But the truth is far more mundane than any promise.
No miracle pills from the Far East.
No obscure ointments rediscovered after centuries.
Not even an ointment used since the time of Cleopatra.
For help with joint lubrication, all you need is… Water!
If you get it from your tap or buy it from the store – sparkling, or still – water is one of the best things you can do for joint health and lubrication.
It’s Not Just About Your Skin
You probably know that your skin needs water to stay youthful and wrinkle-free, but it’s not just your skin.
Your entire body needs water to function properly – including your joints.
First, healthy joints require healthy bones. Since your bones don’t have blood vessels, they have to get and maintain their proper level of lubrication through water.
But that’s the bones. What about the joints themselves?
It’s important to understand how the joints work in the first place. The liquid in your joints is called synovial fluid.
It’s what keeps your joints lubricated and moving freely. It reduces the amount of wear and tear on your cartilage.
And it carries the nutrients your joints need to stay nourished.
Try to guess what synovial fluid needs to function properly. Water allows synovial fluid to fulfill its duties.
When your joints become dehydrated, the synovial fluid loses its efficacy. It begins to dry up and it doesn’t transport nutrients as efficiently.
This is when the dominoes start to fall. As the synovial fluid stops working at peak efficiency due to lack of water, the cartilage in your joints start to rub together.
This causes your body to respond with an unhealthy inflammation reaction – and you end up dealing with swelling, aches, and pain.
But that’s not all. As your joints rub together, it causes wear and tear. Your body is literally destroying itself and your cells simply cannot keep up.
They cannot rejuvenate as fast as they are being destroyed. All because you didn’t know just how important water was to the health of your joints.
To recap – water is necessary to keep joints lubricated because:
- Water keeps the bones that support the joints healthy
- Water helps keep the body’s supply of synovial fluid at optimal levels
- Water allows synovial fluid to perform at peak capacity
- Water promotes a healthy inflammatory response in your joints
- Water helps slow down the deterioration of your joints caused by wear and tear
- Water gives cells a boost when it comes to rejuvenation
How Much is Enough?
Now that you do know that joint lubrication and health is this closely tied into water, it’s time to figure out how much water you really need – and deciding this may actually be trickier than understanding how important water is.
Some reports are that you should drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Getting that much is easier than it may sound at first.
You know you should start your day with a glass of water as part of a healthy morning routine. After all, you’ve been without water for at least six hours.
You’re going to be dehydrated! Have another glass midmorning. Make your lunch beverage another glass of water.
Now you’re already at three. Have a glass in the afternoon. Even if you pour another drink with dinner, make sure you have a glass of water then, too.
Finally, have your last glass of water a couple hours before bed.
Just like that, you’ve gotten six glasses of water to help with joint lubrication! Get the other two – if you want them – by having a drink before and after you exercise, or after you take a nap.
All that being said, still other reports state that simply drinking a glass of water whenever you’re thirsty is enough to get the proper amount of water for you.
This works particularly well if you also have a glass of water with every meal.
The quick and easy way to know if you’re getting enough water to help with joint lubrication, though, is to look at the color of your urine.
The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are and the more water you should drink. When you’re well hydrated, your urine should be light or even clear.
The good news is that regardless of if you’re set on drinking eight glasses of water a day, just drinking whenever you’re thirsty, or simply keeping an eye on your urine, you don’t have to gulp your water down quickly.
In fact, you shouldn’t. Sipping it slowly gives your body the chance it needs to utilize the water so your joints are lubricated – and all of you is healthier.
Water, working from the inside out to help you maintain healthy, comfortable joints.