Dehydration is more than about being thirsty. In fact, roughly 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Not drinking enough water can lead to fatigue, slow down your metabolism, affect your cognitive functioning, and is known to contribute to the development of kidney stones. Another thing lack of hydration has been linked to is joint pain.
A big part of joint pain is persistent inflammation. The majority of your cartilage is water, around 80%, which makes it important for you to keep them hydrated. When your body lacks water, your joint health can suffer.
Water is needed to flush out toxins and keeps your body working at its best to fight off chronic conditions. The water in cartilage is regulated by proteins, which become a gel-like consistency when they contact water.
This gel-like liquid provides joints padding, lubrication, shock absorption, and nutrition to the cartilage. They are sponge like structure and for there to be that “cushion” effect, it needs to get plenty of water. Even if you take supplements for joint health, without getting enough water, they will be weakened over time.
How much water do you need?
Obviously, you need to drink plenty of water every day and it needs to be a lot more than a half a gallon a day. Remember, the liquids we consume can have a dehydrating effect. These include coffee, tea, and soda. So, it’s best to drink water. Another thing to remember is that you shouldn’t drink water just when you feel thirsty. You need to drink it regularly throughout the day. If you’re not used to drinking that much water, it may take a while for your body to get used to it. It won’t take long for your body to see it has a natural habit.
The best thing for you to do is to make a habit of drinking more water. Have a full glass when you get up in the morning, keep water near you at your desk so that you can sip water throughout the day, and have a full glass before lunch and dinner. Before you know it, drinking water will be a habit and you will improve in how you feel when you’re being well hydrated.