If you want to reduce joint pain, it helps to think about it in somewhat simplified terms. What do I mean by this? Western medicine calls joint pain and swelling, “inflammation.” In other words, fire. And one of the most effective ways to put out a fire is… water.
I told you it was simplified. But hear me out.
Watch for the Signals
All sorts of signals from your body represent emergency calls for water. These include heartburn, colitis (any medical word that ends in ‘itis,’ means inflammation), fibromyalgia, headaches and arthritis. At a deep level, all of these have in common a certain level of dehydration.
The biggest proponent of treating disease with water was Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D. He felt strongly that many diseases could be eliminated when the body is adequately hydrated. And he had lots of case studies where he demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach.
The basic idea behind using water for joint pain is that your body values water so much that if you don’t have enough it will isolate water in the most crucial areas, such as the brain. As a result, other parts of your body don’t have enough water to complete normal functions and clear out toxic waste. The result is pain, a signal that there isn’t enough water in your system.
You might visualize it like this: In the same way that a plum becomes a prune when you remove the water, your cells shrivel up without sufficient hydration. In this shrunken state they can’t function normally, or even heal themselves.
What You Can Do
The solution? Drink more water, of course. The trick is how you drink it. Since your body only absorbs water in small amounts at the deepest levels, the best approach is drinking about 4 ounces an hour. This means about 4-6 sips.
This way, over the course of the day you’ll drink 8 cups of water in 12 hours. The difference is that your body will use the water more effectively than if you drank even more, but all at once.
Also, avoid other drinks. Soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee, tea, milk and sports drinks are wet, but they aren’t water. Most of them actually dehydrate you rather than give you more water deep in your cells where you need it.
Why haven’t you heard about this from your doctor, the government or your pharmacist? The truth is there is very little financial gain in using water to cure anything. You can’t patent water and charge hundreds of dollars for a month’s worth.
So if you have any type of chronic or reoccurring pain, consider increasing your water intake and see if it helps. You’ll need to give it some time, but you will probably notice improvements within 4-6 weeks of following the program.