee, I was telling them how good coffee was for them.

Now, back to water. Vitamin W. Get up in the morning. Make it a habit. Don't have a coffee until you drink your water. You will help to prevent a heart attack. You will help to prevent clot forming in your bloodstream. You will take pressure off your heart. Remember, your heart is a pump. The thicker your blood, the harder your heart has to pump. It's as simple as, and guys, I'm going to tell you something. Here's another study that came out yesterday. Listen to this. It's just reinforcing another study. I'm going to tie this together. Look what it says. New study on salt reducing diet. A new study on salt reducing diet. It doesn't work. It doesn't work. I love cardiologists. Okay? I do, but they're wrong. They get it wrong all the time. They got cholesterol wrong. They got butter wrong. They got bacon wrong. They get it wrong. Reduce your salt intake. Okay? Does it help for blood pressure? No, but do it anyway, guys. It's crazy. It's crazy. It doesn't work.

And you know how many millions of people are on the low salt intake because, "oh my doctor said." What's more important is not low salt. What's more important is increase your water intake. Okay? Now let me just finish with the salt study first, okay? Then I promise I come back to water, but they're connected. What happens in high blood pressure, guys? Okay, resistance within the blood vessels. Resistance. One of the factors is dehydration. Okay? The other factor is that the kidney level, and cardiologists got that wrong too. And urologists got that wrong too. Why? Because they said protein. Red meat not good for your heart, and it ain't good for your kidneys cause it's protein. And I used to scream like John the Baptist and the wilderness. That ain't true. It's not protein, it's sugar, my friend.

You see, when you develop insulin resistance at the kidney level, here's what happens. It's all blood supplied, by the way. Here's what happens. What happens when you develop insulin resistance at the kidneys? Your body holds on to fluid, your body holds onto its salt and water. You get edema. You might not even see it. Sometimes you'll see edema in the ankles or whatever. Okay? Pitting edema. You can press on your skin and you see that you got edema there, but most people don't even know it. The only symptom they have is high blood pressure. "Doc, I got high blood pressure." Well, I said, let's do two things and just about a hundred percent for sure, we're going to fix it. You're going to drink water. I don't like water. You're going to drink water. You're going to drink two liters a day, 64 ounces for my American friends. That's the sweet spot. You're going to drink two liters of water. You're going to suck it up buttercup. It's going to save your life, okay?

And you're going to cut out your sugars, you're going to get your insulin down. You're going to cut out those crappy carbohydrate because now your kidneys, instead of retaining salt and retaining water, your kidneys are going to work properly. It had nothing, nothing to do with protein. Now, you folks from Niagara Falls, did I tell you, what are your kidneys? Niagara Falls. You know me. I love illustrations, right? I like to see things, and sometimes my illustrations are corny, but so what, it's the way I think. And when I think of your kidneys, I think of Niagara Falls. People get dehydrated. They don't know it. Listen, if you are on any medications, any, I don't care which one, they are including aspirin, you are dehydrated because those meds really have an effect on your kidney function. Big time. Tylenol, Advil, over the counter meds, you will be dehydrated. I used to test it. Your blood is thick as molasses. Do something before you have a heart attack. Drink two liters of water a day.

"Okay, doc, what's the best water?" Spring water. Okay. It's the best water. It's God's gift to you. It's spring water, not tap water. Okay? And look, I mean, did I ever think in my lifetime, did I ever think that I would buy water? I would've bet you dollars to donuts. Have you talked to me 50 years ago? What? Buying water? But it's the way it is, guys. Okay, now, all water's good, but the best is spring. It's as simple as that. People talk to me about pH and reverse osmosis and filtered water and look, yeah, yeah, yeah, it's okay. Okay? Add a little salt to your water if you're filtering your water or whatever, if you reverse osmosis or whatever, okay? But the best right in nature spring water. It is because geologically, it's the way water's supposed to be because it comes through the rock and it goes through the soil and it picks up all the minerals and it picks up even microorganisms. I used to put a little bit of water under a slide, under a very powerful microscope and you see. I said, guys, those bacteria, you see, they're on your side.

