By Brandon J. Alleman, OMP, CEK, HHP, D.PSc
Many people suffer from joint pain. Often, these individuals are told that their joint pain is “genetic” and they must learn to “live with it.” The fact is that there are many things that are within your power to improve and possibly eliminate joint pain. Here are few of those “things:”
Improve Posture and Body Mechanics
Find a qualified professional to assess your postural alignment and movement mechanics. Optimizing both will ease stress on the joints and load bearing structures of the body.
Regulate Blood Sugar / Cellular Energy Production
This requires that you customize your nutritional efforts to YOUR physiology. If you are eating the wrong foods in the wrong combinations at the wrong times, you will drain your energy reserves.
When energy demand exceeds the supply, the stress/inflammatory response is initiated. Left unchecked, this can eventually lead to joint pain via inflammation and long-term decreases in cortisol output.
Ease the Burden on the GI System
Overburdening the GI system with indigestible fibers and poly-unsaturated fatty acids (which hinder protein metabolism) may contribute to joint pain. This is one of the reasons fasting works for severe rheumatism…it takes the load off the digestive system and relieves joint pain.
However, fasting is immunosuppressive so I am not advocating it. Avoid hard-to-digest foods, fibers, etc. and ease the burden on the GI and immune systems.
Be Sure You Are Adequately Hydrated
Dehydration is the enemy of healthy joints. The coefficient of friction in a well-hydrated joint is actually less than that of steel on ice. Drink somewhere between 2 and 3 liters of clean water per day on a regular basis. Increase your intake if you are sweating profusely.
Improve Your Food Quality as Best as You Can
Decrease your intake of boxed, bagged, and canned foods. These foods will quickly overload Phase I detoxification pathways of the liver, which essentially run on sulfur. When there is not enough nutrition to run these pathways efficiently, where does the body find the extra sulfur? Cartilage!
The immune system will break down cartilage to run the detoxification pathways of the liver. This can, and often does, lead to joint pain.
Handle the above business and your joints will thank you!