Arthritis & Joint Issues: How to heal & alleviate the pain
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases of our time.
It occurs when there is prolonged inflammation of one or more joints in the skeletal system and this usually manifests itself as restriction of motion, movement pain, swelling or redness of the overlying skin.
Just like any dis-ease, you can either choose to treat "the symptom" by suppressing the inflammation with medication, OR you can take a more proactive approach by dealing with "the cause".
For anyone who is ready to go down the "fastest" path of healing, arthritis responds remarkably to extended "fasting" because your body diverts its available energy purely to restoration rather than the constant processing of food.
Fasting can be an extreme measure and is not for everyone, so there are also some beneficial exercises and plant whole foods designed by Mother Nature as skeletal and joint strengthening foods.
Additionally, there are natural remedies available that can help relieve the pain as well as assist with the healing process.
What Causes Arthritis?
Arthritis can be caused by high impact exercise over a long period of time, ageing, injury or under-use of the joints i.e. a "couch potato" type lifestyle.
Also, research points to food reactions and imbalances caused by environmental toxins as sources of all types of arthritis.
Highly acid causing foods like meats tend to also provoke arthritis over time and distance.
Signs & Symptoms
The most commonly reported signs and symptoms people experience normally occur in the joints and include:
- Pain & stiffness
- Swelling & redness
- Difficulty moving & bending joints
- Reduced flexibility
Natural Remedies For Arthritis & Joint Pain
There are a number of steps you can take to turn arthritis around and restore joint mobility and function, including:
Fasting 21 days on water or raw pressed fruit and vegetable juices is the ultimate way to address arthritis, but if that is not a possibility for you, there is also the option to do 14 or 28 Days on nothing but Pulse Sacred Meal and water.
Learn more in Fasting: What You Should Know
Strengthening & Motion Exercises
Each of your joints should expand to its full range of motion on a daily basis.
Daily activities like housework, climbing stairs, basic lifting and bending do not put your joints through their full range of motion.
That's why if you want to maintain great posture and healthy joints in your golden years, it's critical to spend 10-15 minutes each day stretching (best to do after your daily walk or cycle), or doing some form of light strengthening exercise like yoga, swimming or pilates.
These types of activities can add years of mobility to your life!
Inflammation & Pain Relief
Heat helps to relax aching muscles. Cold can numb the area to reduce pain.
Apply these topically to affected areas to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
A plant-based diet loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help eliminate arthritis as well as soothe some of the symptoms.
Some of the best options include:
- Bok Choy
- Silver Beet
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
It's also critical that you avoid processed sugar, flour, processed white grains and commercial grade table salt. All of these can contribute to allergic reactions that aggravate arthritis. And animal fat can lead to autoimmune reactions and gout.
One step closer to having healthy joints and mobility
If you are living in pain there are so many steps you can take to dramatically reduce and even eliminate this discomfort, without resorting to surgeries and toxic medicines.
You can find more on arthritis and other skeletal conditions and foods that heal in Don Tolman's Farmacist Desk Reference - Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine
Tolman Self Care.