H2O: Water My Psoriatic Bones
Most medical and non-medical people will agree on one thing. We all need water to survive and even thrive. I was raised in a home, where if you were thirsty, you got water. I have passed this healthy habit on to my daughter.
Any type of soda or juice is considered a treat and should be treated as such. Water on the other hand is truly our life source. Without which we would not survive. So what does this have to do with psoriatic arthritis? Allow me to explain.
The importance of water and hydration for psoriatic arthritis
Water helps keep your system hydrated, which optimizes the body's detoxification methods and may, in turn, relieve some inflammation. When you're well-hydrated, your joints have better lubrication.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do for our health. The benefit outweighs any excuse that can be found. When you live with an autoimmune condition, keeping your body in top form should be a priority, as far as what your limits will allow you.
Warning signs your body needs water
Our body is keen to warn us when we are not having enough water. The body needs water to function and keep us going. Importantly, these are the reminders that have us reaching for a glass.
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
If you are experiencing some of these, your body may be asking you to top up the H2O reserves.
What does water do for our bodies?
So we know that water is good for us, but what is the actual purpose? Below are some of the functions that water has within our bodies.
- Improves and aids digestion
- Lubricates joints
- Regulates body temperature
- Delivers nutrients to the cells in the body.
- Flushes toxins
- Keeps organs functioning optimally
When you have an autoimmune condition, you will need all the support you can get. Water gives you quite a bit of that.
What if I don't like water?
I have heard this so many times, people do not like water or it tastes like nothing. Here are some fun ways to make sure you get hydrated.
- Invest in a good reusable water bottle, my personal choice is a double wall aluminium bottle.
- Add fresh berries and lemon or cucumber to your water
- Do a 30 day water drinking challenge with a friend
- Download a water tracking app, share this with a friend and stay accountable
These new habits can be hard to form. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, so give it a go.
How much water is enough water?
The almost infamous 8 glasses of water a day would be enough, depending on how much liquid those glasses hold. Personally, I aim for 2 liters a day and more when I am training.
Too much water in too short a space of time could make you feel ill too, so be aware of that. You don't want to undo the balance of sodium and water in your body.
I would love to hear your take on how staying hydrated has benefited you.
Do you have a sleep disorder (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your PsA?