Health Fact – Joint Pain


If a body is dehydrated it will actually retain fluid and when the body retains fluids in a state of dehydration, it is also retaining the toxins that those fluids were supposed to eliminate. This increases the level of toxins in your tissues, and sets the stage for chronic disease and premature aging.

Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., an expert on water and author of an excellent book, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”, points out that the body has no water- storage system to draw on in times of need. And those parts of the body most acutely affected by a water shortage are the areas without a direct blood supply, particularly cartilage in the joints. Painful joints, including those with arthritis in them, can be a result of inadequate water intake.

Another good source is “Preventing Arthritis”, a book by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., a pain specialist. He stated that joint and pain problems are helped by water, and made worse when a patient is dehydrated or hardly drinks water at all.”
I can attest to the above information first-hand. I’m 61 and 42 years ago I was involved in a tragic auto crash where two people died, and myself battling for my life. I won’t go into all the details but I had numerous broken bones.

According to all medical professionals if you have a traumatic injury, especially one that involves fractures, arthritis is automatic and worsens as you age.

I do not suffer from joint pain unless I forget to drink water. I’ve discovered that if I drink my regular daily water amount, which isn’t always the recommended amount per my weight, but usually is 40 to 50 ounces a day I am pain-free. If I only consume about 25 to 30 ounces a day I am basically still pain-free but with an occasional pain here and there, which is my cue that my water drinking is reduced and if I continue with a reduced intake of water the pain will increase.

Drinking water is one of the most simple ways to improve health but can be the most difficult to accomplish, especially as we age.

Thirst turns out to be a poor indicator of whether or not you have an adequate level of water in your body. A 1998 article in the American Journal of Hospital Palliative Care dramatically points this out. The researchers reported that fluid depletion, even in severely dehydrated, dying people resulted “in relatively benign symptoms,” of which thirst was not a common one.

This is an indicator that we need to systematically drink water because our body needs water and not use thirst as the signal that prompts us to drink.

I keep a glass bottle of fresh pure water by my side at all times so it is readily available. This is a reminder to drink water and increases my likelihood of drinking my daily requirement.

If I need a more serious approach to drink water because I’ve gone too long without drinking my minimum of daily water I put a timer watch on my wrist and set it for 30 mins. When the timer goes off I drink approximately 4 ounces of water, and I do this from arising in the morning until I consume my daily requirement of half my body weight in ounces, which usually ends in the evening. It takes 3 days of systematically drinking water to rehydrate the body if it is dehydrated.

Quick tip: The next time you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water first, often we give our body food when it is simply asking for a glass of water.

Bonnie Frownfelter ND

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