Arthritis is inflammation of the joints and it occurs in over 50% of people over the age of 50. A small percentage of cases are due to genetics or injuries, but the vast majority of cases are caused by poor lifestyle decisions such as:Excessive consumption of alcohol or sugar of any kind.
Excessive consumption of red meat, dairy products, and other “unhealthy” foods.
Being overweight, which puts pressure on the joints and causes fat cells to excrete inflammatory molecules.
Some plant foods such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers can also contribute.
Caffeine and tobacco also create acid in the body, which contributes to arthritis.
Most of the dietary factors contribute to excess acid in the body, which gradually eats away at the joints. When people stop eating these foods in favor of a more plant-based diet the pain and inflammation often stops in a matter of days. A good way to test for acid is to use pee strips in the morning before eating or drinking anything. A healthy urine pH level should be 7.0 – 7.4. A good blood test for inflammation is C-reactive protein.
Arthritis can also be treated with prescription medications or nutritional supplements. The most common drugs used are called NSAID’s, which suppress symptoms but do not resolve the underlying causes and actually cause an increase in the deterioration of the joints. There are several safer, more effective, and less expensive natural supplements proven in scientific studies.Curcumin- derived from the spice turmeric, curcumin can reduce inflammation and actually repair damaged cartilage.
Glucosamine- This polysaccharide has been proven effective for joint pain and inflammation. It is sometimes combined with chondroitin and MSM to assist in the repair of damaged joints.
Hyaluronic acid- This polysaccharide helps to rebuild the synovial fluid in the joint for lubrication of the bones.
SAMe- S-Adenosyl methionine is helpful in the methylation or breakdown of many other nutrients that improve the repair of damaged tissue and joints. It has also been studied for its beneficial reduction of depression and other brain related illnesses.
Fish oil- This omega 3 supplement is a strong anti-inflammatory and also improves the ability of cells to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.
Boswellia and ginger- These herbs have both been proven to reduce inflammation and pain caused by arthritis.
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