Dehydrated cartilage and ligaments are more brittle and prone to damage. Your joints can also become painfully inflamed when irritants (usually toxins) produced by the body and concentrated in your blood and cellular fluids, attack them - setting the stage for arthritis. 

Hydration & cartilage.

Cartilage is a connective tissue found in many areas of the body including the joints between your bones (eg. elbows, knees, ankles) and between the vertebrae in the spine. 

Water is the main component of cartilage and this content decreases with age. In young people, cartilage is approximately 85% water. In older people, cartilage is about 70% water.

The combination of collagen and water forms a strong and slippery pad in the joint. This pad (called the meniscus) cushions the ends of bones in the joint during muscle movement. 

Ligaments & tendons.

The water content of tendons, the cord-like tissues that attach your muscles to your bones and ligaments, a connective tissue that connects your bones to other bones, decreases as we age. This makes the tissues stiffer and less able to tolerate physical stress. 

This is just a brief insight into how being dehydrated can effect your joints - which then effects how effectively you can move and your level of pain. Is it time for you to refill your drink bottle?