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Are you a water drinker? More than a thirst quencher, water is powerful medicine for the most important disease in this country—coronary artery disease. Jackie Chan, MD, at the Loma Linda School of Public Health, found water to be heart-protective, as she looked at participants in the Adventist Health Study. She found that participants who drank the most water were at the lowest risk of a fatal heart attack—a 40 to 50 percent lower risk, in fact, than those drinking the least amount of water.

Dr. Chan discovered something even more shocking: You have to drink water to protect the heart. In the study, those participants who drank the most non-water beverages, such as fruit juice, soda, coffee, and tea, increased their risk of a fatal heart attack. In fact, the study found that the women who drank the most non-water beverages increased their risk of a fatal heart attack two-and-a-half times, while men increased their risk by 50 percent.

Our Creator provided us with the perfect beverage for a healthy heart—water! Feeling thirsty? Pour yourself a glass of water—and water your heart.

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By Tim Arnott. This article which appeared in the Columbia Union Visitor, November 2006, is  reprinted with persmission. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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