You Need to Know about Arthritis
Dr. Ben Kim
while ago, I spoke at length with a new client about the nature of
her arthritis and how different it is from osteoarthritis (degenerative
made me realize that I should write up an entire piece discussing
this, as I'm certain that there are some among our readership who
don't have a clue why their joint pain is getting worse by the year
despite giving their affected joints adequate rest.
people think of arthritis as joint pain that is the result of many
years of wear and tear of the tissues within and surrounding joints.
This describes osteoarthritis, and is simple enough to understand;
if you put too much stress on a joint, over time, it will wear down
and turn into a chronic source of discomfort.
also called degenerative joint disease, occurs to some degree in all
of us as we age. As we go through life, our joints accumulate evidence
of wear; on x-ray, this evidence includes decreased joint space, thickening
of bones where they meet to form a joint, and even bone spurs.
me an x-ray of anyone who is 35 years or older and chances are really
good that I can show you multiple signs of some stage of osteoarthritis
- call this an inevitable consequence of living in a world governed
for all of us should be to minimize wear and tear, thereby decreasing
our risk of developing painful stages of osteoarthritis. Here are
some thoughts on how to accomplish this:
to stay at a healthy weight.
what it would feel like to carry around a ten-pound bag of potatoes
all day. Carrying unnecessary body weight is no different; month
after month, year after year, every pound of unnecessary weight
accelerates degeneration of the cartilage that lines all of your
weight-bearing joints, from your ankles, knees, and hips, all
the way up through the intervertebral joints throughout your spine.
simple: all things being equal, people who carry excess body weight
have a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis than those who
maintain a healthier weight for their body structure.
to reduce impact during repetitive weight-bearing activities.
point is all about exercising common sense in caring for your
taking part in athletic activities, use appropriate footwear and
socks or insoles that provide shock absorbing cushioning.
possible, choose softer surfaces over harder ones; for example,
jogging every day on sand or grass rather than pavement should
spare your joints of significant wear.
there's no getting around pounding a hard surface, give your joints
ample time to rest and recover; for example, if you're a tennis
enthusiast and only have access to hard courts, think about taking
a break from heavy hitting at least every other day.
your tissues take a beating from intense physical activity, they
become inflamed, and if you allow the process of inflammation
to do its job, your tissues should recover and be ready for more
work; if you stress your tissues while they're trying
to recover during the inflammatory process, you increase your
risk of developing a chronic injury.
an avid stretcher.
of the most severe cases of spinal osteoarthritis that I have
witnessed have been in truck drivers. There's a reason for this,
of course; there's no position that puts more strain on your intervertebral
joints than the seated position, and when your spine is subjected
to constant up and down jostling for hours of driving at a time,
you can imagine how easy it is to develop micro tears in the cartilaginous
discs that act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae.
not as bad as being in a moving vehicle for long stretches, working
at a desk job is hard on the spine for the same reason.
of what you do for a living, you can slow the pace at which your
spine develops degenerative changes by taking regular breaks throughout
the day to stretch.
down for a minute and try to separate the mid-section of your
body by simultaneously pointing your hands and feet away from
a rotatory stretch to your lower and upper spinal joints by doing
the following stretches:
Stretches to Keep Your Back Healthy
these simple stretches a few times a day can reduce the strain
that your spinal joints experience, and if you add this relief
up over years, you have a lowered risk of developing osteoarthritis
in your spine.
the above pertains to osteoarthritis. It's pretty intuitive; try not
to over stress your joints, and you lower your risk of injuring the
tissues within and surrounding your joints.
Associated with Autoimmune Illness
intuitive are other forms of arthritis that can actually get worse
with or without a lot of physical activity. Examples include rheumatoid
arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis,
arthritis associated with lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis. These
forms of arthritis can be classified as being autoimmune in nature,
whereby your own immune system has gone awry to some degree, and is
causing gradual destruction of the tissues in your joints.
countless immune cells in every corner of your body that are constantly
working to keep you healthy by identifying, packaging, and eliminating
harmful substances that have made their way into your blood.
immune system falters and begins to identify some of your own tissues
as being harmful or unnecessary, it will work to attack and eliminate
these tissues through an inflammatory response that can cause pain
and discomfort in many forms - this is how autoimmune illness develops.
case of autoimmune-related arthritis, the specific tissues that your
immune system decides to attack are within affected joints; this "decision"
may be a genetic predisposition, or it may just be by chance; we don't
yet have enough of an understanding of this issue to know exactly
how specific areas get chosen for breakdown.
in mind that just because you may have a genetic predisposition for
an autoimmune illness does not mean that you are guaranteed to experience
it sometime during your life, or that you cannot recover from it.
predispositions are largely triggered, maintained, and kept under
control by environmental factors, namely, your diet, lifestyle, and
how much stress you experience.
