Water, Arthritis, And Healthy Aging
Water arthritis and healthy aging in the same sentence? Can this be magic?
Having had arthritis for many years, I did not believe it either. (For those who do not know, the description and meaning of the word arthritis? It is pure and simply Joint Inflammation. )
However, after a few weeks of working with the drinking more water therapy, the “proof is in the pudding.”
Out with the over-the-counter pain medication.
A 20 year plus over the counter pain reliever habit has bitten the dust. That fact alone is making me feel better every day.
I am happier. Enjoying retirement more. Have more energy. Yes, all that stuff that I have been researching has proven true for me.
A disclaimer here
Please know that while this has been a very beneficial program for me, it may not work that way for you. Do not discontinue any medications, or anything else without consulting your physician
I just had to share my results
They are that great.
The research into drinking water to lose weight led me to remember a book I bought back in the mid 90’s. “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, M. D.
The reason that the book caught my eye? I had just realized how little water my parents were drinking. They did not consume very much liquid at all.
“Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, M. D.
My parents just did not realize what they were doing to their bodies.
In fact, when the Dr. asked Mom if she drank water, her reply was “Why, yes I do. I get a drink every time I get thirsty.”
I knew by my observation that she drank very little water, maybe a glass a day. A small glass. She just did not get thirsty.
When offered a bottle of water, she always refused, saying, “I would never get that all drank.” Of course, she was not getting out much in the first days of everyone having a bottle of water.
Observed problems from drinking too little water.
This theme continued through her years, and as I moved more into the role of caregiver, it became apparent that this was causing her problems. Her medications had to be changed often.
The tests she had to have done every 6 months were not giving very good news. Her kidneys were not getting enough water to keep her system flushed out. She had gotten out of the habit of being thirsty.
So I purchased the book, skimmed through it, and passed it on to her. It went on her bookshelf, probably not to be opened again.
When the last of the personal items from Mom’s apartment in assisted living were brought to my house, the book was still there. It ended up on my bookshelf.
A reason I think that “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
For some reason mid-summer, I noticed it on the bookshelf and started glancing through it. At the time I was experiencing a great deal of discomfort from arthritis.
Also, the realization that the Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve that I had been taking for many years were no longer as effective as they “used” to be.
This arthritis pain was getting to be discouraging. I was thinking that here at the ripe old age of 76, I might have to give in and request some help from my Dr.
The thought of going to the prescription medication was one I had dreaded. Most people that I knew who had to take these forms of medication seemed to develop other problems, and complications as time went by.
It was time to drink water
Being a firm believer in delaying this as long as possible, I was in the right frame of mind to give this a try after reading of the success of the program. Reviewing the relief that others had gotten.
Can it really be that simple?
So that is when water arthritis and healthy aging got started
Of course, I knew they would probably not have added information about the ones that drinking water did not help. That was a possibility as well.
However, as the future looked bleak to me with a prescription drug. I wanted to delay this move. I had been studying, as stated earlier, the claims that drinking more water would help you lose weight.
So I had already been increasing my water intake. This is something I found hard to do. I do not know why but increasing the water I was drinking was difficult.
In an effort to figure out how much more I needed to drink, I stopped pushing to add more. When I started keeping up with how much I actually drank. There was the surprise to find that I was only drinking about 40 to 50 oz of water a day. (My body weight is considerably more than 80 to 100 lbs.)
Back to the drawing board for a new plan
So, there was a 2 week period of trying to increase the amount of water I drink a day.
Surprisingly, it takes a while for some of us to find that happy balance. It took nearly a month and is still not a habit. I still have to think about it to get it done.
There was the problem of helping my kidneys get accustomed to the extra workload. Some days I was concerned that I might night make it to the bathroom in time.
Not 30 anymore
It became obvious that this would take time. Maybe a 30-year-old person could make the changes overnight. This retired senior citizen would require some adjustment time. Of course, this is only natural, but sometimes I forget that I am not 30 anymore.
Anyhow, there was an adjustment period time of getting to the recommended water consuming level. As my goal was to drink 1/2 the ounces in water plus 40% more, for the number of pounds I weighed, I was looking for weight loss levels.
At this point, I was not getting to the goal number of ounces. However, I was improving. I continued to read about water and how good it is for you.
Then I got to the arthritis relief information
I was nearly at the level of water recommended for pain relief.
I could do that.
So, I quite taking the over-the-counter pain medication, cold turkey. I did have a 4 day period that I did not feel well at all. I took a nap every day, sometimes two for those 4 days.
Then I began to feel better. I had been spending some time with the heating pad on my knee. In September. In a year of a record mild fall season, in the hill country of Texas. Was not very comfortable, but offered some relief.
However, as the over-the-counter stuff got out of my system, that helped.
So long story short, I have only taken the over- the- counter stuff one time the past many weeks. We were flying home from a little trip.
You are always more tired on the return flight. The angle my knee is bent is particularly uncomfortable.
By now the medication was out of my system enough. The Motrin is working like it is supposed to. Is so nice.
This is not the pain I had that made me reach for the over-the-counter stuff to start with.
As I continue to work with drinking more water
I think my body is getting the water that is needed to start to heal itself.
I have had both hips replaced. About 12 years ago.
Arthritis pain and I are old acquaintances. There has been a copper sleeve on my knee for a bit over a year.
I would sometimes take the medication 3 to 6 times a day. Even when it did not help the pain, it would help me sleep.
How much water do you drink?
This is beside the coffee, tea, or other liquids you may drink?
Pure Plain Ole Water?
If you are still having some pain after several days, don’t give up. Remember, that is much more water than most retired senior citizens drink on a daily basis.
You may need to work up to the amount.
The fact that I had been trying to get to the weight loss level of water daily, I had given my body a head start to the whole process. There was already some healthy results, but not the weight loss level I was searching for.
I still haven’t been able to consume that much yet.
Right now I have 1 glass of water first thing in the morning Then when I go for the 2nd cup, of coffee, I drink another one. Then I drink 1 glass before I walk, one when I get back from the walk. 1 glass before my bowl of oatmeal, 1 during the time I am eating.
I try to drink a glass several times in passing the refrigerator all day. Then 1 before and 1 after dinner.
If there is a snack, one before that as well. The total of 80 or so ounces a day is still short of the ideal amount. However is more than the 40 to 50 I did drink. I will get to the recommended amount. It will just take time.
I keep a plastic container that holds 100 ounces in the refrigerator.
This is such an easy change to help to age well.
To not have so much arthritis pain after 25 years.
Such a positive move.
When I feel a twinge of pain in the knee, I know this is my body telling me to get a drink of water. Not take a pain reliever.
Do you need to take stock of how much water you drink a day?
Write it down
How can you add to your totals? There are so many benefits to drinking enough water.
Claim the rewards of healthy aging for yourself. Click here for my simple plan to easily drink 80 ounces of water a day.