Tip from Dr. Taglio: Stiff Joints? Drink More Water!

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy.

The average human body is made up of around 75% water and is critical to the functioning of the body's systems. Your muscles and brain are composed of 75% water, bones are 22% and blood is 92% water.  Water is vital to allowing all of our body's systems to function properly. By the time you find yourself feeling thirsty, you are already in a state of dehydration.

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Our Bodies Need Water

Our joints are made up of cartilage which is comprised mainly of water, supplying them with suppleness, nourishment, lubrication and cushion/shock absorption. Water also helps maintain adequate blood volume so nutrients can move through the blood to the joints to flush out waste products. Being in a state of dehydration causes cartilage to weaken and slows  repair, manifesting as joint pain and stiffness, (even if you don't have arthritis).

The Dangers of Not Drinking Enough Water

When we do not drink enough water, our bodies deal with a whole host of other problems as well, such as:

  • Weakness/fatigue       
  • Poor thinking/confusion       
  • Headaches         
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Digestive disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Asthma/allergies
  • Bladder/kidney problems
  • Weight gain
  • Premature aging

How Much Should I Drink?

A good amount of water to aim for daily is to drink about half your body weight in ounces. Keep in mind, if you exercise, drink coffee/tea, soda, alcohol, are pregnant, breastfeeding or are ill, your body will increase its demand and need for water.

If you are feeling achy and stiff in many joints throughout your body, chances are you simply need to drink more water. If this does not solve the problem and pain is isolated to one region of your body, you may have an underlying biomechanical issue (from a macro or micro trauma) that needs more attention.

The Benefits of Healthy Joints

Chiropractic is generally associated with spinal joints, however, it is effective for other joint conditions as well. When joints move properly, the muscles and ligaments around them function at an optimal level, without pain. When joints do not function right, muscles and ligaments will shorten or elongate depending on the problem, leading to further dysfunction and pain. Chiropractic corrects underlying causes of joint dysfunction so normal range of motion can be restored, soft tissues can heal and pain can be reduced, keeping joints healthy, strong and mobile. 

author_bio.pngAs a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.

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