Did you know that one in five adult Americans has some form of arthritis? This condition is characterized by painful, stiff, and hard to move bones and joints.
Besides the loss of mobility and pain, arthritis might also lead to other health complications. The conventional treatment for this condition doesn’t target the underlying cause.
Instead, it only relieves the symptoms, causing dependency and different side effects. That’s why you should consider treating it naturally.
Here are four steps to treat arthritis naturally, without any side effects.
1. Consider the Gut
Each form of arthritis is worsening by inflammation originating from the gut. In fact, research shows that the most common cause of arthritis hides in the digestive system. This means that you’ll have to heal your gut if you want to heal your joints.
You can take a dose of probiotics every day to eliminate microbes – a potential cause of your symptoms.
Another way is to pay more attention to what you eat. You can start a diet that involves eliminating certain foods until you discover which one is triggering your symptoms. For example, you can start avoiding dairy, gluten, sugar, corn, eggs, and soy.
See what happens within three weeks, and if you feel better, it means some of those foods is probably contributing to your condition. Then, start eating one of those foods at a time to see what exactly is causing you troubles.
Use this method to identify all the foods that bother your body and health.
2. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Your diet is directly connected with your gut bacteria and arthritis. So, instead of fueling your arthritis pain by consuming inflammatory foods like sugar, refined grains, fast food and processed food, start eating foods that fight inflammation.
Consider the following:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – rich in fiber, micronutrients, and phytonutrients
- Avoid hydrogenated fats and refined oils
- Choose sustainably farmed, low-mercury fish, 100% grass-fed and finished beef, and free-range chicken
- Limit processed foods high in salt, preservatives, and food dyes
- Reduce your intake of refined grains, high-fructose corn syrup, and refined sugar
- Eat foods rich in sulfur, such as garlic, onion, cabbage, and asparagus
- Consume more foods rich in omega-3s, including salmon, walnuts, chia seeds
3. Consume Turmeric & Ginger
These are probably the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents nature can offer. The active compound of turmeric, curcumin, shows anti-arthritis effects including reduction in swelling and joint inflammation and slowed destruction of the periarticular joint.
Ginger, on the other hand, reduces arthritis pain and improves the overall gut/digestive health. That’s why you should include these two natural ingredients in your diet.
4. Mind-Body-Spirit Exercises
Stress is another factor that worsens your arthritis symptoms. It can damage your gut and trigger inflammation, leading to many chronic conditions. So, it’s natural that you start doing something to relieve your stress, such as practicing yoga, meditation, long walks, deep breathing, or tai chi.
Choosing any of these stress-relief methods will help balance your hormones, and improve your energy, auto-immune condition, and overall life-quality.
By following these tips you will help reduce arthritis symptoms, as well as prevent them in the first place.