Why Do You Suffer From the Arthritis Pain?
The word arthritis means “inflammation” of a joint. It refers to over 100 diseases. Degenerative joint pain and rheumatic diseases include gout, lupus, arthritic spine, psoriatic arthritis (skin and nail), bacterial joint infection, fibromyalgia and rheumatism. Today more than 40 million Americans are afflicted. It is the number one cause of disability in the US. The two most common forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: Pain in the affected joint(s). Swelling, pain and stiffness. Continuous pain, even at rest.
Rheumatoid arthritis includes: Swollen, warm, painful joints, especially after periods of inactivity. Fatigue and occasional fever. Symmetrical pattern of inflammation, for instance one wrist as well as the other also. The small joints of the body, hands, fingers, feet, toes, wrists, elbows and ankles. As the disease progresses, the joints become deformed and freeze in one position.
What all forms of arthritis have in common is the joints have been subjected to stress, mechanical, biochemical or infectious. The stress leads to irritation of the tissues that cause inflammation. IN advanced cases, irreversible deformation and degeneration may occur. The foundation for healing is in breaking the cycle by reducing inflammation and removing the source of irritation. Once this is done nutrition can be used to aid the body’s ability to heal itself.
Remove the sources of irritation.
Reducing mechanical stress is an important key. This is often the result of repetitive habits of movement and posture. Correcting structural alignment through stretching, yoga, massage, or other forms of bodywork will help. If excess weight is putting stress on joints, then obviously losing weight is going to help. Mild exercise will improve blood and lymph flow. Where there is infection obviously, it will need to be dealt with using appropriate remedies. Where the cause of stress is biochemical, improving the diet is an important step. Wheat, dairy, corn, GMO’s and chemicals in our food have been implicated in triggering arthritis. Nightshade vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and green peppers should be eliminated. Coffee and tobacco have also been linked to increased risk. Citrus fruits may also cause problems in some people also. Gentle fasting, fruit and vegetable juice diets and mild food diets can help to strengthen the body’s ability to naturally reduce inflammation, clear toxins from the system. Cooking with good herbs like ginger and turmeric, which have anti-inflammatory properties as well as salmon, and oily fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids which also combat inflammation.
Provide Nutrition to the Joints
This is a 3-day nutritional arthritis cleanse: Include at least six glasses of pure cool water daily. On rising take a glass of lemon juice. Breakfast, take a potassium broth or glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice. Mid morning, apple or black cherry juice or a green drink. Lunch, have a cup of miso soup with sea greens snipped on top, and a glass of fresh carrot juice. Mid-afternoon have another green drink, or alfalfa/mint tea. Dinner have a glass of cranberry/apple, or papaya juice or black cherry juice. Before bed take a glass of celery juice or a cup of miso soup and 1 tbsp. of nutritional yeast. Follow your detox with fresh foods diet for 1 month. 1) Fresh fruits and vegetables, with lots of green leafy greens. 2) Low sulfur containing foods such as broccoli, onions, cabbage and garlic. 3) Fiber keeps crystalline wastes flushed. eat whole grains like rice and oats. 4) Bioflavonoids strenghen tissues. Eat or drink cranberries, grapes. 5) Cold water fish like salmon for high omega-3 oils twice a week.
Also helpful in calcium including Vit D, silica, boron and magnesium. MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin helps heal a variety of ailments. Collagen is another major supportive tissue in the human body. GLA is important because the body converts it to compounds with strong anti-inflammatory and immune regulating effects.