Do you suffer from joint pain? Dehydration may be the cause
While there are many reasons why you may suffer from joint pain- one less known cause is dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, it often reacts in the form of pains and aches. And can cause you to think you have a severe condition when, in fact, you need to hydrate your body properly. Cartilage and connective tissues inside our body store high levels of water. And when this supply of fluids becomes less due to aging, medications, over-exercising, or a poor diet, our body becomes prone to inflammation and chronic pain. Our joints are especially vulnerable to aches and pains because fluids serve as a lubricant for the joints and help to clear out toxins. But when we become dehydrated, the body redistributes the fluid found in our joints to other areas causing inflammation and pain. More than 70% of our joint cartilage is made of water, which is regulated by proteins. These proteins become like a gel when they come in contact with water and provide cushioning to our joints. The protein gel functions like a sponge, and the more fluid it has inside, the better it works to absorb shock from activities and keep our joints lubricated.