Did you know, Arthritis affects 80% of people over 50 in the United States? It is the leading cause of disability and the number one crippling disease in America. And that doesn’t include those, like me, suffering from one or more of the arthritis-like diseases – gout, bursitis, tendinitis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis and many more. My experience with arthritis-like disease, unfortunately didn’t wait till my 50’s, it began after an severe auto accident in my 30’s. I however was well on my way to my doctorate in Holistic Medicine, so except for on prescription medication, I have been able to treat my conditions with diet and supplements. Read on if you want to know how to treat your arthritis and/or arthritis-like disease naturally.
Dietary and Lifestyle Support Therapies
One of the most important things you can do to help relieve and even help your body to heal-yes! I said heal- is drink plenty of distilled water. Yes, it can be that simple! Drinking more water helps restore healthy cartilage as it relieves osteoarthritis symptoms.
The condition can be eased by focusing your diet on a largely vegetarian diet and focusing on getting protein from nuts, seeds, and oily fish. An overall reduction in the intake of fat, processed foods, meat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates may help.
Watch for food allergies and intolerances as they can aggravate arthritis, although you should always consult with your health care provider before eliminating any foods from your diet.
Cut down on: Alcohol, fried foods, dairy foods, black tea, salty, highly spicy foods.
Taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin sulfate, a specific nutrient for arthritis, is the molecule in cartilage that attracts and holds water. Healthy joints are 85 to 90% water, but since cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply, chondroitin sulfate aids chondroitin in providing joint nourishment, waste removal, and lubrication.
Supplement with a good multivitamin and mineral. Studies show that a lack of antioxidant nutrients, especially Vitamin C, Vitamin A, E, and B6 are very valuable, as are Zinc and Copper, for the production of collagen and maintenance of normal cartilage. (Citrus fruits are the best source of Vitamin C, but they can increase acidity in the body, therefore exacerbating symptoms.) Preferred natural sources of Vitamin C like Strawberries, kiwi fruit, mangoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and carrots, should be consumed since they don’t cause acidity in the body.
Additional supplements that help: MSM, Quercetin with Bromelain, Turmeric, SAMe, and CoQ10.
Topical treatments Aloe Vera gel, capsaicin cream, Emu oil, and Outback Pain Relief (contains; Tea tree and Eucalyptus oils see earlier post Product Review: Outback Pain Relief)
Epsom Salt Baths
Alternating heat and cold therapy
Watch out for stress and lack of exercise, they both contributed to inflammation and stiffness in joints.
Recipes for anti-inflammation:
Pineapple & Ginger Crush
1 medium pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces
1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled
Put pineapple and ginger through juicer, pour over ice, serve immediately, serves 2
Meme’s Healing Juice (see earlier post by the same name)
**personal note: I have successfully treated my arthritic illnesses successfully, like I said in the open of this article, with these therapies and suggestions for over 10 years. With the exception of one prescription medication, with very low side effects, I treat my conditions naturally and have had a good deal of symptom relief and no worsening of pain and functioning.