There are no cures for arthritis diseases, but there are various treatments that aim to slow down the progression of joint and organ damage. Responses to different treatments vary widely. Some people experience lowered disease activity or remission, while others exhibit little or no signs of improvement. Most medications used to treat inflammatory arthritis cause side effects, many of which are manageable although some may be severe. Other treatments such as acupuncture, naturopathy and meditation can also be helpful in managing symptoms.  Here is some information on how to beat inflammation and get rid of your arthritis.

Inflammation damages your joints and many other parts of your body.

Inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.  Most people don’t realize that you need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy, however it’s also possible, and increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand.  If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, a condition linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

It is the villain in most forms of arthritis.

Arthritis literally means an inflammation (itis) of the joints (arthr). In many types of arthritis, the bodies inflammatory response is misdirected.  Some of the types of arthritis which are associated with inflammation include:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • gout
  • tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • polymyalgia rheumatica

Inflammation can be reduced

By lowering inflammation you aren’t going to notice immediate tangible results, however the long term benefits are masked by drastically reducing your chances of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, IBS, Alzheimer’s, strokes and even certain types cancer. Increased inflammation causes an immune response, where by the body tries to fight the inflammation by increasing cortisol levels, as cortisol is an anti-inflammatory hormone. However, when the body is focused on producing cortisol it reduces the production of DHEA resulting in lower levels of testosterone and progesterone. This is why managing inflammation is so essential for optimal hormonal balance, as it allows for effective production of lean muscle mass and burning that stubborn belly fat. –

Causes can be reduced or eliminated

Studies have shown that exercise helps people with arthritis in many ways. Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness and increases flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. It also helps with weight reduction, stress reduction, and contributes to an improved sense of well-being. Swimming or other water exercises, walking, low-impact aerobic exercises, range-of-motion exercises, and stretching are helpful. It is important to strike a balance between activity and rest.

Eating a well balanced, low fat diet, in addition to appropriate exercises, is one way to reach or maintain a desired body weight. The benefits dont stop there. A nutritious diet helps to keep the immune system functioning properly and contributes to overall health. Additionally, some people appear to be sensitive to certain foods or diets; however, there is no single diet that will help large groups of people. Be cautious with any diet that recommends the elimination of large groups of foods or that relies on only a few select foods.

It’s worth making an effort to remove.

Lifestyle changes will go a long way toward reducing chronic inflammation in your body, so focus on making the following changes:

  • Focus on eating a healthy diet.
  • Get plenty of animal-based omega-3 fats
  • Optimize your insulin levels.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Make sure your waist size is normal.
  • Have healthy outlets for stress and other negative emotions.
  • Optimize your vitamin D levels.

Sources

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/08/what-you-need-to-know-about-inflammation.aspx

http://www.showusyourhands.org/resources/

http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/archives/arthritis.php

http://www.primalsixpack.com/day-24-of-45-benefits-of-lowering-inflammation-and-fat-loss/

http://arthritis.about.com/cs/arthgen/a/inflammation.htm