The pain of arthritis can make every day seem like a chore. And while most doctors recommend taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol on leave, patients often request a natural approach.
Here’s an alternative way to deal with this inflammatory disease that won’t wreck your gut health.
The conventional approach to dealing with arthritis is pretty much to grin and bear or take over-the-counter painkillers. And when that doesn’t work, you get a prescription. But what your doctor may not tell you and what they may not know is that the over-the-counter painkillers can do a lot of harm to gut health, which may link to your joint pain.
They may also suggest more drastic measures such as injectable biologics that are extremely expensive and don’t heal arthritis. It only helps to manage the pain. There’s another way to think about arthritis and manage it, and that’s thinking about the things that cause inflammation. Food is one of the most significant considerations here.
Most people have heard that nightshades like eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers are bad for arthritis. They can be the real culprits. Others that are in your cabinets are probably sugar, inflammatory fats, gluten, and dairy. When I use the elimination nutritional protocol in my clinic, I have the patient avoid sugar, unhealthy fats, gluten, grains, and dairy.
When they avoid these inflammatory foods, many patients find that their joint pains often lessen in frequency, intensity, and duration. Often people will have food sensitivities. However, they don’t realize that it’s the food that they’re eating that’s contributing to their symptoms. I love when my patients share with me that they didn’t realize how much pain they were in until they started feeling better after I changed the nutrition and made recommendations with the right supplements at the proper dosage.
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