It is hot everywhere this summer! Staying hydrated is more important than ever. Studies demonstrate that 75% of the population is chronically dehydrated, which can take a toll on overall health. Hydration plays a key role in your muscle and joint health, allowing for proper joint function and healing. Joint cartilage is comprised of 70-80% water. With proper hydration cartilage is soft and pliable and able to move more freely. In a dehydrated state, cartilage is not as wear resistant, and presents more friction with movement. Proper hydration even encourages growth of the cartilage.
Hydration enhances muscle and joint health as:
-Nutrients are delivered to the cells of muscles and joints
-Toxins are flushed out
-Inflammation is reduced
-Circulation is improved
-Healing is enhanced
-Muscle and joint pain is reduced
Hydration is key if you are recovering from an injury, surgery, illness, or suffer from chronic muscle and joint pain, like arthritis. You can enhance your recovery and reduce your pain by staying properly hydrated.
Dehydration can display as thirst, muscle cramps, headaches, and even lightheadedness. With approximately 60% of your body comprised of water, paying attention to how much you drink is key to good health.
Proper hydration is necessary for:
-Blood pressure control
-Healthy skin, hair and nails
-Weight loss and weight management
-Brain function and cognition
-Protection and cushioning of vital organs
-Joint and muscle function
Hydration is especially challenging during the hot summer, but is important all year long. Take a few moments, throughout the day to focus on staying hydrated:
1. Start each day with a large glass of water
2. Set a water intake goal of at least half of your body-weight in ounces. (200 lbs=100 ounces)
3. Fill a motivational water bottle for the day, and commit to finishing it.
3. Keep track of your water intake on the Rolling Strong application
4. Snack on foods with high water content-cucumbers, celery, watermelon, strawberries, spinach and tomatoes.
Remember, approximately 60% of your body is comprised of water! Drink water all day long to maintain proper hydration so your body can operate optimally, including your muscles and joints.
by Christy Coughlin