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Causes for Inflammation

InflammationInflammation, joint pain and arthritis affects millions of Americans. With arthritis, he number is rising over 40 million. I picked this topic because Arthritis is a widespread problem of epidemic proportions and there are actually natural ways that people can help themselves.

Arthritis Related to Digestive Issues

The term Arthritis refers to over 100 diseases that cause joint inflammation. Many types of Arthritis, especially Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, have a well documented association with poor digestive health and nutrition. I believe that Arthritis, as well as many other inflammatory conditions, are directly linked to gastro-intestinal problems, especially food sensitivities and leaky gut syndrome. In my practice, many arthritic clients have benefited greatly from natural nutritional treatment for these digestive issues. Most clients have been able to reduce their medications and many have been able to stop all anti-inflammatory drugs completely.

Anti-Inflammatory Meds Cause Gastrointestinal Problems

That brings me to another problematic issue: the over-use of anti-inflammatory medications. There are over 70 million prescriptions written every year for these drugs. This does not even include the millions and millions of Americans who use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs on a daily basis. These prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aspirin, etc, are very harsh to our intestinal lining. When used on a regular basis, these drugs can be a cause for many gastro-intestinal problems. So you see, I believe it is almost impossible to get better because most doctors just prescribe medications that harm your intestines, which creates more inflammatory problems in the long run.

So, what can you do to help yourself?

To know for sure, I have my clients do comprehensive digestive and stool analysis. This can help to determine food sensitivities, digestive aliments, and possible pathogens living in your gut. If you want to experiment on your own, you could try an elimination diet, then add one food back at a time. Through my experience, I have found that the most common food allergy is gluten, which is in a lot of whole grains, breads, cereals, and crackers. Also, many of my clients have shown up with reactions to milk products, soy products, and eggs.

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