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How Does Dehydration Affect Rheumatoid Arthritis?

As the season gets colder and the weather drier, it is tough to keep track of how much water we are consuming. We often forget to drink water during colder seasons and this can be the root of multiple problems, including joint pain. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune condition and doesn’t have any direct link with dehydration. However, staying hydrated can help ease the symptoms and reduce inflammation. 

A good amount of water intake helps create synovial fluid. This fluid creates a thin cushion and delivers nutrients to the joint. According to the National Library of Medicine, this fluid helps in reducing friction during any kind of joint movement. 

Staying hydrated can also help people with underlying health issues, as water supports the supply of blood to the heart cells and other organs. 

Causes of Dehydration 

  • Being in extreme weather conditions 
  • Having gastrointestinal issues which cause vomiting, diarrhea or frequent urination
  • Taking medications that cause frequent urination 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Having fever 
  • Not drinking enough water 

Symptoms Of Dehydration 

  • Dry throat 
  • Thirsty all the time 
  • Bad breath 
  • Dry and brittle skin and nails
  • Cracked lips 
  • Lightheadedness and fatigue 
  • Tired 
  • Fainting 

How much water should be consumed?

According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the adequate amount of liquid intake, which can be from beverages and foods, should be as follows:

For an adult man, the quantity should be 3.7 liters daily out of which 3 liters should be from beverages. 

For an adult woman, the quantity should be 2.7 liters daily out of which 2.2 liters should be from beverages. 

These amounts can differ based on your personal condition and experience, but it is recommended by the U.S Center of Disease Control and Prevention, to drink one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes. 

Staying hydrated is important but please also note that too much water intake can be dangerous too. According to Mayo Clinic, excessive water intake can become stressful for kidneys and can cause hyponatremia. This can cause sodium levels to fall in your blood which can cause mind fog, memory loss, confusion, fatigue and dizziness. 

Can Drinking Water Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?

As mentioned earlier, Rheumatoid Arthritis and dehydration do not have any direct link. It can ease some of the symptoms including inflammation, but it can not cure or prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis. To prevent or cure Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is best to consult a medical professional or specialist.  

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