Although the word “arthritis” means joint inflammation, the term is used to describe around 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Living with arthritis means that there is little that you take for granted. Getting a good night’s sleep, brushing your teeth, buttoning your pants up, tying your shoes or holding your loved ones hand can be a real nightmare, right?
The acute pain brought on by inflammation of the joints, medicinally known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), is debilitating. The aching effects, if this condition is left untreated, can leave you feeling depressed and isolated.
But you are NOT alone in this battle! 1.3 million Americans are affected by rheumatoid arthritis!
Though it is still unclear as to the actual cause, RA is an autoimmune disease. Your body’s cells mistake your own proteins as foreign intruders. Immune cells – called lymphocytes – react to this “intruder”, causing the release of cytokines.
Cytokines are like chemical messengers that trigger more inflammation and destruction, which affects the synovial capsule and surrounding tissue, causing inflammation. Over time, the chronic inflammation leads to clear arthritis symptoms such as: joint damage and deformities, stiffness of joints, fatigue and loss of appetite.
The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Some forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can affect multiple organs and cause widespread symptoms.
Arthritis is more common among adults aged 65 years or older, but people of all ages (including children) can be affected.
Although there is no a lasting cure for RA, there are natural arthritis treatments you can make the side-effects less severe. As with most diseases that cause inflammation, a change in diet along with daily exercise is a great start! And adding a juice regimen will help you get back on track to living a normal life.
The following 5 recipes are easy to make with ingredients you can find in your local supermarket. They’re healing and delicious for your arthritis!
Before you begin any arthritis treatment (medical or dietary one)
Understand that proper nutrition is vital as well for an efficient arthritis treatment. If you are seeking medical attention for your RA symptoms, discuss your plans with your doctor to include a juicing regimen before you begin.
If you are a novice to juicing and do not own a juicer, do not be overwhelmed by all of the choices. First, decide if you want a centrifugal juicer (it is most common high-speed juicer that creates heat which weakens the quality of the juice) or a masticating juicer (it is a slower speed juicer, but gives higher quality juice).
Once you have your juicer, clear out some space in your fridge for produce. I suggest you make the space by getting rid of foods that are highly processed and high in sugar. You may even want to try an elimination diet.
What is an elimination diet?
An elimination diet is just like it sounds. You remove certain foods from your diet for 3-4 weeks and then slowly begin to introduce the foods back, one at a time. The ones that aggravate your RA or your gut, you better avoid. Start removing foods that are known to cause inflammation such as: dairy, red meat, gluten, soy, corn and nightshade vegetables (tomato, potato, mushrooms, eggplants, peppers).
Toxins in our environment and in our food supply can also increase inflammation and it is best to go organic when such produce is available. Put local grown veggies in your shopping cart whenever it is possible.
What to expect?
Benefits of juicing can be noticed immediately if you have arthritis symtoms. They include more energy, heightened sense of awareness and mental clarity, digestive regularity, just to name a few. Inflammation and pain relief associated with RA can take up to 6 weeks before you begin to feel noticeable differences. But be patient and be consistent with your natural arthritis treatment!