There are more than 200 illnesses and diseases that are under the arthritis or arthritic umbrella. What’s mentioned in this post could be used to relieve all of them, but will be focusing on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) because most people who have arthritis have one of these two types. The other types will be covered in future posts.
Talking about the more populous arthritic conditions. One is Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the other is Osteoarthritis. Both cause pain, both cause joint issues. But for different reasons. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease. Those who suffer with RA, experience joint pain and deformed joints because their immune system is attacking their own joints. RA can also affect tissue, such as lungs, skin, and eyes. Osteoarthritis is caused by normal wear and tear, and lack of proper nutrition the body needs to replace what’s being worn out. The cartilage wears out, which causes friction in the joint. This is what causes the pain and swelling, and could cause the growth of bone spurs.
Arthritis could be caused by several different factors, including genetics, weight, over-use of a joint, weight, injury, infections, and in the case of RA, a weakened or compromised immune system. RA could also be made worse if you’re constantly under stress. Stress directly effects your immune system. It is also possible to have both RA and OA at the same time, in different joints. By over-use of a joint, I’m talking training too hard (ex: sports players and olympians) or exercising without enough rest in between.
I have RA myself. The first visible signs showed at about age 10, but I didn’t really feel much pain until about 17. Every year after seems to get more and more painful.
Arthritic pain early in life isn’t so bad. Kicks in trying to write or type. But when you’re working, and that pain kicks in, isn’t that just frustrating. Working overnight stock kneeling to stock the bottom shelf, or maybe you’re a carpenter, and your knees are as stiff as a board and painful trying to stand back up. Wrist and fingers lock in place as you try to count your drawer out to make a cash-drop, or as your turning that screwdriver. Elbow cracks and shoulder gets stiff as you hammer away putting up a new roof. Arthritis not only could get worse as it goes untreated, but it could cause future problems. Problems that could be prevented, and the progression of your arthritis could be halted.
It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in, or which type of arthritis you have. You still suffer, and you still get frustrated because of the stiffness and pain. You begin doubting yourself because you couldn’t do what you once could or you can’t do it as fast as you once could. But what if there was a way you could? What if there was a way you could do everything you once could as fast as you once could again? Read on for what you could do to accomplish just that.
What RA and OA have in common, that causes the inflammation and pain, is the deterioration of the tissue in the joints. The worse it gets, the closer the bones get until they start rubbing together. This friction is what causes the inflammation and pain. Fluid could also build up in the joints and cause pain. When you hear your joint crack, it’s the fluid build-up.
However, RA is actually worse than OA. When your joints swell due to OA, usually within 30 minutes the swelling will go down; in the morning when you wake up, within 30 minutes the pain subsides. RA, on the other hand, the swelling doesn’t go down, once the joint is swollen, it’s swollen; and the inflammation and morning pain could last much longer than 30 minutes.
I’m not here to argue that because I have RA and you have OA, that my arthritis is worse than yours. Pain is pain. I just want it to be clear that RA, which can and does show up in children, is in fact arthritis; just a different type of arthritis caused by different factors, but arthritis nonetheless. Telling someone with RA that they don’t know what arthritis is, is wrong and needs to stop. Those with RA go through just as much pain, in most cases longer periods of time throughout the day, as those with OA.
Growing up, I constantly heard that I’m not old enough to have arthritis. My grandmother was the first one to see that I have it and fought about it with my mom. RA, is a form of arthritis, and does show in youth. Those of us with RA know what you with OA are dealing with. We’re dealing with the same swelling and pain, if not more of it. So let’s stop this myth that only older people can have arthritis. OA typically shows up in middle-aged and elderly individuals due to over-use of the joints, particularly if it’s brought on by an occupation (such as a sports player, olympian, or carpenter). But RA can, and does, show up earlier in life and gradually progresses.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important in the management of arthritis. If you are over-weight, you are putting additional stress on the joints. By maintaining a healthy weight, you will be relieving stress on the joints. This will reduce inflammation and wear and tear. Healthy weight may be reached through a combination of non-GMO and Organic diet, exercise, and non-GMO health products. It is important to stay active. You don’t need to run out and get a 5 day per week gym membership, just be active. Something as simple as a quick walk or bike ride every day is fine.
In some cases, surgery is seen as a necessary treatment option. I don’t agree. Despite how bad my knees are, I refuse surgery. My grandfather gets knee surgery about every 10yrs. Not only does he need time to recover from surgery, it doesn’t appear to help. He says he has less movement in the knee then before surgery, and the pain is still there.
