After more than a month spent primarily at home, we continue to adapt to changes in the way we eat, work, and exercise. For those living with arthritis and joint pain, staying at home with limited opportunities to go outside may have disrupted some methods used to relieve stiffness and aches. Changes can threaten patterns of healthy behavior, so it’s important to do what you can to maintain a good quality of life.
Even at home, with certain resources readily available, we may experience issues getting what we need. Hydration is a good example. It’s easy to forget to drink the recommended daily amount of water, and when you don’t drink enough you’ll definitely feel it.
Proper hydration not only helps to keep your joints lubricated, but drinking clean water can aid in ridding your body of toxins that cause joint-related illnesses like gout. Hydration also boosts energy, which is beneficial for exercise. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the average man should consume 125 ounces a day, and the average woman about 91 ounces.
The amount of water that’s right for you, however, will vary. You can talk with your physician to determine how many ounces you should drink.
If you aren’t drinking enough to get through the day, make a few adjustments in your new routine to help remind you to hydrate:
- If you’re working remotely, keep a water bottle within reach. You may want to keep track in a journal how much you drink so you know to consume enough.
- When you crave a snack, have an apple or celery sticks – foods with high water content can help supplement your daily intake.
- During exercise, have a glass of water beforehand to maintain alertness, and drink afterward to replace what you expend.
- Listen to your body. When your mouth feels dry, have a drink. After urinating, check the color. The darker your urine, the more hydration is required.
Bon Secours offers a full continuum of care designed to aid patients with chronic illnesses, with online resources available 24/7. If you have questions about joint pain management, contact Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists.