According to Wikipedia “arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints.  In some types other organs are also affected. Onset can be gradual or sudden. There are over 100 types of arthritis. The most common forms are osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)).  Osteoarthritis usually occurs with age and affects the fingers, knees, and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the hands and feet.  Other types include gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, and septic arthritis. They are all types of rheumatic disease.” 

Most people with arthritis have osteoarthritis (only 1% have RA). Osteoarthritis symptoms should be manageable with natural and non-invasive approaches. By keeping the immune system strong and stable, eating right, exercising right and taking care of bone and joint health, one should be able to reduce its symptoms.

Chronic low-grade inflammation is often the root of many health concerns, especially arthritis and pain. Inflammation is dependent upon stress, activity levels, sleep and nutrition.  One can reduce and eliminate chronic low-grade inflammation through stress reduction, good quality sleep, appropriate exercise, a balanced diet and lifestyle and dietary supplements.

Diet plays an enormous part in our health and wellness. Being overweight is going to cause a great load on the joints and wear away the cartilage over time to contribute, or cause arthritis. People who are overweight tend to have less energy and are less likely to be or remain physically active which will then worsen the condition.

According to Dr Mark Wiley, those suffering from arthritis should try to avoid several categories of food, including those from the nightshade family (which include white potatoes, aubergines, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, goji berries, cape gooseberries, paprika), milk-based products and high fructose corn syrup. Avoid fatty, sugary and processed foods to stave off pain and inflammation. Your diet is an important part of the solution to achieving a life free from arthritis pain.

Dr Axe writes that some people with arthritis tend to be less active than those without arthritis, likely due to the pain they feel when exercising and moving stiff body parts. However, physical activity is important for joint health and in the long run, can actually help treat arthritis. Exercise is beneficial for strengthening the muscles around the affected joint, which provides added support and less strain.

Most experts consider movement an essential part of any arthritis treatment plan, even stating that it’s “the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis.” Regular activity has been shown to help lower inflammation, regulate hormones and can even help prevent unnecessary replacement surgeries.

According to Dr Jockers conventional treatments for joint pain include pain medications, NSAIDS and corticosteroid injections. These treatments can have severe and unwanted side effects which can worsen over time. Fortunately, there are natural solutions for joint pain without dangerous side effects. One of the most important strategies for joint pain is to remove pro-inflammatory foods and consume an anti-inflammatory diet. Maintaining a healthy weight, optimal hydration, good sleep, intermittent fasting, and low-impact exercise and stretching are effective strategies for improving joint pain. Beneficial nutrients for your joints include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, collagen, magnesium, and curcumin. Implementing these strategies can be helpful for preventing and improving joint pain.

Sleep is important for overall health, including healthy joints. Not getting enough sleep promotes inflammation in your body which leads to joint pain. Getting optimal amounts of restorative and refreshing sleep is key for reducing inflammation throughout the body. There have been numerous studies on the effects of sleep loss. These studies show that mediators of inflammation are altered by sleep loss.

If you are suffering from arthritis I recommend Dr Mark Wiley’s book ‘Arthritis Reversed’ for a clear and concise plan to help you reduce any debilitating effects you may be experiencing.  I can only speak from personal experience but when I started to notice sore joints on my fingers a few years ago I started taking a hyaluronic acid supplement, plus magnesium which I am convinced has kept any condition worsening. It goes without saying that I keep fit, sleep well and follow a healthy diet!