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?
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!
Staying well hydrated is crucial for overall health. Here's why:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The following tips will help you ensure that you drink enough water daily:
Your weight (pounds) : 2 = Your daily water requirement (ounces)
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!