I have had a lot of questions lately about inflammation and how to control it naturally. My advice has stayed consist with what you put in your mouth has a huge impact on your body! Therefore for the next couple weeks I am going to write about things you can eat or drink that will help inflammation in the body. Our first topic is WATER!!
Water is one of the most important beverages one could have. Your body is made up primarily of water (it makes up about 70% of your body weight). Almost every very tissue, organ and system in your body needs water to survive. Without water our digestive system would slow down causing constipation allowing the junk that is suppose to leave our body to leach back into our body. Without water our joints lock down and the discs between each one of our bones begins to shrink allowing the bones to grind on one another. Without water our tendons, ligaments and muscles get brittle and stiff not allowing nice fluid motion of our joints or our body. Without water our skin can’t regenerate properly leaving us with blotchy, irritated, and dry skin.
When we become dehydrated our bodies actually start to pull water from some parts to give it to other more important tissues or systems. When the conditions in your body become so scarce your body will start to pull water from the nervous system. When this happens people can start to get headaches that will become migraines. Another popular place your body likes to pull from is your muscles, ligaments and joint spaces. When this happens you become stiff and over time inflammation starts to build up in your joints. Chronic inflammation in a joint is the perfect environment for arthritis.
As you can see once this cycle starts it is very important to stop it or a lot of damage can occur. I hear all the time that people drink a lot of other stuff like pop, coffee, and tea which they count as part of their water intake. Unfortunately the truth is that those other beverages will actually aid in the dehydration process. In other words the more pop, coffee and tea you drink the MORE water you have to take in to rehydrate. For every cup of coffee you have to drink 3- 8oz cups of water to re-place the water the coffee has taken out.
Rehydrating your body is definitely not an overnight process either. It takes a long time to get dehydrated therefore it will take time to become rehydrated. As you rehydrate your body changes will occur- clearer skin, better digestion, regular bowel movements, less headaches, less achiness throughout your body, better joint function, and just simply feeling better!! My recommendation is to start drinking at least a gallon of water a day. I know it sounds like a lot but remember to rehydrate we must over load a little to bring us back into balance. Your pee should be clear or have a tint of yellow. If it isn’t then you are not drinking enough water!! And if you must have a pop or coffee or tea then just make sure you also get that gallon of water down too!
Definitely let me know if you have any questions!
Yours in Health, Dr. Jessica