There are many different types of arthritis but most tend to involve inflammation and pain around a person’s joints. It is thought that by the age of 60, nine in every ten people have it. It seems that chronic inflammation in the body has a lot to do with this disease. Here are 3 ways that you can ease the pain and discomfort that arthritis can cause.
- Reduce sugar intake. Sugar is increasingly being linked to poor health, especially inflammation based diseases such as diabetes, eczema and arthritis. High intakes of sugar and sweet foods mean that more people than ever have poor regulation of glucose and insulin. These blood sugar imbalances make our risk of inflammation much higher.
It’s not just sugar that causes this problem. All products that are made from refined carbohydrates such as bread, cereals and pasta are quickly broken down into sugars in the digestion process. So choose your ‘carbs’ wisely!
- Identify food intolerances. Founder of The Institute of Optimum Nutrition, Patrick Holford says “Almost everyone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and many people who have osteoarthritis have food allergies and sensitivities that make their symptoms flare up.” These food sensitivities can also have a negative effect on your immune system. The lining of the intestines have more immune cells than any other organ of the body, so it really is a good idea to find out what your problem foods are. It is thought that almost half of people with rheumatoid arthritis have sensitivities to foods that they eat every day.
- Natural Healing. Healing, sometimes known as ‘hands-on healing’, assists the body to heal itself. It is a very natural form of pain relief. Included on the Arthritis Research UK website as a complementary therapy for arthritis – healing is safe and effective when carried out by an accredited Healer. Treatment takes place on a chair or treatment couch with the patient fully clothed. As the Healer passes healing energy to the patient, it has a calming and peaceful effect.