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Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Fibromyalgia are just a few of the over 100 recognised forms of Arthritis
Some of these are now classified as auto-immune conditions, all are of course inflammatory conditions.
Osteoarthritis affects mainly cartilage, the breakdown of this.
In Rheumatoid Arthritis the body over-reacts and attacks the joints, specifically the synovium – the linings of the joints
Psoriatic Arthritis affects joints, connective tissue and the skin
Fibromyalgia is considered a central pain syndrome – this means pain signals are processed differently.
Ankylosing Spondylitis affects the spine & large joints
Conventional treatments include pain killers & anti- inflammatories & steroids – these do alleviate symptoms, but unfortunately they all have side effects.
So, let’s start with ways to deal with these dis-eases from a nutritional perspective
the first place to start is an overview of the diet – many foods are considered pro-inflammatory – all nightshades – potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chill white flour / white rice
processed meats ie salami, bacon, smoked chicken etc
food additives – msg, aspartame, salt fried foods – because AGE happens – advanced glycation end product is a toxin that appears when foods are heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurized. AGEs damage certain proteins in the body, and the body tries to break these AGEs apart by using cytokines, which are inflammatory messengers.
pasteurised dairy products – hard cheeses, milk
many oils – corn oil for example – which these days is found in many processed foods – they are high in Omega 6 fatty acids
citrus may affect- but interestingly lemon in small amounts can be beneficial.
many people find following a vegan diet reduces or eliminates their symptoms altogether – but one needs to ensure that there is a good balance of protein
raw milk , kefir, water kefir are good choices dairy-wise
oily fish like salmon, tuna, sardines lots of omega 3 fatty acids
if you don’t want fish, have flax seeds – a good way to get that is LSA, which you can buy or make
3 cups Linseed, 2 cups Sunflower seeds, 1 cup Almonds – grind all very finely –
good oils include extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil – walnut oil contains 10x the omega 3s that evo does!
good ole anthocyanins – broccoli which also contains sulforaphane
Green tea is packed with polyphenols, antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. Studies also show that another antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) blocks the production of molecules that cause joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Smoothies are a great way to get some of these compounds in
Turmeric, Ginger – use fresh if you find it
Pineapple – not too much
yoghurt – dairy, coco, soy almond / coco milk
If you are going to undertake a detox – go to your health professional please
Exercise of course is essential
swimming, walking, weight bearing, yoga
Are you sitting all day? Invest in an ergonomic chair
Then of course there are the emotional aspects to this spectrum of dis-ease
some of us may look at these as blaming ourselves you know – the ‘I did this to me’ routine that we can go through in our busy busy heads – nothing further from my mind as I talk to this today.
We are where we are – acceptance of how we got here can be a very good thing – that does not mean we are bad, or stupid, or blind – we are where we are – and once we can accept that we got here, then we can begin to move somewhere else.
Louise Hay is always an interesting place to start – it can be quite challenging, and ultimately rewarding, as we work out what’s going on for us.
Arthritis: Feeling unloved. Criticism, resentment. –
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Feeling victimized. Lack of love. Chronic bitterness. Resentment. Deep criticism of authority. Feeling very put upon.
Inflammation – Stiffness –