Before we address home remedies for arthritis, it is important to point out how prevalent this disease is. arthritis pain According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the United States CDC, more than fifty million Americans suffer with arthritis. This is approximately 22 percent of the adult population.
Furthermore, arthritis affects the activity level of 9 percent of all adult Americans. This percentage of Americans afflicted with arthritis is expected to rise significantly over the next few decades, with similar reports coming out of Europe.
When traditional doctors treat arthritis, this almost always involves them taking out their prescription pad and prescribing a prescription drug from “big pharma.” The problem with this approach is it usually only addresses the symptoms of the disease, and worse, these drugs often cause serious side effects, especially if taken for longer than 6 months.
Below, you will find 4 home remedies for arthritis where the only “side effects” will be positive ones!
- Go On a Health Kick!
Have you even wondered how some seniors are still active well into their eighties or even nineties?
If you talk to these exceptionally active seniors, most of them seem to have one thing in common. They all seem to have put a priority on keeping their body moving in the earlier decades of their life. You don’t have to be an athlete or even spend hours at the gym.
You just have to make sure you are walking, swimming, performing yoga, gardening, raking leaves up in the yard, or some other form of exercise. It can also be combined with other fun activities like bird watching, kite flying with the kids, or hunting for treasure on the beach.
Making sure your joints move some every day keeps them limber and you’ll ward off arthritis by doing so.
- Make Your Body More Alkaline
Most disease thrives in an acidic environment. This includes inflammation of joints. A pH of 7 is neutral. The human body is best able to naturally fight inflammation when the pH is slightly above 7 in a slightly alkaline condition.
However, with the modern western diet full of highly processed food, genetically modified foods, high fructose corn syrup, additives, toxins, and other unhealthy ingredients, the modern human body usually exists in an acidic state. One of the most effective ways to alleviate inflammation is to change your diet so that your body becomes more alkaline.
Eating organic fresh whole foods instead of processed foods and fast foods will help make your body more acidic. There are also some foods that are particularly alkalizing.
These include fresh leafy green vegetables like kale, beet greens, chard, and spinach plus lemon and lime.
While canned vegetables are often acidifying, the same vegetables eaten fresh are alkalizing. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and other berries are also quite alkalizing for the body as are mushrooms.
Most fresh vegetables also lie on the alkalizing side whereas meat, especially non-organic meat, is extremely acidifying. Switching to sea salt instead of common salt will also tend to make your body more alkaline. If you want to quickly move your body into a more alkaline state, drink a cup of water with the juice of one fresh lemon every morning for at least a week.
You can also use a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a cup of water if don’t have any fresh lemons. Besides being a home remedy for arthritis, you will derive many other health benefits from making your body more alkaline.
For example, cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment but die in an alkaline environment.
- Drink Lots Of Water
This may sound overly simple but it is actually one of the best methods of reducing or even eliminating inflammation in the joints and elsewhere. When you drink lots of water, this enables your organs, especially your kidneys and your liver, to much more easily eliminate infections and toxins.
It has also been found that most Americans are chronically dehydrated, especially since so many Americans drink soda and juices in place of water.
If you replace all your sodas and other drinks with pure filtered alkaline water for one to two weeks, you should notice a big improvement in the way your joints feel.
- Eat Probiotics More Often
Probiotics are the good “bugs” that live in your gut and help you digest your food more efficiently and eliminate unwanted microorganisms from your body. If you maintain a healthy colony of probiotics, it will be much more difficult for the microorganisms that cause inflammation in your joints to take hold of your body.
You can get probiotics from eating yogurt, kefir, sour cream, sour kraut, miso, and other fermented foods. Kefir usually has stronger cultures of probiotics than does yogurt and also includes yeast probiotics in addition to the probiotic bacteria found in yogurt.
If you are buying cultured milk products like yogurt and kefir, make sure the probiotics are added AFTER the pasteurization process because heat kills probiotics.
You also want to make sure you eat yogurt and kefir cold and not cook with it as this will kill the probiotics.
Home remedies for arthritis do not have the negative side effects that prescription drugs have.
In fact, the home remedies described above actually have positive side effects. If you can keep your arthritis at bay using natural home remedies, your quality of life will be much better.
Good luck and stay healthy!