Rheumatoid Arthritis: Hydrate Your Body, Joints to Feel Good

You’ve heard no doubt that staying hydrated is important for overall health. But if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), consuming enough fluids is especially critical for maintaining joints and keeping symptoms at bay.

RA is a disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks joints and other tissues, leading to symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, inflammation, and stiffness.

Lack of Adequate Water May Intensify Joint Pain and Other RA Symptoms

“My rheumatoid arthritis symptoms definitely increase when I don’t drink enough water, or if I’m in extreme heat,” says Eileen Davidson, a rheumatoid arthritis patient, advocate, and author of the Chronic Eileen blog. “I tend to feel more stiffness in my joints and muscles. I have a spike in fatigue, sluggishness, and definite increase in cognitive dysfunction.”

Water plays a vital role in helping different parts of the body function at their best. A lack of liquids can increase inflammation and lessen the amount of fluid that cushions joints. The good news: Simple measures can help you avoid the negative effects of dehydration.

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