the development of autoimmune-related arthritis requires that your
immune system begins to identify some of the cells within your joints
as being harmful, and that control mechanisms that are in place to
prevent such "glitches" no longer do what they are supposed to in
preventing such occurrences.
are several theories that attempt to explain why and how these glitches
occur. Rather than get into biochemical jargon that will not do much
to help you get better, we can explain these glitches in the following
time, as your cells are abused by lack of rest, lack of optimal nourishment,
accumulation of waste products, and direct insult by excessive amounts
of free radicals and toxins, your cells gradually become less efficient
at eliminating waste products and exogenous toxins (toxins that are
produced outside of your body i.e. environmental waste).
waste products and toxins may incorporate themselves into your cell
membranes, and if this happens, your immune system may identify such
cells as being old and damaged. At that point, your immune system
will work to attack and eliminate such cells from your body.
your immune system go about attacking and eliminating such cells?
By producing antibodies, attaching said antibodies to the membranes
of cells that have been identified as old and damaged, and then sending
other components of your immune system to destroy these antibody-tagged
cells. Your immune system destroys such cells using a process of inflammation,
which is the source of pain and discomfort in autoimmune-related arthritis.
is why, even with substantial physical rest, autoimmune-related arthritis
can continue to exist and even get worse.
we look at how to address major root causes of autoimmune-related
arthritis, you should know that there is another major mechanism by
which autoimmune-related arthritis can develop and worsen, and it
any unnecessary, harmful, or unidentifiable substances enter your
bloodstream, they get noticed by your immune system. In an effort
to preserve your health, your immune system produces antibodies
that seek out and attach themselves to these unwanted substances;
these substances are generally referred to as antigens.
your antibodies attach themselves to antigens, antigen-antibody
complexes are formed. Your immune system will work to eliminate
these antigen-antibody complexes from your body so that the foreign
antigens cannot harm your cells. But if enough of these complexes
are formed, your immune system may not be able to eliminate them
as quickly as they are created. This can lead to some of these complexes
getting deposited into your joints, where they can cause inflammation
and damage. Again, your joints being chosen as the site where antigen-antibody
complexes are deposited is likely determined by your genetic predisposition,
but some of this may also be by chance.
of Antigen-Antibody Complex Formation and Ensuing Inflammation
the most common cause of excessive formation of antigen-antibody complexes
is having an unhealthy digestive tract.
your mouth to your anus, your digestive tract is one long tube that
is meant to extract nutrients out of your food and allow smaller and
usable components of these nutrients to slip through into your bloodstream
so that they can fuel and nourish your cells. While your digestive
tract is designed for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients,
it is also designed to protect your blood and inner cells against
undesirable substances that can become antigens that lead to antigen-antibody
complex formation in your blood.
abuse your digestive tract long enough with poor dietary and lifestyle
choices, it can begin to lose its ability to prevent harmful substances
from entering your blood. The lining of your digestive tract can begin
to lose its integrity, and the population of microorganisms that line
your digestive tract can shift from being predominately health-promoting
and protective bacteria to largely microorganisms that can break down
your digestive tract lining, such as yeast, bad bacteria, and even
state – where your digestive tract lining loses its ability to keep
harmful substances out of your blood – is often called "leaky gut
gut syndrome can cause incompletely digested food to enter your bloodstream.
And the most problematic incompletely digested nutrient in autoimmune
illness is protein.
body expects to receive amino acids – the smaller constituents of
protein – into its blood supply, not bigger molecules of protein (several
amino acids linked to one another). So when incompletely digested
protein enters your blood supply through an unhealthy digestive tract
lining, your immune system identifies these molecules as being foreign
and potentially harmful. Your immune system will quickly move to create
antibodies that can attach onto chains of incompletely digested protein,
forming antigen-antibody complexes. And you know what happens next.
While your immune system will do its best to eliminate these complexes
from your body, if enough of them form because you continue to have
a dysfunctional digestive tract and you continue to eat large amounts
of problematic protein, some of these complexes can get caught up
in your joints and possibly even other areas of your body, leading
to inflammation and pain.
digested protein is not the sole group of substances that can contribute
to autoimmune illness in this fashion. Any substances that your body
cannot use for nourishment can potentially trigger the production
of antigen-antibody complexes and ensuing inflammation. This is why
it's important to be aware of common
household and environmental toxins, and to do your best to decrease
your exposure to them.
great care should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure to conventional
cosmetic products. Lipstick, lip balm, and other products that are
typically used around large pores have a relatively easy pathway to
your blood supply. It's a well established fact that women suffer
from autoimmune illness at a significantly higher rate than men; I
have come to believe that this is, in part, due to the widespread
use of cosmetics among women – this is a connection that has not yet
been established in the medical literature; it's a personal hypothesis
based on my own clinical experiences.
I trust that it's clear how arthritis can exist and worsen even with
plenty of physical rest; if you are consistently eating foods and
being exposed to substances that can trigger breakdown of the cells
within your joints, you arthritis can and will thrive.
forget this: Because osteoarthritis develops to some degree in all
of us as we age, the reality is that people who develop autoimmune-related
arthritis are often experiencing both types (osteoarthritis plus autoimmune)
at the same time, sometimes in the same joints, sometimes in different
one of us can benefit from heeding the common sense tips at the beginning
of this article on minimizing wear and tear of our joints.
physician diagnoses you with a form of autoimmune-related arthritis,
in addition to minimizing physical wear and tear of your joints, if
you want to prevent ongoing inflammation and destruction of your joints
via autoimmune mechanisms, it's essential that you are careful about
every choice you make, especially the foods that you eat and the amount
of emotional stress that you subject yourself to, as these are arguably
the two most important determinants of gut lining and immune system
over many years has been that a significant trigger for autoimmune
activity is dairy. Of course there are some people whose genetics
and good overall health allow them to enjoy dairy without autoimmune
activity or any other ill effects. But for those who do have a genetic
predisposition for autoimmune illness, I'm certain that avoiding dairy
is a wise choice.
there is an obvious trigger like dairy, you can easily identify this.
How? You spend one week on the full
body cleanse program or any other similar cleansing program that
eliminates dairy and flesh meats, then observe how your affected joints
feel. If it's not enough just to feel better and you really want to
test things, after a week of cleansing, you can eat substantial portions
of dairy - try your favorite cheese, which is an ultra concentrated
source of dairy protein. See how your joints feel then, and you'll
have a good sense of how your joints and body in general respond to
do the same thing for any other foods that you suspect are causing
ill effects in your body. But remember this: Sometimes, the sites
at which autoimmune activity occurs can shift without explanation.
client that I spoke with about a month ago is a perfect example of
the possibility of inflammation migrating through the body. His right
hip and left toes would predictably get inflamed after eating too
much dairy and flesh meats. So he managed his pain for years by keeping
consumption of these foods to a minimum - only very small amounts
when his cravings were difficult to ignore.
on vacation, he indulged and had a good amount of feta cheese with
a salad. He braced for a sore hip and swollen toes the next morning,
and was surprised to find that both areas felt just fine. So he had
more cheese plus a little ice cream, and again, was happy to find
that his hip and toes felt fine. This led to several months of eating
larger portions of cheese and even hamburgers and bacon, foods that,
in the past, would predictably create suffering for him.
this came to light during our conversation, which he initiated because
he wanted my thoughts on some sharp, stabbing pains that he had been
experiencing in his lower back with certain positions.
didn't occur to this fellow that the autoimmune activity that was
occurring in his right hip and left toes had shifted to his back,
understandably so, as the nature of his back pain was quite different
from his hip and toe pain. In doing a thorough evaluation, my best
diagnosis was that he was indeed suffering from autoimmune-related
arthritis in his lower back, right at the junction of his lowest lumbar
vertebra and sacrum. With ongoing inflammation in this area and the
fluid that chronic inflammation begins, in certain positions, his
nerves were being compromised, setting off his jolts of pain.
encountered this scenario enough times to know that it happens in
autoimmune illness. We don't know why it happens, but sites of inflammation
can and do migrate. So once you discover triggers to pain and inflammation
in your body, it's probably best that you strive to avoid those triggers
forever, even if one particular body part starts to feel better.
Approach to Addressing Autoimmune-Related Arthritis
things practical, let's review some concrete steps that you can take
to try to manage autoimmune-related arthritis with your daily choices.
Please keep in mind that these steps shouldn't take the place of a
thorough evaluation by your physician, as it's to your benefit to
receive a proper diagnosis and to learn about all of your treatment
Your Digestive Tract a Chance to Heal
of your digestive tract as your first physical line of defense against
autoimmune-related arthritis, or any degenerative illness for that
your mouth to your rectal pouch, the lining of your digestive tract
is continuous with the skin that covers your body. Technically, this
makes your digestive tract lining similar to your outer skin in the
sense that it acts as a barrier that protects your blood and inner
tissues against undesirable substances in your environment.
the lining of your digestive tract begins to break down, if your genetic
programming allows for it, you will begin to experience the antigen-antibody
complex formation that occurs whenever incompletely digested protein
leaks through your damaged digestive tract into your blood. The same
goes for exogenous toxins like synthetic chemicals found in cosmetic
are suffering from autoimmune-related arthritis, chances are good
that your digestive tract is not as healthy as it can be, and that
the effects of "leaky gut syndrome" and the formation of antigen-antibody
complexes are contributing to your joint pain.
you know with reasonable certainty that your digestive tract lining
is not as healthy as possible? Leaky gut syndrome is not recognized
by conventional medicine as a health condition, most likely because
there are no clear-cut drugs or surgical procedures that can justifiably
be prescribed for it.
