Do You Have Hand Problems? Drink More Water!

I went in to see hand surgeon Dr. Robert Markison yesterday about the problem of my right hand getting cold. It’s called “primary Raynaud’s episode,” and is due to restricted flow of blood to the hands. I mention this because I think it may be helpful to people with hand problems.

(I wrote about this, and Markison a few days ago here:

The main thing he convinced me to do is to drink more water. He say 4 quarts a day, I’m starting with two (a half gallon). I’m going to fill a half-gallon container each morning and make sure it’s gone by the end of the day.

He says that the body will divert water, especially if you eat grains and bread, to keep things moving through your digestive mechanism, and this leaves less blood to go to the hands. He does a “paleo diet” himself (meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruit) and cooks in parchment to retain moisture. He thinks a lot  of physical problems come from dehydration.

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I’m getting back into using it regularly.

Let’s face it: prolonged computer usage causes physical problems.

6 Responses to Do You Have Hand Problems? Drink More Water!

  1. George G says:

    Water to cure Raynauds syndrome ?
    Don't get your hopes up.
    What the doctor is saying is that he has no flippin idea what is causing it.
    And certainly no idea how to cure it.
    At least water is free and the body can cope with what is excess to its needs by pissing it out.
    All animals including humans have a marvellous system to guide how much water the body needs – its called thirst.

  2. Lloyd Kahn says:

    No, I think he has a very good idea what's causing it, even if not accepted by the scientific establishment. I'm on the road now, no time to write you of my personal experiences with water in long-distance running and the effect it has on cardiovascular [and mitochondrial] muscle function), but here's something I agree with — altho I believe the amount of water in males is closer to 60%. (We'll see what happens with me and greatly increased water intake from now on.)

    "Water is your body's most important nutrient, is involved in every bodily function, and makes up 70- 75% of your total body weight. Water helps you to maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from your body. 
Everyone should drink at least 64 ounces per day, and if you exercise or are overweight, even more. Your blood is approximately 90% water and is responsible for transporting nutrients and energy to muscles and for taking waste from tissues. 
If you are not getting enough water, your body will react by pulling it from other places, including your blood. This causes the closing of some smaller vessels (capillaries), making your blood thicker, more susceptible to clotting, and harder to pump through your system."

  3. Anonymous says:

    thanks Lloyd – had cold hands/feet all my life but beginning to notice it more. already considering going more pseudo-paleo this year (foraging/roaming), definitely proves I need to ditch coffee for water. (and take the laptop for a walk…)
    thanks for the stretching btw – grew up with your stretches. meanwhile genX friends are definitely becoming stiff – keep pointing to the app! -zolie

  4. Anonymous says:

    another fit "old" person

    Across the Atlantic – in a garden shed: Most 84-year-olds would settle for a Saga cruise. But this ancient mariner had other ideas

  5. Anonymous says:

    above re the water and your Raynaud's.

    Has the extra water made significant improvement?

    Another thing I have run across which may help Raynaud's and also general muscle function and well being, is plain old yellow mustard.

    Put a bit of the Dry Powdered in whatever, or have the ready made on sandwhich, or if out and about, pack some fast food mustard packs.

    Reported to be used by many runners prior to "setting out"/muscle cramps/Raynaud's type symptoms and more.

    Mustard Muscles
    Mustard Cramps
    Mustard Raynaud's

    doesn't need a "lot" of mustard, try a bit everyday for a week or so, or if cramps/symptoms develop try a bit.

  6. Anonymous says:

    feeling a tad "fluish", or as if the flu is coming on? Chew a bit of Star Anise.

    well then….

    maybe we could all just chew a tiny bit of Star Anise to ward off flu?

    And, maybe all those old wives tales of tribal medicine/Chinese medicine/native medicine had a lot more to

    them than modern pharma would have you believe?

    after all there is no money for Pharma, if you pick up some Star Anise at your local Organic Store…

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