How to Reduce Inflammation Tip #1: Stay Hydrated
Every day, I see patients come to my clinic with arthritis and different tendinopathies. Many of these patients are experiencing pain due to inflammation in their body. Over the next month, I’d like to share five quick ways to reduce inflammation in your body.
My number one tip is to stay hydrated. If you’re wondering how much water you actually need to be taking in on a daily basis there is an easy formula to calculate that. Simply divide your body weight in half and the number you come up with is the number of ounces of water you need daily to stay hydrated. Of course, if you like to have a cup of coffee, tea, or an alcoholic beverage, then you will need to add extra water for each glass of caffeine or alcohol you consume to keep your hydration up. Not only is the amount of water you consume important, but the quality of water is something else to consider. There are all sorts of contaminants such as, heavy metals, chlorine, and fluoride in most people’s tap water. If you're actually taking in a lot of that kind of water, you're actually going to increase the inflammatory response in your body and have a higher amount of pain. If you’re not sure about the quality of your tap water, you can visit the Environmental Working Group’s website (www.ewg.org) and view their database to see what’s in the water in your area. According to this site, for where I live in San Mateo, California there are eight known carcinogens in our tap water and nine other contaminants. So, if that was what I was drinking every day, I would for sure not be feeling well. Luckily, we use a carbon filter system with a UV light on it to help reduce all those contaminants and kill off bacteria that's in our tap water.
Additionally, many people reach for bottled water thinking it’s a great option. Unfortunately, there's a lot of toxicity in bottled water. If the weather is warm and you have a plastic water bottle in your car, BPA can leach into the water.
By incorporating these easy tips each day, it might just help reduce your inflammation. If you are interested in learning new tips, stay tuned for future videos. Additionally, if you would like a customized treatment plan to help fight your inflammation, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
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