Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Over 30 million Americans struggle with this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control.* I’ve written a couple articles about osteoarthritis in past issues, and here I’ll go over some ways that nutrition can influence arthritis symptoms.
One issue to consider is food allergies. Food allergies or food sensitivities can lead to joint pain, whether or not you have arthritis. A good way to check if you have an issue with certain foods is to do an elimination diet. You can find some information about cleansing diets here: https://www.baumancollege.org/diet-direction/
Dr. Josh Axe states, “When you struggle with an ongoing, unidentified sensitivity, your body constantly sends out inflammatory responses that can cause harm in multiple ways. Food sensitivities and allergies are correlated with an increased chance for developing:… muscle and joint pain, such as from arthritis.” **
Since inflammation is a cause of arthritis pain, eliminating foods that you are allergic or sensitive to can help you reduce inflammation, which is also a leading cause for heart disease, auto-immune diseases, Alzheimer’s and asthma.
You can also do a blood test (such as ELISA)*** to check for allergy-specific antibodies, if you find an elimination diet too difficult, or if the results you get don’t clearly indicate specific foods that you’re reacting to.
Dr. Andrew Weil states, “In recent years, scientists have begun to recognize that misplaced, unnecessary, and prolonged inflammation may be a common root of many chronic, degenerative diseases that until now have appeared to have nothing in common.” **** In his book, Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Well-Being, he has a chapter on the anti-inflammatory diet that can guide you.
Inflammation serves its purpose in the short-term – to bring nutrients and immune response to an injured area. But when that inflammation doesn’t turn off after the injury is healed, or travels to other parts of the body, it does damage.
One supplement that could help you is “Xango” juice. My former landlady and a cousin of mine both said this mangosteen juice helped them tremendously with their arthritis pain. The mangosteen (“Garcinia mangostana”) is a small fruit from Southeast Asia that has many types of phytonutrients that can support the body’s health and well-being. I became a distributor of Xango juice years ago, but didn’t find that it helped me – however, I didn’t have arthritis!
You can read about how GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in food can lead to “leaky gut syndrome” or intestinal permeability in my article here from December 2014. (https://sonomabodybalance.com/2015/01/hidden-cause-joint-pain/)
One other common food that has been linked to reducing arthritis pain is cinnamon. Norm Shealy, MD mentions the health effects of cinnamon on his website:
https://normshealy.com. Cinnamon is delicious and easy to add to smoothies, oatmeal, chai, coffee or tea.
If you’d like to find a nutritionist to help you through this process, you could visit www.baumancollege.org and ask for a referral, especially if you’re in Sonoma County, California.
And, remember that when you sit, stand or move in the typical American misaligned posture, your joints are in a stressed position, which causes wear and tear and can lead to pain and osteoarthritis, among other conditions. So in addition to following a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet, practice healthy postural alignment. You can find articles on my blog and also watch my YouTube video for tips (also found on my home page at sonomabodybalance.com.
- Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Well-Being, Andrew Weil, MD
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