Many different forms of arthritis affect over 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S., and there are over 100 different types of joint disorders categorized under the term of arthritis. Two of the main types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). With Osteoarthritis, wear and tear damages the cartilage in the joints and causes friction between the bones rubbing together. Injury or infection usually causes Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own lining of the joints and membranes; this results in painful swelling and inflammation.
Common Symptoms of Arthritis
• Swollen Joints
• Joint Pain
• Sensations of warmth or burning
• Decreased range-of-motion
• Limited flexibility
• Loss of strength
Causes of Arthritis
As mentioned, degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are, unfortunately, a primary source of joint and bone inflammation, which is a significant contributor to joint and tendon degeneration. Trauma and injury are the second leading cause of aches, tears, and dislocation. Uric acid levels also cause painful arthritic conditions like gout and arthritis of the toe and thumb joints.
Regardless of the cause, in arthritic individuals, it is often times extremely painful and challenging to exercise, or even perform daily activities that are necessary to live a quality lifestyle. Most people may find that there is little to no relief with over the counter NSAID’s or pain medications. And with the long-term side effects associated with ibuprofen, such as kidney disorders including cancerous tumor growth, natural alternatives are critical for our wellbeing.
Many individuals find great relief from massage therapy and physical therapy, which teaches them how to stretch and reposition their joints and body posture for optimal positioning. Aquatic therapy is also very affective in relieving joint pain and increasing flexibility.
Inflammation’s Role in Arthritis
Along with various diseases and disorders, inflammation in the body is a major cause of arthritis. Getting rid of the inflammatory response with dietary changes is effective for countless individuals.
Foods to Avoid
• Saturated fats
• Trans fats
• Excessive salt
• Refined carbohydrates
• Chemicals like pesticides and artificial sugar
• Stop Smoking
• Limit alcohol
Supplements and Foods to add to your Diet that Alleviate Inflammation and Pain
• Omega-3 Fatty Acid
• Lean Proteins
• Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
• Lemon Water
• Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s always best to speak directly with your physician before completely changing your diet or exercise program.
There are so many other well-researched supplements to help improve arthritis through lowering uric acid levels and inflammation. When you decide to add supplements to your diet, it’s imperative to seek out the highest-quality brands and discuss with an expert in nutrition. FGS Health Food Store (formerly known as For Goodness Sakes Organic Market) owner, Joe Wallen, a certified nutritionist, licensed by the state of Florida, opened FGS in 1984. FGS’ main priority is meeting your nutrition needs and educating the community. With an incredibly well-educated staff, they provide an affordable approach to staying fit for a long and healthy life.
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