ARTHRITIS

Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not a single disease with a single cause. The causes vary and can be attributed to emotional problems, viral or bacterial infections, or a history of sports-related injuries. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects nearly 27 million Americans. 19 That number is expected to grow as more and more of us are living longer lives.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is found in about 1.5 million adult Americans, with most sufferers being female. This is a more serious condition because it is a chronic inflammatory disease with far-reaching damage that includes bone, cartilage, and inflammation of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Stress and adrenal exhaustion play a big part in the onset of RA. Food allergies and liver malfunction have also been implicated.

Americans ingest millions of NSAID medications like Motrin (ibuprofen) to stop the pain. But NSAIDS have risks and side effects,which include gastrointestinal bleeding along with further progression of the disease.

Arthritis cripples many of us as we age, but it does not have to. There are natural ways to keep your joints pain free and supple.

Arthritis is inflammation of a joint with pain and stiffness.

Symptoms
The most common symptoms of arthritis are pain, swelling, stiffness,and diminished range of motion. It often appears in the weight-bearing joints: the hips, knees, and spine. The first sign of the disease is usually morning stiffness and pain that worsens with movement and activity.

Dietary considerations
Eat a low-fat diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, cold-water fish, cherries, garlic, onions, and green tea. Individuals with arthritis should avoid fried foods, dairy, alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. They should also avoid allergy foods: corn, wheat, rye, eggs, and nightshades (eggplant, chocolate, tomatoes, potatoes, sodas, and peppers).
You can also make yourself a virgin Bloody Mary with tomato juice, a few drops of olive oil, a dash or two of black pepper, and the contents of two capsules of turmeric/curcumin.

Supplement support for arthritis
The following supplements can aid overall health and specifically allow the body to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by arthritis:
• Turmeric (curcumin): two 500 mg capsules daily
• Fish oil: 4,000 mg daily
• Glucosamine sulfate: 1,500 mg
• Enzyme Defense by Enzymedica
• DLPA: 1,000 mg, for pain
• Bromelain: 1,500 mg daily
• Ester-C: 3,000 mg daily, for collagen production
• Pantothenic acid
• Royal jelly, for adrenal rejuvenation
• MSM: 1,000 mg daily
• Chondroitin
• Alfalfa tablets
• A daily green drink

Lifestyle choices
• Dry sauna
• Massage therapy
• Deep breathing
• Stretching exercises
• Therapeutic baths