Information on Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis. How to help your body by using natural food supplements. Arthritis can be caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome.
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Arthritis is the generic name given to over 100 different but related conditions which affect our joints All these conditions share the common characteristics of pain and inflammation in the joints. The old term was rheumatism. Most common type is rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic - psoriasis arthritis, juvenile arthritis and degenerative arthritis. Arthritis affects something like one in five people in developed countries. There are many different causes of arthritis, genetic, injury, infections, metabolic and immune system disorders, nutritional deficiencies, stress and environmental pollutants and toxins.
The current drugs of choice for arthritis pain are non steroidal anti-inflammatories NSAIDs. However, NSAIDs block the production of prostaglandins which stimulate repair of the digestive lining. This causes increased leaky gut syndrome. Use of NSAIDs in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis showed that 75 percent had gastrointestinal problems caused by the drugs. And the more NSAIDs people take, the leakier the gut wall becomes, the more pain and inflammation follows, which sets up a continuously escalating problem becoming more widely known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.
To make matters worse, many NSAIDs also have an effect on the ability of cartilage to repair itself. They reduce our body's ability to regenerate cartilage tissue by lowering the amounts of healing prostaglandins, glucosamino-glycans, and hyaluronan, and by raising leukotriene levels.
Other drugs commonly used to ameliorate the symptoms of arthritis also have well-known side effects. Natural therapies for arthritis reduce the need for such medications and their accompanying side effects. These natural therapies can be astonishingly effective.
The dietary connection between rheumatoid arthritis and food sensitivities was first noted by Michael Zeller in 1949 in Annals of Allergy. Elimination /provocation diets are the best way to determine if this is the problem.
The foods most likely to provoke symptoms after an elimination diet are, in order of most to least: corn, wheat, bacon/pork, oranges, milk, oats, rye, eggs, beer, coffee, malt, cheese, grapefruit, tomato, peanuts, sugar, butter, lamb, lemon, and soy. Cereals were the most common food, with wheat and corn causing problems in over 50 percent of people.
The concept of food sensitivity and increased intestinal permeability is gaining acceptance as more physicians see the clinical changes in their patients when they use this approach. Testing for food and environmental sensitivities, parasites, toxic metals, Candidiasis, intestinal permeability, and comprehensive digestive and stool analysis often provides an understanding of an underlying cause of the disease.
Candidiasis frequently plays a role in arthritis and is a possible aggravator in rheumatoid arthritis.
Yeast in the gastrointestinal system may be the result of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroid medications, increased use of alcohol or sugar, or a stressed immune system. Treatment of Candida infections in the digestive system has improved rheumatoid symptoms in many cases. If you have increased intestinal permeability, nutrients such as glutamine, quercetin, gamma-oryzanol and beneficial flora can help heal the leaky cells. An elimination diet or fasting can significantly reduce joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness, and increase mobility. By careful addition of foods over the course of three months you can see which foods cause symptoms to recur. Blood testing can significantly aid in this process because you have a much clearer idea of which foods you are sensitive to. No blood test is 100 percent accurate, so you still need to go through the dietary regimen. After a period of four to six months, you will be able to tolerate most of the troublesome foods. Repeat blood testing at that time is advised.
1. Elisa allergy testing for foods.
2. Comprehensive digestive and stool analysis.
3. Intestinal permeability
4. Candida testing.
Some of these suggestions will significantly help your arthritis; others may not help at all. You can look for products which combine these substances. Be patient and give whatever you try time to work. Try one or two at a time until you find a program that suits your body's unique needs and lifestyle.
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More information about a 'leaky gut' can be found on our Leaky Gut Syndrome page. Click here.
Much of the information on this page has come from the book DIGESTIVE WELLNESS by Elizabeth Lipski M.S., C.C.N. available at Amazon.com There is much more detail in the book. We highly recommend it.
You will find more books for your well being on our 'Literature' page.
At the Arthritis & Glucosamine Information Center you'll find top quality information on arthritis and glucosamine, the latest research, details on arthritis medications and treatments, and tips for effectively managing your pain. Go to this link,http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/
Apart from this Arthritis web site page, you also might find more support and information on arthritis at an National arthritis foundation, association, network group, society in your country or at a web ring.
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