Diseases Health Tips

What is Arthritis and How to Cure it

Arthritis means pain and stiffness in the joints.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

This usually affects the neck, lower back, hips, knees, fingers and toes. It affects ladies most. It often appears or worsens at the menopause in ladies and is encouraged by a hysterectomy for heavy periods. The problem is roughening of the joint cartilage from aging, overuse or other damage.

Contributory factors include an unhealthy diet and certain foods (particularly tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant-) perhaps because they contain certain lectins, substances that can damage joints in some people.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

This begins in wrists, fingers or toes and young women are most likely to be affected. The pill lowers the risk; childlessness increases it and some people inherit a high risk. Pregnancy can improve RA for up to three months after childbirth.

Associated problems include anemia, a poor circulation and trouble with the tendons, eyes, and thyroid gland. RA is an autoimmune disease- one that results from abnormal immune cells behavior. Triggers include certain foods (Wheat, meat, dairy produce, eggs, animal fat, sugar, coffee), stress, infections and certain chemicals (Such as leaking domestic gas)

How to Cure Arthritis:

Food and Drink:

  • Reduce your intake of saturated fat. Have more raw leafy vegetables (Including parsley) and foods rich in essential fats (with a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats)
  • Eat more foods rich in flavonoids (especially proanthocyanidins), beta carotene, Vitamin C, D and E and selenium.
  • Avoid Refined flour and excess intake of salt.
  • Eat more fruits especially the fruits contain vitamin C (For Ex. Orange, Lemon etc)
  • Identify any food sensitivity with an elimination diet. Have half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey in hot water twice a day.
  • Drink a glass of vegetables juice (choose from beets, carrot, cucumber and celery) daily.
  • Drink a cup of ginger tea twice a day- ginger contains powerful antioxidants.

Exercise:

Balance rest and exercise without over-stressing joints. Move painful joints frequently to prevent stiffening. Strengthen the muscles around the joints.

Light Exposure: Daylight exposure helps by warming joints and stimulating vitamin D, estrogens and endorphin production.

Heat and Cold Therapies: Help to ease joint pain with warm, cold or alternating warm and cold treatments.

Breathing Exercises: If you are prone to hyper-ventilating, practice breathing using breathing exercises to counteract a high body-acidity level.

Stress management: Use effective anti-stress strategies to reduce inflammation and pain.
Massage and Aromatherapy: Massage around painful joints with carrot seed oil

Herbal Remedies:

Try a daily cup of tea or dose of a tincture made from one or more of the following: frankincense (Boswellia), celery seed, yarrow, ginger, coriander, black cohos, buckbean, wildyam (rheumatism root), prickly ash, burdock, feverfew, willow bark, poplar bark, elderflowers, clivers (goose grass) and stinging nettle or consult a medical herbalist.

Food Supplements:

  • Glucosamine HCL
  • Vitamin E and selenium
  • Calcium & magnesium
  • Multivitamin
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3

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