How Dehydration Can Cause Chronic Pain

When you first hear of dehydration, you may think of headaches, dry skin, dry lips and premature aging or kidney issues. That is not always the case. Dehydration can cause or worsen additional issues including chronic pain. Our bodies are made up of 30 trillion cells. When these cells do not get proper hydration, they can shrink and cause several health issues. When you become dehydrated, your body goes into survival mode by pulling water from non-life sustaining areas and sends it to the heart, brain and liver.

Your body may use the symptoms of chronic pain to warn you of chronic dehydration. Water makes up the majority of our cartilage. If that water is depleted, cartilage thins resulting in joint pain. You may also experience stomach, muscle and/or back pain along with headaches.

Other signs and symptoms of dehydration can include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Darker urine
  • Decrease in urine frequency

You may think drinking other fluids other than water can prevent dehydration. Tea, coffee and sodas may contain water, but they also include caffeine which is a diuretic. These beverages cause your body to flush some of its water reserves. So you may think you’re staying hydrated, but it’s actually the other way around.

Be sure to drink water throughout the day. Drinking a large quantity of water at once isn’t helpful. Our bodies can only handle so much at one given time. Drink water consistently throughout the day in 8 oz increments to allow your body to absorb it properly. How much water should you drink? Some studies suggest dividing your body weight by two and that result is the number of ounces you should drink. If you find that number to be difficult to keep track of, purchase a reusable water bottle that is at least 20 oz. Keep track of the number of 20 oz bottles you complete throughout the day.

How much water should you drink? Some studies suggest dividing your body weight by two and that result is the number of ounces you should drink. If you find that number to be difficult to keep track of, purchase a reusable water bottle that is at least 20 oz. Keep track of the number of 20 oz bottles you complete throughout the day.

In the end, stay hydrated! It is more beneficial than you think.

 

 

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