An Often Over Looked Importance Of Water
Water is the most important nutrient for the human body by a long way, next to oxygen, our body needs water in order to survive. The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water, seeing as our bodies can’t store water we need a fresh supply every day so our water uses and loss can be replaced.
Because if the important role water plays in our ongoing survival it is often over looked the importance that water plays in your musculoskeletal system and the role of water and your joints.
The Importance Of Water To Your Muscles And Joints
Water helps maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body and is necessary for most bodily functions, the musculoskeletal system included:
- Water helps to keep your bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels.
- Water is necessary to help in the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to your cells for repair, growth and general functioning.
- Water helps eliminate toxins and byproducts of your body’s metabolism and exercise. Water helps energize muscles, cells that don’t maintain their fluid and electrolyte balance shrivel which can result in muscle fatigue, ultimately performance can suffer when muscle cells don’t have sufficient fluids!
- Water helps regulate body temperature during exercise through sweating.
- Water aids digestion helping you receive the nutrients your body requires from your food.
- Water helps operate as a shock absorber inside your spinal cord and interverterbral discs making it important in protecting your spine, spinal cord and nerve roots from shock and damage.
- Water helps lubricate and cushion your joints.
Water And Your Joints: Why It’s Important
Our joints are an amazing marvel of engineering. They have the ability move through vast ranges of movement as well as consistently absorb and distribute significant loads time and time again. When considering water and your joints, water plays a significant role in your joints having this capacity to move so freely and absorb such loads.
Intercellular water is 60-80% of the make up of cartilage cells and plays a significant role in the cushion that sits between the joints being so strong and able to absorb the forces constantly exerted on your body. If not enough water is consumed, dehydration can occur in your joints, which can play a role in joint damage, joint pain and ultimately arthritis.
Synovial Fluid: Reportedly 3 Times More Slippery Than Skating On Ice
Water is also about 80% of what is your Synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is a thick, stringy colorless liquid inside your joints and supposedly the most slippery substance known to man.
It exists to reduce friction in joints helping lubricate, cushion and provide nutrition to your joints allowing the bones to freely glide over each other.
Drinking Plenty Of Water May Just Help With Arthritis
Water molecules are intimately related in helping maintain the health and function of your joints. So it goes to reason drinking plenty of water ensures your joints are healthy and hydrated, helping keep strong hydrated cartilage cells resistant to damage and providing a nice slippery surface meaning easy full range of movement.
Hence drinking the right amount of water could possibly help relieve any existing arthritic pain as well as fight the onset of arthritis, back pain and other joint pains.
Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products mentioned. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance on Water And Your Joints should consult his or her general practitioner, physiotherapist or dietician.