Inflammation in the joints – what causes it and how can nutrition help
September 23rd, 2016 229 post views
What causes inflammation in the joints?
Deborah Ben-Shah of Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, explains why inflammation occurs in the body and how it can be reduced in chronic cases.
The body has ways of healing and protecting itself, and when inflammation is present, it is a sign that your body is healing itself. However, it should eventually subside. But for some people, and I see this far too often, people are walking around with chronic inflammation, especially in their joints.
There are certain types of arthritis that are by nature inflammatory, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gouty arthritis. But the most common form of arthritis, known as osteoarthritis, is not associated with inflammation.
So how is it that patients who have the non-inflammatory type of arthritis have inflammation in their joints?
When joints have osteoarthritis and loss of proper function, the muscles surrounding them get overworked, fibrous, and dysfunctional.
Blood will come to the area because it perceives that there is an injury there and is coming to repair tissue damage and carry cellular waste products away. With an increase in blood flow to an area, this leads to congestion. Fluids leak out of the blood vessels and into the tissues and causes swelling to the area. This can irritate nerves and cause pain.
In addition, the cells will release inflammatory chemicals which will cause destruction of the cartilage on the bones over time.
This is one major reason why it is so important to get inflammation out of your body.
So how do you reduce inflammation in your body naturally?
There are many foods that can be responsible for inflammation. These include nightshade vegetable such as tomatoes, potatoes, and aubergine. As well as sugar, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, pork, beef, hydrogenated fats, and processed foods with food additives and dyes.
Try eliminating these foods for three weeks and see if this helps.
There are supplements you can take to help with inflammation.
These include rose hips, turmeric with black pepper, astaxanthin, flax oil, walnut oil, cod liver oil, and green tea. Foods such as wild Atlantic salmon, raw spinach, olive oil and raw carrots, fight bodily inflammation as well.
If you do have arthritis and or joint pain, speak to Lushington Chiropractic for advice.
Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning chiropractic and sports massage clinic in Eastbourne town centre. We provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, counselling, acupuncture, podiatry, sports massage and relaxing massage.
All the best of health,