In most cases, medication is suggested. Everything from over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen (motrin), and aspirin, to prescription drugs are used to treat arthritic pains. I, personally, disagree with this option as well. From experience, these drugs take forever to relieve a fraction of the pain, if they work at all. Many could also cause other problems, such as ulcers, low-blood pressure, destroyed liver and kidneys, amongst other issues.
The best possible route to go to find arthritic pain relief, whether it be RA or OA, is nutrition and a healthy non-GMO and organic diet. Through a healthy diet and nutrition, your body will be provided with the nutrients it needs to strengthen your bones, replace worn collagen and cartilage in the joints, and reduce inflammation. Nutrients that your body needs to prevent the progression of arthritis, reduce risk of other issues developing, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain include:
- Glycine – prevents scaropenia (muscle loss, deterioration), relieves arthritis and produces collagen, reduces allergic and auto-immune reactions, reduces stress and anxiety (which could worsen arthritis).
- L-Glutathione – Fights oxidative stress, reduces inflammation, fights infections, reduces risk of heart disease, reduces risk of diabetes, reduces risk of kidney disease, protects against liver damage, may help treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, reduces risk of Glaucoma and Cataracts, may treat Cystic Fibrosis.
- Ginger – strengthens the immune system, pain relief associated with arthritis.
- Celery – arthritis pain relief (including rheumatoid arthritis), immune system support, improves heart health, relieves headaches and migraines, regulates blood sugar and insulin, reduces risk of cataracts.
- Rose Hips – treats and prevents Rheumatoid Arthritis, regulates blood sugar, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, regulates blood pressure, promotes healthy kidneys.
- Glucosamine – Relieves symptoms associated with Osteoarthritis, pain relief.
- Natural Caffeine – promotes liver and colon health, relieves pain, protects against eyelid spasm and cataracts, reduces risk of Kidney Stones.
- White Willow Bark & Extract – Pain and headache/migraine relief, soothes stomach disorders, promotes weight management.
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – Necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, boosts the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
- Psyllium Seed Husk – weight management, reduces risk of diabetes, regulates blood pressure, detoxifies the body, anti-inflammatory.
- Papaya – weight management, fights/prevents infections, improves heart health, anti-inflammatory, reduces risk of and treats macular degeneration, reduces risk of and treats arthritis, immune system support.
- Vitamin A – Supports immune system, improves vision, supports healthy bones, prevents kidney stones, repairs tissues.
- Kelp – promotes healthy bones.
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory
- Chondroitin – A component of cartilage that helps build connective tissues. It supports lubrication and flexibility in the joints.
- Boswellia/Frankincense – anti-inflammatory
To see the complete benefits of these listed, and more, click here.
I recommend using:
- Thrive DFT, which is a wearable form of nutrition. The DFT contains White Willow, Natural Caffeine, amongst others. The DFT works great to relieve pain. I use the DFT Premium, but there are four types you can choose between. Most people go with the DFT DUO, though if you’re a sports player, fitness trainer, police officer, in the military, or any other type of physically active and demanding occupation, the DFT Black Label would be the best option.
- Activate, which is full of Vitamin C, L-Glutathione, Glycine, Natural Caffeine, Vitamin A, and anti-oxidants.
- Boost, which is a berry flavored blend of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that will give your immune system the boost it needs to function properly and fight RA.
- Lifestyle Capsules (Men & Women), which among other things, contains Natural Caffeine, White Willow, and Glucosamine.
- SGT Move, which supports healthy joint function and flexibility. It contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Boswellia, White Willow, Curcumin (which is derived from Turmeric) to name a few ingredients that support healthy joints and offers pain relief.
- SGT Form, which supports healthy bones and joints and contains hydrolyzed collagen peptides. It is formulated for maximum absorption. The collagen is what the body uses to make strong connective tissues. As we get older, especially those with OA, our ability to produce collagen is diminished and connective tissue breaks down. This product helps replenish the lost collagen to rebuild strong tissue.
- Our Arthritis Tea which contains Turmeric and Ginger.
All of these products are non-GMO. I use them myself and can tell you from personal experience, these products work wonders. But they aren’t “magic”. You need to use them as suggested, and continually to see results. The longer you use them, the better the results. These products, coupled with a non-GMO and organic diet, will have you feeling amazing and flexible.
If you are caffeine sensitive, these products are safe to use. They only contain at most 35mg of caffeine per product, which is far less than a cup of coffee. The caffeine in these products is also a natural caffeine, not synthetic or over-processed. In addition to the benefits of the caffeine itself, it also aids in the White Willow and other ingredients in relieving pain.
If have you any questions or concerns, leave a comment or email me.
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