Drinking Water to Help with PsA
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Put good in to get good out.” And it seems like everyone has an opinion on what is good and what isn’t. So many of us hear, “You can cure your disease just by eating this.” Oh, if only it was that simple.
The importance of water for psoriatic arthritis
So, while I still struggle to find the right balance of lifestyle and diet choices, one thing is certain: I’ve found lots of benefits to drinking water. And not just a glass here and there. I try to drink a gallon every day. That’s 128 ounces!
For me, my doctor says it is a good idea to drink a lot of water because, among other things, it helps to flush out toxins from my medications. I tend to have fewer side effects when I keep pushing the fluids in me.
The benefits of H2O
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“Water & Nutrition”), drinking water also has these benefits:
- Lubricating and cushioning joints.
- Protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
- Digesting food and absorbing nutrients.
- Getting rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.
Tips for drinking more water
I admit I have it easier than most. I have a home office, so it is very easy for me to head down to the kitchen to fill up my glass.
But I’m not always at home, and I’ve had to learn a few tricks along the way to make sure I get enough water daily. Here’s some to consider:
- A Water Bottle: Invest in a durable water bottle that you can carry with you. Many public places now offer drinking fountains with water dispensers for bottles, making it easier to keep your bottle filled.
- Get it in on your break: Grab a glass of water after every bathroom break. If you drink as much water as me, you’ll be in the bathroom quite often.
- Order up: Make it a habit to drink only water when you’re at a restaurant. There are infinite refills, and it’s cheaper than soda.
- Add some flavor: Add a small splash of cranberry juice or add lemon to your water to add a touch of flavor. It helps combat the boring routine of water.
- Measure up: Get a gallon jug and use a permanent marker to gauge increments of ounces or hours on the jug. This will help keep you on track to meeting your daily water intake goals.
- Keep your options open: You can also get water from other beverages. I like to drink hot tea, and the warmth helps the stiffness in my hands from psoriatic arthritis.
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