Nutritional Support for Arthritis

arthritis“Arthritis” is not a disease. It is the name or label given to a single symptom that can have a number of possible causes. “Arthr-“ means “joint” and “itis” means “inflammation.” When your doctor tells you that you have arthritis, all he is saying is that your joints are inflamed. He is not telling you anything about what is causing your condition. Until you know the particular cause in your case, anything you do to help your arthritis is not likely to be successful. The good news is that once you have identified the cause(s), the chances are very good that you will be able to correct it.

There are almost as many variations of arthritis as there are people who have this symptom. That is because of our biochemical diversity as human beings. All of the factors that contribute to arthritis involve nutrition in some way. A proper Nutritional Analysis by a trained professional Nutritionist is invaluable for identifying each individual’s unique nutritional weaknesses. What faulty nutrition has caused, superior nutrition can cure.

Allergies are a top priority for most forms of arthritis. If allergies are involved, then no attempt to heal the condition can be successful unless all of the offending foods are identified and eliminated completely. To the joints, these foods are poisons. A little bit of a poison is still a poison. The good news is that abstinence from the offending foods can bring relief from allergy-induced arthritis.

Most cases of arthritis involve hidden food allergies. Almost any food can be involved, depending on each person’s unique sensitivities. The most common offenders are the nightshade family of foods, milk products, sugar, caffeine, wheat, food additives and preservatives to name a few. In one study of 5,000 arthritis patients that lasted for seven years, over 70% reported gradually increasing relief from aches, pains and disfigurement simply by eliminating nightshades from their diet. Please note that food allergies can be elusive and that a proper nutritional assessment can help find ways to track them down.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a more deeply entrenched form of allergic arthritis. It is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies attack the cartilage and connective tissue surrounding the joints. In addition to hidden food allergies, people with rheumatoid arthritis usually also have weak digestion, low thyroid function and intestinal permeability.

Osteoarthritis is marked by progressive deterioration of the cartilage in synovial joints and vertebrae. Both weak digestion and hidden allergies are usually involved. It is difficult for people to believe that simply by not eating certain foods one may be able to avoid the need for surgery. Total elimination of offending allergic foods over several months often results in gradual improvement.

Gout is an acute form of arthritis caused by abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood. Any joint may be affected by gout, but it is usually starts in the knee or foot. People with gout may need to avoid certain allergic foods and balance out the acidity in their body with proper and balanced nutrition.

In conclusion we see that diet and nutrition plays a vital role in the maintenance of our health and well-being. Often we suffer needlessly by our own diet choices. If you suffer from any arthritic condition try eliminating certain allergic foods from your diet and see what changes take place in your body. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

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