Did you know, Arthritis affects 80% of people over 50 in the United States? It is the leading cause of disability and the number one crippling disease in America. And that doesn’t include those, like me, suffering from one or more of the arthritis, like diseases including gout, bursitis, tendinitis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis and many more. My experience with arthritis-like disease, unfortunately didn’t wait till my 50’s, it began after an severe auto accident in my 30’s. I was well on my way to a degree in Holistic Medicine, so I resisted using prescription medication, as much as possible. I have successfully treated my conditions, after the acute onset, with diet, supplements, and other natural treatments. Read on if you want to know how to treat your arthritis and/or arthritis-like disease naturally.
Dietary and Lifestyle Support Therapies:
One of the most important things you can do to help relieve and even help your body to heal-YES! I said heal! Drink plenty of distilled water. Yes, it can be that simple! Drinking more water helps restore healthy cartilage as it relieves osteoarthritis symptoms.
The condition can be eased by focusing your diet on a largely vegetarian diet and focusing on getting protein from nuts, seeds, and oily fish. A reduction in the intake of fat, processed foods, meat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates may help.
Watch for food allergies and intolerances as they can aggravate arthritis, although you should always consult with your health care provider before eliminating any foods from your diet.
Article on Inflammation HERE.
Arthritis Natural Treatments Including Medical Marijuana. Best strains for certain conditions HERE.
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Cut down on: Alcohol, fried foods, dairy foods, black tea, salty, highly spicy foods.
Taking Glucosamine-Chondroitin sulfate, a specific nutrient for arthritis, is the molecule in cartilage that attracts and holds water. Healthy joints are 85 to 90% water, but since cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply, chondroitin sulfate aids chondroitin in providing joint nourishment, waste removal, and lubrication.
Supplement with a good multivitamin and mineral. Studies show a lack of antioxidant nutrients, especially Vitamin C, Vitamin A, E, and B6 are valuable, as are Zinc and Copper, for the production of collagen and maintenance of normal cartilage. (Citrus fruits are the best source of Vitamin C, but they can increase acidity in the body, therefore exacerbating symptoms.) Preferred natural sources of Vitamin C like Strawberries, kiwi fruit, mangoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and carrots, should be consumed since they don’t cause acidity in the body.
Additional supplements that help: MSM, Quercetin with Bromelain, Turmeric, SAMe, and CoQ10.
Topical treatments Aloe Vera gel, capsaicin cream, Emu oil, and Outback Pain Relief.
Epsom Salt Baths
Alternating heat and cold therapy
Watch out for stress and insufficient exercise, they both contributed to inflammation and stiffness in joints.
Recipes for anti-inflammation:
Pineapple & Ginger Crush
1 medium pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces
1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled
Put pineapple and ginger through juicer, pour over ice, serve immediately, serves 2
Arthritis and Medical Marijuana:
Medical marijuana is helping people with arthritis improve their quality of life.
Arthritis is one of the most common health ailments in the world, with more than 50 million people are affected in the United States alone. The term arthritis is actually a category of disease that includes over 100 conditions affecting joints and surrounding tissue. Some symptoms of arthritis include pain, swelling, aching joints and stiffness. Unfortunately there is no known cure for the many rheumatoid illnesses that fall under the heading of arthritis. Medical marijuana has a better safety profile than the NSAIDS, steroids and opiates that are often prescribed to reduce arthritis pain and discomfort. These drugs come with increased risk of weakened bones, heart attack, stroke and addiction. If patients use medical marijuana as a complementary therapy, they could potentially cut back on using harsh, more dangerous meds. It’s no surprise that medical marijuana could offer arthritis sufferers relief. Medical marijuana is however known to be as much as 20 times more effective than aspirin at reducing inflammation and can be an effective sleep aid. Research certainly supports this. Some patients and physicians will wait until there is irrefutable evidence before trying medical marijuana as an alternative therapy. Others will not wait for more information and seek to improve their quality of life with medical marijuana now. What we do know is as more states come online with regulated medical marijuana, more patients will have an alternative to consider, and having options is always a good thing.
Who Uses Medical Marijuana for Pain?
But people living with rheumatic conditions that affect joints and connective tissue, like arthritis often endure severe pain, and many of them use medical marijuana. One study published in the Journal of Opioid Management found 80 percent of medical marijuana users in a US pain clinic were using cannabis to treat myofascial pain, pain that affects muscle and tissue. Among medical marijuana users in Canada, 65 percent said they use medicinal marijuana to treat their arthritis.
Chronic pain is often a symptom of arthritis, and when it comes to chronic pain, we have multiple patient’s data showing that THC [the active ingredient in cannabis] effectively treats it. Cannabinoids stop the transmission of pain and decrease inflammation, and that’s important for people with joint issues. Article on Natural Pain Relief.
The information here is NOT medical advice. Do not institute any changes in your current health programs without consulting your Medical provider. For medical advice please consult your private physician or preferred health service provider.
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