With age, we experience more joint pain. Joints weaken, bones become brittle and natural lubricating fluids inside the body dry up.
Among the many possible causes for joint pain, arthritis is the most common. There are over 100 different forms, but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis occur most frequently.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the fluid inside the joints. It shows up as swelling, bone wearing down and eventually deformed joints.
The symptoms include swelling and pain as well as red, puffy hands and feet. Firm bumps under the skin known as rheumatoid nodules can also appear. Other symptoms include morning stiffness lasting at least 30 minutes, fever and weight loss.
Osteoarthritis is different in some ways from its rheumatoid cousin. It usually feels worse with more exercise and later in the day. It is not an immune problem, but rather a problem of cartilage breaking down.
Most commonly, it shows up in hips, knees, spine, hands and feet. It is as if your joints were wearing out. There is no absolute way to determine if osteoarthritis is present, so symptoms alone most often determine the diagnosis.
In all cases, inflammation is the underlying cause of joint pain. But what causes the inflammation?
Modern research blames COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes as the reason for inflammation. And they’ve developed high-powered drugs that specifically target these enzymes. The problem is that all of these drugs have side effects. These side effects worsen with long-time use of these drugs.
Drugs may offer relief from pain, inflammation and other symptoms. The problem with them is that they also have many side effects. These include ringing in the ears, heart problems, ulcers, liver and organ damage as well as increased infections.
If these enzymes are the cause of inflammation, what triggers them in the first place? Surely it isn’t a lack of high-powered drugs? What is causing this inflammation?
One very strong cause of inflammation is foods we eat. The reason is that food is the source of all the raw materials for the body. It is like the fuel for our cars. Bad fuel makes a car run badly. Bad food makes a body work badly.
Besides eating healthy, natural food, joint pain symptoms can improve with other natural approaches. Regular exercise, use of heat and cold and good stress management all help. Natural treatments, like acupuncture will help you be healthier, too. The result should be significantly fewer episodes of joint pain.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.