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IS ARTHRITIC PAIN MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO PERFORM NORMAL DAILY TASKS?

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Fight Arthritic Pain and Inflammation with Nature's Most Powerful Remedies

Arthritis can cause big problems for your joints, including pain and stiffness, which is usually associated with inflammation. This inflammation can damage the cartilage surrounding your joint structures, leading to bone rubbing against bone. The end result is joint weakness, deformities or instability. Consequently, finding it difficult to complete daily tasks such as walking, driving a car or preparing foods is common place.

Fortunately, nature offers you many powerful ways to combat arthritis and to protect your joints.

Be careful though…what you eat can be bad for your joints
Your body prefers an alkaline environment. When it becomes too acidic it can produce inflammation and cause joint cartilage damage. Excessive sugars, refined carbohydrates and processed foods with preservatives aggravates our inflammatory factors. For example, it is common for processed hams, bacon and salami to aggravate the increased level of acid associated with gout, which is another form of arthritis.

There are other foods which can aggravate inflammation inducing joint pain. Traditionally, it has been recommended to avoid foods such as tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and capsicum. Plus the high consumption of fried foods, alcohol and hydrogenated fats found in baked items will aggravate your body to make inflammatory hormones.

Foods which are good for your joints
Increasing the intake of good fats, such as fish oil and deep sea fish, increase your ability to make good anti-inflammatory hormones. Also include good fats such as avocado and macadamia oil as a salad dressing to help keep your joints lubricated.

Rheumatoid arthritis is linked to an autoimmune condition. The removal of gluten and an increased intake of antioxidants, like grapeseed extract, for its OPC content, have shown favourable results in clinical applications.

Osteoarthritis is characterised by the wear and tear of the ligaments and joints. It is a major contributor to knee replacements. Green Lipped muscle extract is a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin. It helps improve the structure and strength of cartilage and ligaments. Green Lipped muscle is often taken in conjunction with MSM, a sulphur based substance, which helps build collagen and breaks inflammation.

Herbal remedies to help arthritis
Currently Turmeric (curcuma longa) is very popular. Also known as Curcumin, this Indian spice contains active constituents called “curcuminoids”. These powerful antioxidants have been scientifically researched to find the mechanism of their anti-inflammatory action. Whilst these studies are not yet complete, this ancient herb is providing a lot of relief to arthritis sufferers, for its ability to break inflammation.

Suffering pain and inflammation can have a huge impact on your life. Herbs offer a safe alternative to provide some relief. White Willow bark belongs to the same family as aspirin. It can be found in combination with traditional Chinese herbs such as Boswelia.

It’s important to remember to keep up gentle exercise and stretching. If you’re feeling sore, an occasional Magnesium flake bath can help. If you have restricted movement for exercise or bathing, consider hydrotherapy. The pools’ ability to support your body weight enables you to move gently. If you’re unsure, consult an exercise physiologist. When we feel sore it tends to affect our posture and induces muscle tension. This restricted movement makes getting in and out of a bath or pool difficult. Making a Magnesium Powder drink, which is easy to absorb and pleasant tasting could be the way to go.

Get the right advice for you!
Not everyone is going to respond to the same approach. It’s important to talk with a trained health consultant regarding your personalised anti-inflammatory health plan and to prevent any possible medical drug interactions. Please contact 5498 3384 to make an appointment with your Healthshop Naturopath. Our trained staff are familiar with remedies suitable for managing arthritis.

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Article by Amanda Schultz - Advanced Diploma in Applied Science, Naturopathy