The term arthritis is representative of several types of inflammation of the joints, of which there are a multitude of different forms. Rheumatism is a general term used for the majority of these painful joint problems. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is very common with seniors and is due to the wear and tear and deterioration of ligament tissue. The bony outgrowths appear near the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation which manifests itself by way of the gradual deterioration and deformation of several joints.
It can affect any joint, but attacks mostly the hands, knees, ankles and feet. It is these small joints of the extremities, which are primarily sensitive to this affliction.
This particular form of arthritis often occurs before the age of 40. Osteoarthritis manifests itself as chronic and degenerative lesions related to joint cartilage, caused by the premature aging of the joints.
Osteoarthritis may also be caused through wear and tear of the joints, by way of impact, birth defects, obesity or an endocrine imbalance. Arthritis is often caused due to a lack or imbalance of minerals involved in the synthesis and repair of joints. According to certain studies, 50% of individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have damaged mucous membranes in the small intestines.
Autoimmune reactions and inflammations related to arthritis appear to stem from intestinal problems. 40% of individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis do not produce sufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Because of that, proteins are not properly digested and cause allergic reactions. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Tylenol, Aspirin) can aggravate this condition by impairing the intestinal mucous membrane.
- Maintain normal weight, in order not to unnecessarily overburden the joints which increases wear and tear of cartilage.
- Engage in moderate physical exercise to lubricate the joint and promote mobility.
- Rest, light (from the sun) and good oxygenation are essential to ensure proper recuperation and optimal cellular functions.
- Supplement with collagen to increase cartilage regeneration.
- A combination of omega 3s, chondroitin and glucosamine will help alleviate joint pains.
- If necessary undergo regular liver cleanses to help eliminate accumulated acidic waste.