If there’s a magical elixir to drink, it’s water. Hydration is vital for flushing toxins out of the body, which can help fight inflammation. Adequate water can help keep joints well lubricated and can help prevent arthritics attacks.
Water does many things for our body. But for someone suffering from arthritis, one of the most important tasks water has is lubricating the joints for pain-free movement.
Lack of drinking enough water, can result in lower metabolism etc. Lack of hydration has also been observed as a contributor of joint pain.
We should all be aware that around 60% of our joint cartilage is made of water, hence it is not surprising that lack of hydration is associated with joint pain. I have been explained by various medical professionals in basic terms…the water content in cartilage is regulated by proteins that become a gel-like consistency when they come into contact with water. This gel-like liquid-synovial fluid provides cushioning, lubrication, shock absorption and nutrition to the cartilage in our joints. They are the framework, much like a sponge. For the sponge to be “full” and provide that “cushion” it needs to be filled with water.
Joint pain usually occurs when the cartilage has been weakened or damaged, which then leads to typical symptoms such as inflammation, pain and stiffness. It is critical that we keep hydrated during periods of joint damage, otherwise our production of synovial fluid will be reduced and we increase our risk of friction pain and cartilage deterioration.
For healthier joints focus on staying hydrated properly, throughout the day.
Even if you take specific supplements for your joints, without enough water, they will not provide the best benefits.
Water is the best remedy…drink your way to better heath !