Water is one of the key elements responsible for human life on earth and is vital for our survival.
The human brain is composed of 95% water, lungs are 90%, blood is 83%, muscles are 76%, and bones are 22% water. These percentages are rigorous proof of the importance of H2O in our bodies to stay healthy.
Dehydration is the cause of numerous health issues – from headaches and constipation to blood pressure and kidney problems. But it’s a lesser known fact that it can aggravate or even cause joint pain.
If you suffer from joint problems or autoimmune diseases like arthritis, you may be prescribed medication from your GP. Whether this is working or not, water can directly impact the health of our joints and our sensitivity to joint pain.
Arthritis, Gout and Joint Pain
If you suffer from arthritis, gout or joint pain of any description, drinking more water can help your condition for several reasons:
- Water helps to flush toxins out of the body which consequently helps to fight inflammation
- It helps keep the joints well lubricated and prevent gout attacks
- Water stimulates the production of synovial fluid (produced in the spaces between joints to help reduce friction and facilitate movement)
- It encourages the growth of new cells in the cartilage tissues & carries nutrients to the joints
- Good hydration helps to alleviate other unpleasant symptoms that come with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, including constipation and dizziness
Healthy hydration habits for healthy joints
- Always have a glass of water to hand and drink fluids little and often
- Monitor your urine colour – if it’s dark with a strong smell you need to increase your water intake
- Drink little and often and make drinking water a priority, not an afterthought!
- Eat unprocessed, fresh foods with a high water content like fruits and salad/vegetables (cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes)
- Avoid drinks that have a diuretic effect like coffee, alcohol and protein-rich fluids – all of which can increase dehydration.
The general information provided above is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. If you have any concerns regarding your health, please consult your GP