Inflammation is linked to a long list of health problems, from heart disease through to autoimmune disorders. Chronic inflammation is a physiological response gone haywire, and can be brought on by a wide range of things such as stress, obesity, smoking, and alcohol.
If you’re suffering from inflammation, it’s important to tackle it as quickly as possible. There’s a number of things you can do to reduce inflammation in the body—a change in diet, as well as taking anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and supplements such as fish oil1. But does drinking water reduce inflammation in the body? Thankfully, the answer is yes.
Water makes us 90% of our blood, 75% of our muscles, and 25% of our bones. Our entire bodies are 70% water, and to perform all of the biological functions that keep us alive, it needs to be constantly refreshed. This includes our bodies ability to reduce excessive inflammation, to keep us healthy.
How does drinking water reduce inflammation in the body? It’s to do with toxins that build up over time. Our modern world exposes us to numerous toxins every day, whether it’s micro-plastics in the water that we drink, chemicals found in animals that have been given growth hormones, pollutants that spew forth from the tailpipes of millions of cars, or chemicals from personal care products such as shampoo, make-up, perfume, and a whole lot more. We’re exposed to a lot of chemicals every day, and when these build up in our bodies, they can cause inflammation and other health problems.
Our bodies naturally get rid of toxins through bathroom visits, coughing, sneezing, and pretty much any way that we expel liquid. But we can speed up the process by drinking plenty of water, which helps to refresh the toxin-laden water that we have in our bodies, cleansing us as we go. While the jury is still out on the effectiveness of “toxin cleanse” diets online, water is a cheap, accessible, and effective way to flush out the toxins in our bodies, and reduce inflammation2.
If you drink the recommended daily amount of water every day—around 2 litres—and eat anti-inflammatory foods such as broccoli, kale, grapes, avocados, fish, and nuts,3 you’re giving your body everything it needs to fight inflammation. With inflammation managed through plenty of water and a good diet, you’re reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as helping to alleviate horrible symptoms such as fatigue, fever, mouth sores, rashes, abdominal pain, and chest pain. If you want to feel generally healthier from day to day, reducing inflammation by staying well hydrated and eating properly is one of the most effective ways to do so.
- Chronic Inflammation: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment, Healthline (1)
- Madeleine Howell, 2018, How to enjoy an anti-inflammatory diet (which could save your life), Telegraph (2)
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet 101: How to Reduce Inflammation Naturally, Healthline (3)