Understanding Arthritis: A Holistic Approach to Managing Joint Health

Arthritis, a prevalent degenerative disease, is impacting individuals of all ages in the world, affecting their quality of life, burdening the healthcare system, and creating financial strain. Despite being commonly associated with aging, arthritis can manifest in younger individuals, signaling the importance of early detection and proactive management. In this blog, we’ll explore arthritis, its causes, symptoms, and a holistic approach to managing its impact on joint health.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis encompasses various inflammatory joint disorders, with osteoarthritis (OA) being the most prevalent form. OA, also known as degenerative joint disease, results from the gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. While aging is a significant risk factor for OA, other contributors include genetics, joint injuries, and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise habits.

Vegetables  like tomatoes, eggplants, or zucchini can trigger arthritis

Identifying Causes of Arthritis:

One factor often overlooked in arthritis management is the role of diet and acidity levels in the body. The Western diet, characterized by excessive consumption of acid-forming foods like meat, dairy, sugar, and refined grains, contributes to tissue acid waste accumulation, triggering inflammatory responses and exacerbating arthritis symptoms. Nightshade family vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants have also been linked to osteoarthritis in some individuals. Additionally, factors like bowel toxicity and leaky gut can further perpetuate inflammation, highlighting the importance of addressing gut health in arthritis management.

Assessing Body Acidity:

Recognizing symptoms associated with acidity in the body, such as osteoporosis, allergies, fatigue, and arthritis, is crucial for early intervention. Salivary or urinary acidity tests can assess pH levels, with values below 6 indicating hyperacidity. An acidic environment promotes connective tissue destruction and accumulation of toxic waste, contributing to chronic diseases like arthritis.

Managing Body Acidity:

Shifting towards an alkaline-dominant diet, comprising 80% alkaline and 20% acidic foods, is a cornerstone of managing body acidity and promoting joint health. Balancing pH levels supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms and helps preserve bone density by reducing the need for alkaline minerals like calcium to buffer acidity. Simple dietary modifications, guided by an 80/20 alkaline-acid chart, along with nutritional supplements, can significantly impact overall health and longevity.

Being physically active all your life can ensure healthy joints

Holistic Treatment Approach:

Incorporating holistic therapies into arthritis management can enhance overall well-being and symptom relief. Complementary modalities such as herbal supplements, homeopathy, and physical therapies like acupuncture, physiotherapy, or osteopathy,  can complement conventional treatments, offering a comprehensive approach to joint health.

With consistent dietary and lifestyle modifications, individuals can alkalize their bodies within three months, detoxifying connective tissue and reducing the risk of degenerative diseases like arthritis. To maintain optimal health and prevent disease recurrence, regular treatments and lifestyle adjustments are recommended, particularly for severe cases of chronic arthritis.

Arthritis poses significant challenges to individuals’ health and well-being, but with a holistic approach encompassing dietary modifications, holistic therapies, and proactive management of acidity levels in the body, individuals can effectively manage symptoms and promote joint health. By prioritizing early intervention, adopting a balanced lifestyle, and seeking guidance from qualified healthcare professionals, individuals can embark on a journey towards improved joint health and overall vitality.

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Danuta Hulajko is a Naturopath, international speaker and the founder & practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au in the Southern Highlands 

Danuta specialises in Allergies, Anti-Aging, Auto-Immune Conditions, Cardiovascular Conditions, Female Reproductive, Long Covid, Menopause, Mould Toxicity, Skin Conditions, Stress and Insomnia and Thyroid Dysfunction.

Danuta Hulajko Master Nat. Sc., Dip Bot.Med. Dip.Nut.


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