Welcome to Part 2 of Natural Supplements for Arthritis and Joint Pain which forms part of my series on Natural Supplements for Health and Wellness. This blog is a perfect compliment to Part 1, so if you have not done so already, I strongly suggest you get your teeth in to Part 1 first!.
In Part 1 I discussed how important it is to take care of your cartilage, the fine rubbery cushion that functions as a protective shock-absorber for your bones and joints.
Today’s blog starts with a 1, 2, 3 step process to Joint Health that has Natural Supplements firmly at its core!
Are you sure…a Synergetic Health Plan?
Absolutely! Your body is a highly complex structure that functions to regulate the billions of chemical activities that occur every minute of every day.
Providing your body with cellular nutrition is critical for optimising your health. But it is important to understand that the various vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants are required in the correct amounts to work effectively on different parts of your body.
Calcium as you know is considered to be very important for bone health but unless you are taking sufficient levels of Vitamin D which is a regulator for calcium absorption and excretion, you may as well cancel out on your calcium!
It would be like OWNING a Kia or a Corolla without the key to experience the car’s full horsepower! Conversely, to enjoy the full power of your body, Nutritional Supplements are the KEY to unlock this potential. True Health is about OWNING your body and NOT your body owning you!
A synergistic Health Plan that incorporates high quality pharmaceutical supplements will ensures your body is provided with all the anti-oxidants and supporting nutrients it needs for optimal health.
And the reason I call it a 1, 2, 3 step process is because a combination of Healthy Nutrition, Exercise and Natural Supplements is your best defence against free-radical damage, oxidative stress and disease.
Nutrition alone can no longer provide the RDA (recommended daily allowance) levels of all the essential nutrients. Recent data suggests that less than 1% of the American population accomplish this. With the nutritional value in our soil declining by as much as 38%, nutrient-rich soil is slowly becoming a thing of the past!
And think about the sheer volume of food you would need to consume to get anywhere close to the RDA levels. Juicing everyday would not even be an option! And bare in mind that suggested levels of RDA do little or nothing to prevent against our epidemic of chronic degenerative diseases.
More up to date medical research on oxidative stress suggests optimum levels of nutrients known to provide health benefits are significantly greater than those suggested by RDA levels.
You would need to eat 33 heads of spinach every day for example to get optimal levels of vitamin E.
The only way to obtain such levels of nutrients is to supplement your diet.
Read what science has shown to be “Optimal Intakes” versus the “Current RDA” levels, in this excellent resource. Get it here. You’ll see for yourself why RDA levels are ineffective and misleading!
With that being said, I’m still going to share lots of information for you to nail that 1, 2, 3 process to PHENOMENAL Health!
So the topics covered today will include:
~ Symptoms of Joint Pain, Arthritis, OA and RA
~ Foods to Support Joint Pain and Arthritis
~ Exercises to Support Joint Pain, Arthritis and OA
~Repairing Your Cartilage ~ Natural Supplement for Joint Pain, Arthritis and OA
~ How Healthy Are You?
Symptoms of Joint Pain, Arthritis, OA and RA
If you’ve ever suffered with achy joints, you’ll be familiar with the swelling, pain, stiffness, and inflammation that you probably suffer on a daily basis.
Joint pain, arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are serious conditions that can lead to a compromised quality of life.
The symptoms vary depending on the condition some obviously more serious than others. So let’s start with Joint Pain.
Symptoms of Joint Pain
Joint pain is a common complaint and refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints. It is not generally a condition that requires hospitalisation though it can impact your daily activities.
Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain but as discussed in Part 1, it can also be caused by other conditions of factors.
Let’s look at the symptoms of the two main forms of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
And if you are still unclear about the differences between OA and RA you won’t be after reading this easy-to-follow chart here.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA) A Chronic Degenerative Disease
OA occurs with a degeneration of cartilage due to age or over-use. The resulting bone-on-bone contact causes pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion and changes in joint appearance.
A protruding of bone called bone spurs can sometime be felt as hard little lumps around joints affected by OA.
If you’ve ever experienced squeaky floor boards you’ll know how annoying they can be? You may be able to change your floor boards but noisy joints, not so much! Noisy joints are a common symptom of OA.
Use this resource for a comprehensive list of OA Symptoms. Click here.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) A Systemic Autoimmune Disease
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the lining of your joints.
The symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, joint tenderness, joint swelling, joint redness, joint warmth, joint stiffness, loss of joint range of motion, multiple joints affected (polyarthritis), limping, joint deformity. One of the symptoms that is distinguished by RA is that both sides of the body are affected (symmetric).
Foods to Support Joint Pain and Arthritis
Food is one of my favourite things so I can’t wait to share this part of my blog with you! 🙂
Of course there is no diet to cure arthritis but what you have learned so far is that inflammation is a key player in this chronic degenerative disease. The math is easy, add food that is known to fight inflammation and eat lots of it! Then minus the food that increases inflammation!
Inflammation is the body’s immune response to an internal imbalance or homeostatis. It’s the body way of screaming out ‘help something is wrong’. It then tries to protect itself by removing the harmful stimuli that could include damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens before beginning the healing process.
It is the high levels of inflammation in the body that leads to many chronic health problems.
