Hydration and pain
So, how does hydration affect pain? When our brains are dehydrated, our bodies feel increased pain levels, such as headaches, backache, muscle pain and arthritic pain. Up to 80% of our joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the end of our bones where they come together to form joints) is made of water, helping to lubricate and absorb shock. Without sufficient water, we can’t adequately cushion our joints, and we are more likely to experience joint pain.
Now, let’s think about the spine. It isn’t just our 24 vertebrae that make it up, there are also discs in between each of these bones. Guess what these discs are composed of? Yes, water! Our spinal discs help to cushion the spine and facilitate smooth, comfortable movement. When we are dehydrated, these discs can’t function correctly, and we are more likely to experience pain in the lower, middle and upper back and neck.
It can be difficult to remember to drink enough water throughout the day. Some people find it plain dull and don’t really enjoy drinking it on its own. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your body hydrated.
If you would like to find out more on hydration and its effect on pain, I highly recommend ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty: Don’t Treat Thirst with Medications’ by F. Batmanghelidj.
Thank you for taking the time to read my five pillars of pain-free living. I really do hope that you’ve found them informative and helpful!
Look after yourself.