Many people think that arthritis is a part of growing old, but this isn’t so. In fact, two out of every three people with arthritis are aged between 15 and 60.
Arthritis is a group name for around 100 conditions affecting the joints in the body. These conditions cause damage to the joints usually resulting in pain, swelling, reduced movement, redness, warmth and stiffness. Arthritis can affect many parts of the joints as well as every joint in the body. The three main arthritis conditions which affect 95% of arthritis sufferers include:
- Osteoarthritis – a progressive disorder of the joints caused by gradual loss of cartilage resulting in the development of bony spurs and cysts at the margins of the joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and deformity of the joints.
- Gout – a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet.
Many people are unaware that diet plays a major role in arthritis. At Changing Habits we believe in a vitalistic, natural approach towards health and lifestyle. Our team at Changing Habits continues to empower, inspire and educate thousands of people to take control and begin to create sustainable life-long changes to their own health, well-being and lifestyle. Changing Habits provides the education and tools to make this possible as we truly believe your body can heal given the right tools and conditions.
What can help?
- Diet is not only the food you put into your mouth but the food you feed your mind (positive or negative)
- The food you put onto your skin (chemicals or nourishing)
- Avoiding the modern SAD (Standard Australian/American Diet) and eating a nutrient dense diet rich in fresh and seasonal fruit, vege, quality meat, eggs, seafood, nuts, seeds, spices and herbs
- Managing your stress levels
- Movement, sunshine and getting into nature daily
- Good quality sleep
- Becoming informed. Read, listen to podcasts and audios, download the Changing Habits Arthritis report and read the ‘Other Resources’ at the end of this page
Although all forms of arthritis are very different, there are a number of common threads between the conditions. Although genetic factors do underly many conditions, research is now exploring the ‘environmental triggers’ that activate these genes to create illness and most come under the umbrella of an autoimmune disease. According to medical professionals, diet is said to “perhaps help” with management of arthritis. Before we de-bunk this, let’s have a look at what some of the things can contribute to arthritis.
Contributing factors include:
- Omega-3 deficiency
- Gut Health and Leaky Gut – The latest research suggests that initiation of autoimmune conditions like arthritis can stem from the gut. The two major mechanisms that are responsible for this are (1) Leaky Gut and (2) Lack of beneficial bacteria, or an overgrowth of pathogenic or bad bacteria. Recent studies are discovering links between certain types of bacteria and conditions such as arthritis.
By looking at the body as more than just inflamed and painful joints, we must look at the whole body. By doing this we can see that what we feed the body will affect the health of it. So if we feed the body food that will not nourish it, it allows ill health in the body such as fatigue, tiredness and general un-wellness, which are all symptoms of arthritis, to diminish.
At Changing Habits we have seen over and over again when a person moves from a completely modern day diet (full of additives, flavourings and artificial foods) back to a diet of real food – like fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, meats, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, seafood, spices, herbs and anything you can make with these foods, including chocolate cake – then miracles happen. All of a sudden the body is given the right resources, and it knows exactly what to do with them – it will start to heal by itself. If you have arthritis then read through the following recommendations to get you started to a pain free life.
Changing Habits recommends
- Increasing the amount of Omega-3’s as these have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Increase fatty fish (salmon, tuna), Changing Habits Inca Inchi Oil and Chia Seeds, fermented cod liver oil and walnuts.
- Increase your intake of leafy greens, green vegetables and Changing Habits Supreme Green Blend
- Take 1 tsp of Fermented Cod Liver Oil daily to aid pain relief, increase your Omega 3 intake and get a natural dose of essential Vitamins such as A & D.
- Avoid nightshades
- If you are new to healthy eating, we recommend starting with the Changing Habits 21 Step Reset Program.
- If you are already eating healthy and want to take your health to the next level, we recommend undertaking the Changing Habits Hunter Gatherer Protocol. This protocol has been designed to specifically, cleanse the body and allow it to heal and seal the gut lining along with replenishing and restoring your gut health.
- If you are carrying more than 5kg, we recommend the Changing Habits 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol to help determine what foods are causing a negative immune response in your body.
Childers N.F., and Margoles M.S. “An Apparent Relation of Nightshades (Solanaceae) to Arthritis” Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery (1993) 12:227-231