How Hydration Affects Our Joint Health
Healthy joints are essential for everyone, not just athletes. When we stop taking care of them, we’re left aching and unable to perform daily tasks that should otherwise be easy— getting up from a chair, taking your dog for a walk, or reaching for that high shelf. So, how can we put our joint health first? For starters, drinking more water might be your greatest ally.
WHAT ARE JOINTS?
Your body’s joints work like hinges. It’s where two bones meet, connected by ligaments and protected by cartilage and a liquid called synovial fluid. Healthy joints should move without pain. But when other factors negatively affect the body, such as dehydration, your joints can become inflamed and feel painful to move.
Livestrong puts it plainly: “If you think of your joints like a sponge, imagine how much more easily two wet sponges can move against one another than two dry, hard sponges.”
HOW HYDRATION HELPS JOINTS
Drinking water, in general, gives your body a plethora of positive results. It helps increase focus, aid digestion, and of course, it helps keep your joints lubricated.
When you stay hydrated, that water helps replenish the synovial fluid, which acts as a cushion between your bones. It also helps revitalize the cartilage that protects your joints. Dry cartilage is stiff and painful to move. Keeping it hydrated makes it soft and smooth and otherwise healthy. Not to mention, water helps reduce inflammation, thus improving joint pain symptoms.
Water also keeps your blood volume at its best. That makes sure nutrients move more efficiently through the blood to where they’re needed, like your joints. Proper hydration can also help you build muscle tissue, which is about 75% water. This tissue will help protect and stabilize your joints.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The Arthritis Foundation® says that if there’s a “magical elixir” to improve joint health, it’s water. Yes, some foods and drinks can help decrease joint inflammation, but they’re only half the battle. Even so, it’s like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. It’s ignoring the larger problem at hand.
Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. That means a portion of those Americans might be suffering from joint pain that could easily be mitigated by better water intake. And by better, we mean better frequency and better quality. Luckily, Primo® Water is part of that solution.
BETTER WATER FOR BETTER JOINTS
Primo® Water undergoes a 5-step Reverse Osmosis (RO) purification process that rids water of harmful microorganisms, heavy metals, trace pharmaceuticals and more. While tap water can often have all of these contaminants and then some, Primo is the safer, better alternative when it comes to stepping up your hydration game.
And, we found that bulk water users drink up to 25% more water at home. So not only is Primo offering access to better quality water, but they’re giving you better odds at beating the dehydration epidemic. So, show your joints some love and make the switch to Primo.