Did you know that not getting enough water can impact the health of your joints? Apart from making you experiencing headaches, sleepiness, dry mouth, low blood pressure, and decreased skin elasticity, dehydration (lack of water in the body) can take a toll on your joints.
We all need water to survive. More than 60 percent of the human body is made up of water. Our body uses water in all its organs, cells, tissues to regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions as well.
Coming back to the topic, water is important for your joint health just like it is for other bodily functions. Not taking enough water can also affect the joints. Water keeps the joint cartilages (natural cushions to the bones) lubricated as well as flushes the inflammation-causing toxins out of the body.
Why Water is Important for Joint Health?
• Water flushes toxins out of the body. These toxins can cause inflammation across the body, including the joints.
• Water keeps your joints well lubricated for easy movement.
• Joint pain happens due to weak or damaged cartilage. More than 70% of cartilage is made from water. If you stay hydrated or getting enough water, the risk of friction pain and cartilage deterioration will be reduced.
How Dehydration Can Affect Your Joints?
Decreasing Joint Lubrication:
Water is an important component of the synovial joint fluid to prevent friction between the ends of bones as well as provide smooth movement.
Decreasing Shock Absorption:
Over 70% of the cartilage tissue is made up of water. Water enables them to absorb the shock during high-impact activities such as running and jumping.
Increasing Muscle Cramping:
Not taking enough water can lead to muscle spasms and cramping which in turn can increase joint pain.
Leading to Joint Degeneration:
Chronic dehydration can lead to loss of blood volume sparking a chain reaction leading to entire functional decline and joint degeneration.
Is Dehydration the Only Cause of Joint Pain?
Just because you are having joint pain doesn’t necessarily mean that your pain is caused by an insufficient quantity of water in the body. While dehydration can be a key cause of joint pain, it might not be the root cause of the pain. The other causes of joint pain are gout, arthritis, tendonitis, injury, sprains, dislocation, the overuse of joints, infectious diseases, fibromyalgia, and cancer.
If you experience mild pain in the joints, then try increasing your water consumption to find it can help. Make sure to drink at least 10-12 glasses of water in a day. While staying hydrated is not the treatment of joint pain, it can help ease the symptoms.
How to Tell If You Are Dehydrated or There is a Lack of Water in Your Body
Experiencing mouth dryness, strong thirst, dry skin, dark urine, fatigue, lethargy, confusion, and reduce urine are the signs that you need to increase water in your body. Rather than waiting unless you experience these symptoms and signs, try to drink at 2 liters of water a day. Carry a bottle of water with you.
When Should You Drink Water?
Plan to drink water every two or three hours during your day. If your job calls for physical exertion on hot, summer days, make sure to drink water every 20 minutes or so.
Staying hydrated can reduce joint problems such as pain and inflammation by removing toxins; increasing joint lubrication; preventing the risk of gout attacks, and delivering nutrients to the joints to support the growth of healthy cartilage tissues.
Make sure to drink at least 10-13 glasses of water a day.