Do you have stiffness and pain in your joints very often? You may be experiencing the onset of arthritis. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints followed with pain and swelling in the joint area. It is an abnormal immune disorder where the body’s immune system turns turtle and attacks its own tissues as it attacks foreign invaders.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis conditions. If you have arthritis, it is most likely that you may have Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as they are the most common forms of arthritis. Rubbing of bones against each other causes osteoarthritis whereas dysfunction of the immune system of the body causes rheumatoid arthritis. Age is no bar for this ailment. It may strike adults as well as children as young as 3 years old.
A joint is the junction where the two bones join up. Just as we cover up our body with clothes, bones at the joint cover themselves with the cartilage tissue. The joint works like a piece of machinery. As a machine needs lubrication with oil, the joints also need lubrication to avoid frictional wear and tear due to joint movement. A thin layer of Synovial fluid fills in as the lubricant between the two cartilage tissues. This makes the joint movement smooth without rubbing the bones or the cartilage tissues against one another. Absence of synovial fluid makes you experience inflammation, pain and swelling in the joint area.
If your diagnosis shows the early symptoms of arthritis, there is no need to worry. Water therapy comes to your rescue here. Paul Nanna of Nutrition Health Managers explains how water therapy combats dehydration, which is one of the most widely seen causes of arthritis.
Now, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the trick is to keep the joints well hydrated to avoid drying up of the joint lubricant. Therefore, consuming 8-10 glasses of water ensures proper hydration of the bodily joints. It saves the risk of getting arthritis in the long term.
Water therapy is a natural remedy for arthritis. Most importantly, it is easy to use, has no side effects like other medicines and last but not the least- it costs you zilch!
The next question popping up in your head is how do I do it? Here is a simple systematic guide for you –
How to Take Water Therapy?
Get up in the early morning hours. Without washing your face and without brushing your teeth drink four glasses of water (approximately 1.25 litres).
For next 45 minutes, do not eat or drink anything.
After each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner), drink water only after a gap of 2 hours.
Do not eat anything just before bedtime.
For arthritis, start water therapy 3 times in the first week. From second week onwards, do it daily.
Things to Remember:
In the beginning if you are not able to drink four glasses of water, go easy on your system – start with two glasses of water and increase it slowly.
At first, after consuming water you may have to visit the loo pretty often as the frequency of urination is high. Do not panic! This is normal and it cleanses up your system. In fact, you can make it a part of your lifestyle as it saves you from many other ailments as well. It is a short-term pain, which will reap you long term gain!
You can also use water therapy to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, headaches, obesity, constipation or gastric ailment. The number of days advised for taking water therapy for different ailments are 30 days for diabetes, 30 days for high blood pressure, 10 days for constipation, and 10 days for gastritis.
Apart from water therapy, there are other very effective natural remedies for arthritis to relieve pain and inflammation of the joints.
Have you ever tried water therapy?
- Has anti-inflammatory action
- Reduces high uric acid levels
- Reduces pain and stiffness of the joint.
- Improves joint motility
- Repairs soft tissues and cartilage of the affected joint.