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How to Manage Your Arthritis
  • May 16th, 2011
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  • Briony Martens BSc ROHP
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Give your body the tools it needs and the opportunity to heal itself and live pain free.

Everything about today's lifestyle promotes inflammation: the foods we eat, the jobs we work, the stressors we are exposed to, and pathogens that are immune system can not control. If we can learn to make better choices towards our diet and lifestyle not only can we live pain free, but we can improve our over all quality of life.

What is Arthritis?-

Includes more then 100 different conditions.
Most common:

- gradual wearing down of cartilage that cushions the joints caused by over use or aging.
- Not an autoimmune disorder, includes inflammation
- Often associated with overuse or injury

Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- an autoimmune disease; bodies own immune system attacks the synovium, resulting in symmetrical inflammation which damages the tissues in and around the joints.
- Often bone surfaces are damaged and scar tissue is formed which narrows the passages between the joints or even fuses the joints together.
- Strongly associated with impaired digestion and food allergies/sensitivities.
- Occurs more frequently in women
Symptoms: pain, stiffness, swelling, fatigue, decreased mobility of joints, night sweats, depression and weight loss.
Causes: hormones that promote inflammation, allergies, heredity, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, some vaccines, hyperactive immune system, stress, and infection.

Managing Arthritis through healthy nutrition

Step One; Identify food allergies and heal the digestive tract so that our body can get more nutrition from food and supplements. Digestive healing with Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm, L-Glutamine and an alkalinizing diet.

Diet: 8-10 glasses of filtered water/day
Avoid: citrus fruits, milk, organ meats, red meat, sugar products and refined grains, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, tobacco, nightshades (potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, etc.), and allergy triggering foods.
Emphasize: sulphur containing foods to aid in repair and rebuilding (asparagus, eggs, onions), fresh vegetables, non-acidic fruits, oatmeal, brown rice, fish, avocados, fresh pineapple (bromelain), fiber (flax, oat bran), fresh fish
Herbs: Alfalfa (mineral source), boswellia (anti-inflammatory), cats claw (pain relief), ginger (anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant), nettle leaf (anti-inflammatory), turmeric (anti-inflammatory, pain relief), white willow bark (anti-inflammatory, pain relief)
Supplementation: Good quality multi-vitamin, mineral supplement, celadrin, glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate, essential fatty acids (Fish Oils), MSM, enzymes, SAM-e., bovine cartilage, homeopathic remedies to stimulate your bodies own healing abilities.
Lifestyle Support
- Dont stop moving, keep gentle movements to maintain proper circulation to the affected area
- Hot/cold compresses, hot baths, saunas
- Topical ointments: Celadrin, Traumeel, Arnica, Zeel
- If overweight, losing even 10 pounds can help
- Non-weight bearing exercises (swimming, yoga)
- Gentle cardio (walking)

Consult one of our in store nutritionist to guide you towards improved health and a pain free lifestyle

References: Vanderhaeghe, Lorna R. Getting a Grip on Arthritis. Toronto: Bearing Marketing Communications, 2004.
Mahan, Kathleen and Sylvia Escott-Stump. Food, Nutrition, & Diet Therapy. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2004.
Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. New York: Avery, 2006.

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