Given that arthritis is one of the most common causes of disability, contributing to absenteeism and frequent visits to the physician, it is worth investigating how arthritis can be relieved naturally and without reliance on medications.
Arthritis is a joint disorder, its name derived from the Greek words for “joint” and “inflammation”. The common symptoms for all arthritis disorders include pain, swelling and joint stiffness, caused primarily by the inflammation that occurs around the joint. Even gout, often labeled “the rich man’s disease”, is a form of arthritis.
What creates inflammation in joints? Excess uric acid. Uric acid is a natural by-product created in the body from eating animal products, including meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products. The build-up of uric acid in the joints creates inflammation, which in turn leads to the aforementioned pain, swelling and ultimately joint stiffness. It is the job of the kidneys to flush out uric acid, however when the influx of uric-acid-producing foods is too great, the kidneys cannot keep up. Arthritis is the result.
Admittedly, food is not the only contributing factor to arthritis. Other factors – alcohol consumption, coffee/caffeine intake, excess body weight, and sedentary lifestyle – also contribute to a build-up of uric acid in the joints.
How does one alleviate the pain and suffering of arthritis and re-gain their health and vitality? There needs to be a lifestyle switch – in which one reduces the bad habits while increasing the good habits. Even such simple changes as:
- drink a minimum of 2 liters of water per day (3 liters is even better)
- consume fresh fruit every day, especially apple, papaya and pineapple which have strong digestive properties and can clean out the affected joints
- include vegetables and dark greens daily in the diet, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, arugula, as chlorophyll has exceptional cleansing and healing properties.
- reduce consumption of the foods which lead to inflammation of the joints – dairy, meat, chicken, seafood, coffee, carbonated drinks, white flour products, alcohol, and greasy foods.
- Participation in physical activity, at least 4 times per week.
To take fruits and vegetables to the next level – the juicing of fresh fruits and vegetables can also contribute in the alleviation of arthritic symptoms. For example, a simple juice blend of fresh carrot, beet, apple and parsley will promote the excretion of excess acids while improving digestion and nutrient absorption. Drinking a few glasses per day of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, packed with minerals and vitamins, can speed both cleansing and healing.
Typically, the most difficult lifestyle change for arthritis sufferers is to get back into a physical activity, as stiff arthritic joints limit the range of movement. Although exercise of the arthritic joints is encouraged to improve muscle strength, endurance, balance and flexibility, taking the first step is a bit of a Catch-22, as one needs some fundamental strength, endurance and balance to participate even at the outset.
A logical, easy and entry-level solution is to use whole body vibration (WBV) training. Great strides towards improved health and vitality can be made just by spending 10 minutes a day, 5 times per week on a whole body vibration machine.
How does whole body vibration work? The pivotal vibration plate stimulates muscle contractions causing an increase in blood circulation through the blood vessels and efficient flow of lymph fluid, resulting in a faster and more efficient elimination of the body’s toxins.
The whole body vibration training allows one to go through physical therapy and rehab with less pain and without drugs. All the while, WBV can improve energy, increase range of motion, rebuild healthy muscle tissue, increase circulation, and reduce tension and stress in a very short time-frame.
By taking responsibility for your health into your own hands – increasing your good health habits as you slowly reduce your bad lifestyle habits – you can re-gain the health and vitality you enjoyed of yesteryear. Make an appointment with a Holistic Health Consultant to begin your journey.
Eileen Fauster, the founder of Essential Balance Holistic Health, is a multifaceted holistic health practitioner whose passion is to empower people to consciously and holistically improve their health and quality of life. As a Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Acupuncturist, she experiences first-hand how a healthier lifestyle, proper nutrition, and natural health care can enhance a person’s life. Eileen can be contacted at www.essentialbalance.ca.