So let’s look at some dietary do’s and dietary don’ts!
Sugar is the number one culprit and can be found in a multitude of food from almost all processed food, desserts and snacks.
- Trans Fat aka hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil.
Avoid this inflammation promoting food that is found in fried foods, fast foods, and commercially baked goods. Any food that has been prepared with partially hydrogenated oil, margarine and vegetable oil is big no, no!
- Some Cooking Oils
Industrial food oil is unnatural, made with cheap ingredients and is so heavily processed, it becomes toxic. Stay away from soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil canola oil, cottonseed oil and safflower oil. Also these oils are more likely to have higher levels of biologically active fats called Omega 6 fatty acids and lower levels omega-3s, causing a ratio imbalance that can lead to inflammation.
Cultured milk products such as kefir and yogurt along with a moderate intake of low-fat dairy can actually guard against inflammation. However most dairy is high in saturated fat and falls in the highly inflammatory food category for most people.
- Animal Fat
Animal fats have been linked to inflammation in a number of studies. Also animals that have been fed on grains like soy and corn contain high inflammation.
- Red and Processed Meat
Red and processed meats contain a significant amount of arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fat that promotes inflammation.
- Refined Grains
When grains are ground in to flour they act like sugar in the body, triggering weight gain, inflammation and blood-sugar imbalances. Refined grains such as white rice, white flour, white bread, pasta and pastries should be reduced or even better, totally avoided.
‘Everything in moderation’ certainly applies to the consumption of alcohol in this case. Excessive alcohol causes irritation and inflammation to numerous organs which can lead to cancer.
- Artificial Food Additives
Aspartame and MSG are two common food additives that can trigger inflammation responses. Try and omit completely from your diet.
Dietary Hell YES! Foods
The following food are anti-inflammatory therefore are great to support joint health, strengthen bones and boost the immune system.
Fish is packed with inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3-rich fish include salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring. Opt for wild salmon instead of farmed.
- Healthy Oils
Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with heart-healthy fats, as well as oleocanthal, which has properties similar to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.
Avocado is a great source of cholesterol-lowering oil.
Omega-3 comes from both animal and plant sources and are one type of fat you don’t want to cut back on. These essential fatty acids can be found most abundantly in flaxseeds and walnuts.
Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts contain high amounts of fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E and Omega-3 fats which all have anti-inflammatory effects.
Fruits are naturally high in antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation. But when it comes to the best of the bunch, berries are you number one choice. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries contain anthocyanins, which reduce inflammation.
The brown algae extract known as Kelp contains fucoidan, a type of complex carbohydrate that is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidative. Kombu is an excellent source along with wakame and arame.
- Dark Leafy Greens
If it Green it’s probably Good but definitely GREAT!
Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens are great sources of vitamins E and C. Vitamin E works to protect the body against pro-inflammatory molecules. Vitamin C helps the body make collagen, which is a major component of cartilage that aids in joint flexibility.
If you haven’t tuned in to Tumeric, you need to do so NOW! Tumeric is said to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory food containing more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds. Used in both Chinese and Indian systems of medicine, it’s healing properties can not be understated.
Make sure Tumeric is a part of your staple with this MUST HAVE Resource.
You are good to go with Garlic! It has long been recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties as well as a glucose regulator. The antibacterial and antiviral properties can also help your body fight infection.
Don’t be stranger to ginger! Ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties and is an excellent choice for reducing inflammation and reducing blood sugar. Ginger is my go to tea when I feel a cold coming on and a great addition to my spice rack!
- Green Tea
Some of ingredients in green tea has been shown to stop the production of certain inflammatory chemicals in the body.
- Sweet Potato
Sweet sweet potatoes! Due to the colour-pigmented vitamins, sweet potatoes are high in anti-inflammatory benefits. An excellent sources of complex carbs, fiber, beta-carotene, manganese and vitamin A, B6 and C, sweet potatoes are an all-round good choice food.
Although this is a pretty comprehensive list there are more food with just as good anti-inflammatory properties such as cherries, citrus fruit, whole grains and beans.
The Arthritis Foundation provides an excellent resource for further reading.
Exercise to Support Joint Pain, Arthritis and OA
The last part of my blog involves no reading at all! With the help of Dr Oz you can help restore function of your joints with exercise!
Exercise brings more blood to the joints and strengthens your muscles.
When your muscles are strong they help prevent bone-to-bone friction and irritation.
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Repairing Your Cartilage ~ Natural Supplement for Joint Pain, Arthritis and OA
Two key ingredients that have shown to repair your cartilage are Glucosamine and Curcumin. But as I have said throughout this entire series, ONLY a high quality Pharmaceutical will do. Glucosamine is naturally produced in the body to maintain the ‘fluffiness’ of the joint, in particular the cartilage.
Studies have shown that supplementing with Glucosamine has helped people suffering with osteoarthritis. Curcumin is very potent as an anti-inflammatory. It is found in lots of food and gives turmeric that yellow colour. A recent study used 2 grams of curcumin on people with joint pain and found it to be equivalent to Ibroprofen in reducing osteoarthritis!
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Starting with Omega 3’s which are an essential part of your joint health!
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