Bursitis Dehydration:
Don't Fight Thirst With Meds

I can see you saying: "Bursitis dehydration...WHAT?"

But have you every considered that such a simple thing as not drinking enough water could be at the root of your bursitis pains?

  • About a third of Americans suffer from chronic pain
  • Over 20 million Americans suffer from some type of arthritis
  • About 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated

Isn’t the connection obvious?

Read on if you do not want to be part of this gloomy statistics.

It is believed that 80% of joint pain sufferers can relieve their condition simply by drinking enough water.

Cheers to bursitis-free life!

Water = Health

Staying well hydrated is crucial for overall health. Here's why:

  • All life began in water.
  • Developing fetus is surrounded by water.
  • Human body is over 60% water.
  • Lungs are 90% water and muscles 85% water.
  • Brain is about 85% water and very sensitive - just 2% below optimal hydration levels can cause energy drop of up to 30%.
  • Fluids are necessary for many of fundamental bodily functions, such as digestion, transportation of nutrients, hormones and other essential elements (e.g. vitamins & minerals) throughout the body.
  • Water is a solvent for absorbtion of nutrients. Like an effervescent vitamin tablet - nothing happens until you mix it with water.
  • Water is our main source of energy, generating electrical and magnetic energy in all cells of our body (from the food we eat using a process called hydrolysis).
  • Water is essential for holding the structure of cells together - prevents DNA damage, promotes repair of cells.
  • Water increases the efficiency of the red blood cells in oxygenating the body.
  • Water boosts the efficiency of the immune system.

Dehydration = Bursitis

We have about hundred trillion cells in our body. When we don't bother to supply them with enough water, the cells simply dry up over time.

Chronic dehydration will cause some of the vital bodily functions explained above to malfunction. Ultimately, you can expect disease and / or aggravation of your bursitis and other conditions you might suffer from.

Toxic overload

If the water inside and surrounding the cells does not circulate as often as it should, the toxins and natural waste materials will start to accumulate and contaminate the tissues, blocking the flow of nutrients and energy.

Unnecessary wastes and toxins built-up in the body contribute to inflammation. Cellular damage follows.

Acid accumulation

Everything that we eat and drink has either alkalising, acidifying or neutral effect on our system.

Inflammation and joint pain often occur when acidity / alkalinity is out of balance in a body.

Pathogens (e.g. yeasts, viruses and bacteria) and inflammation thrive in acidic environments deprived of oxygen where it is impossible for the cells to get rid of toxins.


On the other hand, healthy cells thrive in an alkaline, well oxygenated, environment.

And as it is not possible to alkalise and cleanse bodily tissues without optimal hydration, all inflammatory diseases - including tendonitis and bursitis - benefit from drinking pure water to re-establish optimal pH levels in the blood.

Cartilage damage

The joints are like hinges where two bones meet up. A coating called cartilage covers the bone surface to keep the two bones from rubbing directly against each other.

Dehydration can affect cartilage negatively in two main ways:

1. Friction

Cartilage is mainly composed of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage loses its ability to glide smoothly. Obviously, this causes more friction, damage and pain in joint movement.

2. Starvation

Cartilage does not have a direct connection to nerves, lymph or blood. The only way the water and nutrition can get into the cartilage is through the porous end of the bone the cartilage is nested in. However, in dehydrated body, the fresh blood does not often make it into the cartilage.

So the damaged cells peeling away as the joint moves that would under normal circumstances be replaced no problem do not get re-generated.


As we can see, dehydration is double trouble for joints. More wear and tear and not enough nutrition. Welcome, bursitis joint pain.

Spine support

Did you know that over 75% of the support your spine gives to your body comes from the small spinal discs sitting between all vertebrae?

When there is not enough water floating in the body, these discs shrink and as a result you can develop various deformities in the musculo-skeletal system that can lead to bursitis by putting too much pressure on certain joint areas.

Drink up: The Rules

If you only remember one thing from this article, remember this: When you are thirsty, it's already too late, you're now officially dehydrated.


Unfortunately, our bodies do terrible job in alerting us to thirst:

  • Body's ability to sense thirst by default lags behind its actual need for water
  • Our thirst perception decreases and even diminishes with age
  • Many people have such a weak sense of thirst that they often confuse it with hunger!


The following tips will help you ensure that you drink enough water daily:

  • Aim to drink as many ounces of water as half of your body weight in pounds (at least 6-8 glasses)

Your weight (pounds) : 2 = Your daily water requirement (ounces)

  • Increase intake of water with exercise and in high temperatures
  • Increase intake of water after you've had fever or a stomach bug associated with vomiting and diarrhea
  • Drink a glass of water right after you wake up in the morning
  • Drink throughout the day rather than gulping all your day's worth of water supply at once. Your body can only really efficiently absorb a certain quantity of water at one time.
  • Keep a bottle of water on your office desk / in your car at all times
  • Drink high quality water - pure spring / filtered,... (myriad of potentially harmful chemicals can lurk in regular tap water)
  • Green juices, herbal tea, veggie soup,... they all count
  • Eat hydrating foods - greens, veggies, fruits
  • Tea, coffee, processed juice, alcohol, and sugary soft drinks don't count as they are diuretic and may have other undesirable effects
  • Ensure your salt intake is optimal as cells' ability to absorb water is dependent on salt levels in the body


So I hope that the bursitis dehydration story now makes sense to you. Drink up and what do you know, the inflammation may magically disappear!


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