Okay, we talked about the heart. Have I convinced you yet? Now, my audience is smart, so you guys know that already. How many of you are listening to me this morning? Didn't know about water. Not many. Not many, right? Sweet spot. Two liters or 64 ounces. Okay? That's the sweet spot. Been measured over years and years and years. Do it every day, seven days a week. Yes, coffee is good for you. And when I hear that coffee dehydrates you, I get a migraine. And by the way, speaking of migraines, there's two reasons really, that you get headaches. Maybe three. The number one reason that you get headaches is your dehydrated. Okay? You don't have a light on top of your head, but your brain, when it's dehydrated, it holds onto water. Remember, it's headquarters. So it goes, you're not drinking enough. I'm going to hold onto it. Your brain swells. You can't see it. Your head starts pounding. That's a headache.

You know how many people, thousands and thousands of people over the years that had headaches every day and they started drinking water, and they started drinking two liters of water or 64 ounces of water a day, and their headaches disappeared. Now ladies, you're complicated. In case no one's ever told you that before, take it as a compliment. You're unique for my woke friends, okay? You're unique. Women can get headaches from horrormones. What happens? Estrogen dominance, low levels of progesterone, and they can get a headache. Okay? Women. And the other one, of course can be from your neck. Yeah, your cervical spine or even a little bit lower. That can happen too. Posture and things like that.

Okay, so what am I saying? If you want to lower your blood pressure, you better drink water, cut out the sugars so that Niagara Falls will work properly. Your kidneys. Both ways. Water flushes out toxins out of the kidneys. Visualize Niagara Falls 24 hours a day. It's not like they push a button and Niagara Falls stops working. Go there at two in the morning or two in the afternoon. Water is flowing. Think of your kidneys like that. You want to detoxify anyway. People talk about, "Doc, I want to do a detox." Okay? I like that. I do a detox every day. How do I do it? I drink water and digestively. I think I mentioned this yesterday. You're not missing fiber, okay? I hate to break it to you. That was brought to you by the cereal companies. Dr. Kellogg said, you need fiber, okay? You need inulin. You need, nah, you don't. Okay? You don't. Make your fiber water.

You get constipated, you don't have enough fluid, you don't have enough water. And only water is water. Coffee helps that too, by the way. It does. I tried and I did with tens of thousands of people, tens of thousands. You know what they accomplished after I gave them a sermon? They formed a habit. Three weeks, said, "doc, I didn't realize how thirsty I was. I had no idea." Now, now my sensor, I got a little sensor doc that I didn't know I had. When I'm low on water, it talks to me. I said, isn't that something? You didn't have it before, even though you were severely dehydrated. But now that you are drinking water, your little sensor's telling you, you talk to anybody that drinks water on a regular basis, oh, you know what? I need some more water. I'm dry. Your body starts talking to you. It'll respond. When you respond, you respond, form a habit.

And the second one is, what else should you be drinking? This is what I try and do on the reset. There's a reason for it. There's a reason for it. First of all, I want to get you off all juices, no juice. I'm trying to give your liver a break. You want to detox kidneys, liver, kidneys, liver. I know your lungs and yeah, but I'm telling you, those are your big detox organs. Your kidneys, Niagara Falls, wash them constantly. And your liver. And how does your liver get gummed up? How does it get gummed up? You put fat in it. How do you put fat in your liver when you eat sugar? So the best detox is liver, kidney, kidney, liver, empty the liver.

The Costco parking lot that's full of fat. See the fat behind me there? You get rid of that in your liver. And fat isn't formed by fat, it's formed by sugar. Okay? So thought I would bring that to you this morning when I read that the most common time to get a heart attack is in the morning. Blood clots can form, and people are dehydrated. So when you get up in the morning, what do you do? Drink a bottle of water or drink a glass of water and drink two glasses to get to 16 ounces or a half a liter. 500 milliliters. Okay? I mean it. It works better than aspirin. Better. How do you like that?

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