How Does Water Retention Affect Joints?


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Roger Clegg Profile
Roger Clegg answered
Water retention, also known as edema, is a fluid imbalance in the body and can affect our joints by putting added pressure on them due to the excess water in the bloodstream which then builds up and around tissues and joints, thus causing pain, discomfort or swelling. Water is a major active component of our cells. However, when there is too much sodium in our bloodstream, water leaves the cells and goes into our bloodstream to help clear and dilute it. This in turn creates a problem if the water then builds up outside the cells around our joints. Water retention usually begins at bottom on the body, such as in the feet and ankles. It can then move up to the spine, neck, fingers, hands and elbows. The most common cause of water retention is excess sodium in the body; however there are other elements which can contribute. Other factors such as nicotine, alcohol and some infections can prompt the body into storing excess water in a specific are to dilute the different chemicals.
The best way to prevent or help this problem is to drink plenty of water. This is a condition which can affect young and old and more often than not - a lack of water intake is the biggest catalyst. It is also beneficial to try and lower the levels of sodium in your diet through your intake of different foods and drinks, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle and trying to limit your intake of negative health factors such as nicotine and copious amounts of alcohol.
caroline Profile
caroline answered
Water collects in the free space around the joints, making them swollen and painful. The tablets eradicate the excess water in the body, and you are doing the right thing by taking a low sodium diet.

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