Episode 2 : Arthritis – More than just Inflammation.

The Pain of Arthritis

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Two types of Arthritis

Arthritis is fuelled by inflammation and where there is inflammation, there is pain.
There are different types of arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD); the wear-and-tear form of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis as a degenerative joint disease usually occurs in older people, but can also be caused by repetitive stress or acute trauma. Whilst we are focussing primarily on RA in this podcast, treatments for both types have a similar base.

Rheumatoid arthritis – RA, is generally an autoimmune condition that causes your body to attack itself and break down its own tissues.  It can be crippling and whilst its progress can be delayed by certain treatments, a “cure” seems a long way off.  As an autoimmune condition, there are methods to help delay the progress and reverse many of the symptoms.

Healing to reduce inflammation

Starting with the diet is key.  Healing the gut is of prime importance in reducing the inflammation and pain of arthritis. Eliminating gluten and casein is very important as a start point for an auto immune dietary protocol.  Optimising vitamin D levels can be useful in treating inflammation.

Be wary of the typical anti-inflammatory approaches such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and analgesics. Whilst these can relieve pain – and there’s a lot to be said for pain relief – it’s very important to understand that the regular, chronic use of these types of medications are associated with very serious, side effects such as kidney and/or liver damage.  Seek out the underlying cause of your problem and treat it “at the root”.

Reduce inflammation:

  • Omega-3 fats – in the form of oily fish, krill oil, hemp seed oil.
  • Glucosamine – shown to be beneficial for osteoarthritis.
  • Acupuncture – safe and effective for pain releif.
  • Lose Weight – those extra kilos puts more pressure on your joints.
  • Regular exercise – maintains bone density and joint function.
  • Astaxanthin – a phyto nutrient found in crabs, salmon, trout, shrimp, and krill.
  • Ginger – anti-inflammatory pain relief.
  • Bromelain – enzyme found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Evening primrose, Black currant & Borage oils – Contain essential and anti inflammatory fatty acid gamma linolenic acid.
  • Curcumin – active constituent of turmeric, powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Boswellia/Frankinsence – Promotes better blood flow in the joints, strength and flexibility.
  • Eliminate sugars & most grains from your diet
  • Increase unprocessed, high-quality plant foods, organic and locally grown if possible.
  • Food sourced as close to nature as possible.

Recipe to keep you healthy:

Immune Tonic

  • ¼ inch fresh grated Turmeric
  • ¼ inch fresh grated Ginger
  • pinch of black pepper
  • Zest and juice of one organic lemon or lime
  • Raw Honey to taste
    Combine all ingredients, add to a pan of water and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes, stirring.
    Drink and enjoy !!

Method

Combine all ingredients, add to a pan of water and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes, stirring.
Drink and enjoy !!

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