It’s a sad state of affairs when having a disease is not only considered “just the way it is” but is even seen as normal!
That especially applies to osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is viewed by the average person and much of the mainstream medical community as a normal, expected consequence of aging.
Nothing could be farther from the truth!
Although it is true that over time you may incur degenerative changes in your joints and damage to your cartilage, such wear and tear does not have to mean you should expect to be saddled with full-blown osteoarthritis.
Plus even if you do have osteoarthritis, there’s a whole lot more you can do to feel better besides popping pain pills.
Let’s start by taking a look at…
Things that can trigger or worsen osteoarthritis
Aging is only one of the ingredients in the osteoarthritis recipe. Here are some others:
Obese people have more than twice the rate of arthritis than those who have a normal bodyweight.
The reason is simple—extra weight means extra pressure on your joints.
And note you don’t have to be morbidly obese either. Even carrying around an extra 25 pounds can contribute to the damage.
Ah yes, medications—they giveth and they taketh away.
Common arthritis medications like ibuprofen and other NSAIDs can triple your risk of strokes and increases the likelihood of a heart attack when taken in the long-term.
Plus a number of studies have shown that both aspirin and the other NSAIDs inhibit your body’s ability to synthesize collagen, and they actually accelerate cartilage destruction.
Arthritis drugs aren’t the only ones that pose a danger to bone and joint health either.
Joint pain is a common side effect of statins like Crestor. Plus proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Zoton and Inhibitol can reduce nutrient absorption, thereby impairing the health of your bones as well as increasing your risk of fractures.
An inflammatory diet
Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition, and what you eat has a tremendous impact on your body’s level of inflammation.
Sugar is number one. Sugar is a very abrasive substance that leeches minerals from your body, stirs up inflammation and even increases your risk of heart disease (in addition to arthritis of course).
Other highly inflammatory foods include refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, white rice, pastries, etc.), soda, packaged and fast foods, GMO foods, factory farmed meats, gluten and trans-fats.
In addition, although they are not an inflammatory food per se, compounds found in nightshade vegetables (such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers) may encourage joint inflammation in some people.
On the flip side, many people do not get nearly the Omega-3 essential fatty acids their bodies need to naturally curb inflammation. Omega-3s are found in wild-caught fatty fish, flaxseeds, walnuts and eggs from pasture-raised chickens.
Start feeling better—it’s easier than you think!
There are many safe, natural answers to help ease pain, plus even slow or reverse the degenerative changes associated with osteoarthritis!
Here are some strategies that can help you feel a whole lot better…fast!
1- Stop eating for pain and inflammation
Just as you can create inflammation with your diet, you can also just as easily help curb it!
Avoiding the inflammatory foods I mentioned above is a must, but you should also make sure you’re taking in lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as Omega-3 essential fatty acids. If you’re not a fan of fish or walnuts, a top-quality Omega-3 fish oil formula can help make sure you’re getting what you need.
2-Get enough Vitamin D
Cartilage loss is associated with low levels of vitamin D.
Your doctor can test your vitamin D level and if you’re on the low side, supplementing with a combination formula of vitamins D3 and K2 can help bring your levels back to a healthier, bone-supportive range.
3-Don’t shun exercise
Although many osteoarthritis sufferers avoid it like the plague, exercise is essential to getting relief from osteoarthritis.
Arthritis patients who do strength-training (such as free weights) report significantly less pain compared to non-strength trainers.
Water workouts can take stress off your joints, block pain sensation, loosen stiff joints and strengthen muscles.
Yoga can improve flexibility and increase range of motion. According to Certified Yoga Instructor Nancy Chappell, it’s best to seek out a studio that does gentle and restorative types of yoga, and stresses holding comfortable postures longer to work connective tissues.
Just get your doctor’s OK and start getting relief!
4- Consider glucosamine sulfate
Glucosamine is a compound that stimulates your cartilage cells to produce glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which hold your joint tissues together.
Plus as its name suggests, glucosamine sulfate also provides atoms of sulfur which makes collagen stickier and can in turn make your joints stronger.
Many people have gotten significant relief from glucosamine sulfate supplementation, to the point where the relief was as good as or better than using NSAIDS (without the side effects to boot)!
See how much better you can feel when you safely and naturally help your body control inflammation and encourage strong, healthy cartilage!