After about seven years of working as a hair stylist I began experiencing joint discomfort. It began in my fingers, moved to my wrists and eventually to my elbows and knees. I also had extreme muscle tightness and discomfort.
Regardless of the amount of exercise or stretching I did, I could not find any relief. In fact the discomfort only continued to worsen over time.
Due to my profession at the time I thought it was all from the toll it was taking on my body. I was standing on my feet all day, probably in terrible posture. I constantly held my arms up, and used the same repetitive movements throughout the day.
But as I began to do more research on the subject of joint and other body discomfort, I started to understand the connection between digestive health and body aches and pains.
In wanting to learn more about what was happening in my body, I consulted a Homeopathic Doctor. With this, a lot of research and some trial and error, I discovered that in healing the gut, we can feel better in all sorts of ways, including joint discomfort and other aches and pains. Not only did I learn a ton, I started to feel a whole lot better too.
Here are my top tips for relieving joint pain and inflammation:
1. Eliminate gluten from the diet. Gluten is inflammatory and can eat away at the intestinal lining. This can cause a whole plethora of symptoms, including joint pain and inflammation as the body tries to defend itself against foreign invaders leaking into the bloodstream.
2. Temporarily eliminate grains and dairy from the diet. Grains and dairy are inflammatory, period. They are not necessarily “bad” foods, but for someone with joint inflammation, grains and dairy will exacerbate symptoms by causing inflammation, especially if you have a sensitivity to grains or dairy.
3. Eat tons of probiotic rich foods. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of organic, raw, refrigerated sauerkraut. This and other fermented vegetables are loaded with enzymes and probiotics for healing the gut and helping break down our food properly. I recommend eating a little bit every single day for healthy digestion. This helps to heal and seal the intestinal lining, which ultimately helps prevent foreign bodies from leaking out into the bloodstream causing joint irritation/inflammation.
4. Add bone broth to your life. Bone broths are some of the most healing foods we can eat. Bone broths made from grass fed and organic pastured animals help soothe and heal the intestinal lining, are extremely anti-inflammatory and contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals for healing the digestive organs. In addition, bone broth can assist our bodies in the removal of toxins through the colon.
5. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Anti-inflammatory diets consist of plenty of fresh, raw organic fruits and veggies, bone broths, veggie soups and stews, and fermented foods. This helps in the detoxification process, as well as healing and nourishing the digestive organs.
6. Seek out professional assistance. For me personally, I was able to heal most quickly and confidently when I sought out professional help regarding my concerns. If you are having joint pain and inflammation, don’t wait to seek out help. There are some great practitioners out there just waiting to help you nourish your body, so you can create an internal healing environment.
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