Is there a specific age we start to feel old? The answer is no. The only time someone says they feel old is when they can’t move well. When the basic fundamental movements start to cause pain. When you lose your range of motion, your joints start to feel achy, and it’s hard to move your body around.
What is Arthritis? (01:28)
We are supposed to move our bodies freely every day. No one is born tight and you can move in every direction. If we get to the end of life we are stiff as a board. The question always is, where are we along that timeline.
One type of arthritis we are going to focus on called osteoarthritis. Many times people say that arthritis is in your genes, but the answer to that is no. This is not something that happens to us, but it is something that we do that causes it to happen. Infact, I can identify this on an x-ray. Moving with pain causes inflammation around the joints, and stiffness. Most people keep a list of reasons why they have these problems, but there are different causes of arthritis. If you understand where it comes from, you can treat it more effectively.
There are two causes of this: the first cause is your diet. If you have a diet that is pro-inflammatory, meaning a diet that is high in carbs, sugars, and processed foods. These types of food produce inflammation. When the body produces more inflammation, it is more difficult to get the nutrients back into the body. This is really a two fold issue, because we are not eating nutrient rich foods. and we’re producing more inflammation, we are starving out our joints. Our joints require more nutrients.
The second issue often overlooked is poor alignment. This is the quickest way to develop arthritic joints. To better understand how poor alignment affects your body, imagine the tires on your car. If the tires are crooked and you drive your car, they are going to wear faster. That goes all the way back to your spine, knees, ankles, and hips. Everything that is out of alignment will wear and tear faster.
Often an effective treatment is using an anti-inflammatory. The challenge here is this: none of us want to be in pain, and yes, these can reduce the pain, but it does not mean your body is functioning better. However, almost all the time taking these medications can set your body up to wear and tear even faster as they inhibit your body from getting key nutrients. Even using aspirin for a prolonged period of use, can decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C and Zinc.
Additionally, anti-inflammatory medicine blocks iron as well. You usually see broken blood vessels on arms and hands due to iron deficiency caused by arthritis medications. If your body can’t produce red blood cells, then our body can’t get the proper nutrients to heal. I don’t want you to not take your prescribed medication, but it should help us ask the right question: does this make me healthier?
What is our goal when it comes to feeding the joints? (13:48)
First, we need to weed out the inflammation, and then we need to feed the joint. So what can we do to stop this arthritis? As mentioned we need to go through our diet and cut down on carbs, sugar, and alcohol. If you remove these items and find you are still having issues with inflammation, you may want to look into nightshades, like tomatoes and eggplant, and anything that has lectins or glutens.
We certainly need to hydrate more. A good benchmark is about half your body weight in ounces of water per day. The second piece of advice is to use Turmeric. Most Turmeric do not end up in the bloodstream because you need a good fat or oil to help it be utilized properly. I use a product called Turmeric Forte made by MediHerb, which helps shut off the potential inflammation. Consistent use of turmeric overtime will help when you are provoking inflamed spots.
Get at least 1000 mg of Fish Oil a day. Cod liver oil is my favorite because it has a natural source of vitamin D and A, but also immune support as well.
Collagen is also fantastic to help feed the joint back to health. While it is difficult to breakdown, it is important to help your joints repair. Glucosamine is also something that can feed the joint. Manganese can help the fibers in your discs that help support some of the fibrous types of connective tissues and cartilage. I also enjoy Ligapex II made by Standard Process. Regardless of the supplement, you need to have a clean diet. If you take these supplements with processed foods you may not notice a difference in health.
Move More! (22:15)
Even though movement may create pain, the movement also creates increased nutrients to the joint. If your posture has formed into abnormal alignment, this causes abnormal pressure on joints, which can wear out the joints faster. Here are some of the common arthritic locations on the body:
- Hamstrings: If you have chronically tight hamstrings, this usually leads to knee joint issues.
- Soas Muscles: Chronically tight Soas muscles will cause pressure on your lumbar spine.
- Pectoral Muscles is often the root cause of neck issues.
- IT Bands take orders from the TFL band which is responding from pelvic imbalance.
What do we do about this overall tightness? (29:05)
Develop a yoga practice. Having a steady practice will help over time. There is a type of Yoga for everyone. Start stretching the specific parts of your body that need help and learn the muscles you need to stretch around this.
When you get home, perform a basic posture test to understand how imbalanced your body can be and what muscles you need to focus on. To start this process, stand up and close your eyes, and take a couple of steps in place. Come into whatever you think is normal posture and open your eyes. Feel where the weight is distributed in your feet. Being aware of having good posture dictates good function.
What are we going to do? (33:56)
Arthritis is something that does not ‘happen’ to you, but the things that we do make it happen. That means you can make changes, you can take strategies to improve your health. Improve the diet by removing alcohol, carbs, and sugars. Have a good amount of vegetables, grass-fed beef, and antioxidants. Start implementing supplements to take care of what we don’t have, and of course hydrate!