of lining integrity that we are talking about is microscopic, which
doesn’t make it any less harmful than it is.
you can safely assume that your digestive tract lining is in need
of significant repair if you have joint pain that doesn't respond
to physical rest and you have one or more of the following symptoms
of digestive tract dysfunction:
foul-smelling gas production
discomfort in your abdomen following meals or even during meals
constipation and/or diarrhea
do you go about restoring the health of your digestive tract?
recognize that your body’s self healing mechanisms are already hard
at work to repair any damage that exists within your body, including
within your digestive tract.
as your body predictably works to heal a cut on your skin the moment
the cut is created, your body is constantly on the alert for trouble
spots throughout your body and will always work to repair damaged
between your digestive tract and your skin is that you can see your
skin and clearly determine if your daily choices are helping or hindering
your self healing mechanisms as they work to repair a cut.
way, it's easy for you to see that when you keep a cut on your skin
clean and protected against abrasive objects, your body can almost
always successfully restore it to health. But when it comes to your
digestive tract, it's not as easy for you to know how your daily food
and lifestyle choices are helping or hindering your body’s attempt
to heal damaged sections.
could see with your eyes how a specific food that you ate over lunch
– say a large yogurt or a substantial serving of steak – was putting
stress on your digestive tract lining and preventing it from making
progress in healing, you would certainly be well motivated to avoid
it isn't obvious to your eyes how other foods, lack of rest, emotional
stress, and other lifestyle factors are affecting the health status
of your digestive tract.
news is that you can learn – from this article and by listening to
your body’s signals – how to best support healing of your digestive
tract. And once your daily food and lifestyle choices consistently
support your body’s ongoing efforts to restore the health of your
digestive tract, recovery of your health is well within your reach.
you want a cut on your skin to heal as quickly as possible, you know
that you must do the best you can not to disturb that area. Leave
it alone and let your healing mechanisms do exactly what they are
well designed to do all the time.
same principle applies to healing your digestive tract: leave it alone
as much as possible. Do not give it any unnecessary stress.
takes us to our next major point...
Eating Habits that Facilitate Optimal Digestion
the single most important eating habit that you can adopt to facilitate
healing of your digestive tract is to chew your foods thoroughly.
you want to chew your foods until liquid. When you chew well, you
allow your digestive tract to efficiently break down nutrients in
your foods into smaller building blocks that can pass through the
wall of your small intestine into your blood.
teeth are designed to mechanically break down food, while the rest
of your digestive tract and organs are designed to chemically break
down your food. Whenever you do not chew well, your digestive tract
and organs take on the burden of trying to accomplish what is much
easier for your teeth to take care of.
have dental or jaw problems that make it difficult to chew well, consider
blending your foods in a blender or food processor.
your foods and liquids well allows your saliva and digestive enzymes
to mix in with your foods and liquids, and begins the process of digestion
right in your mouth.
chewing encourages physical and emotional rest while eating. And being
emotionally balanced and at rest while you eat allows your body to
send a rich supply of blood to your digestive organs during a meal,
which helps to optimize every step of digestion.
strive to combine the habit of chewing well with a steady focus on
feelings of gratitude for your food and other blessings. Just as the
connection between your mind and body can cause you to sweat when
you are nervous, having a feeling of gratitude while you chew your
food can help your digestive organs break down nutrients in your food
and assimilate smaller food constituents into your blood.
you condition yourself to chew well and to eat with a grateful heart,
the next habit to adopt to promote optimal digestive tract health
Eating More Protein than You Need
previously, a significant cause of autoimmune-related arthritis is
the formation of antigen-antibody complexes that can float around
in your blood and get deposited into your joints, which can cause
inflammation and accompanying discomfort.
chief cause of formation of such immune complexes is the leakage of
incompletely digested protein into your blood.
your food well will certainly help to minimize the amount of undigested
protein that can make it into your blood.
stay optimally well, it is equally important to avoid eating more
protein than your body needs.
it's best to eat no more than half of your body weight of protein,
in grams, per day. This means that if you weigh 150 pounds, you should
strive to eat no more than about 75 grams of protein per day.
serving of beef, chicken, or fish contains approximately 25 grams
of protein. And three ounces of meat equates to a serving size that
is about the size of a regular deck of cards.
forget that every food that you eat, including fruits and vegetables,
contains some protein (that's right - contrary to popular belief,
fruit does contain some protein). So if you eat three ounces of animal-based
protein for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you are almost certainly
eating more than 75 grams of protein per day.
of broccoli, cooked spinach, or corn contains approximately 5 grams
of peas contains over 8 grams of protein.
a medium-sized potato contains almost 5 grams of protein.
eat plenty of vegetables and legumes, it isn't difficult to get enough
protein to be optimally healthy without eating any animal foods at
all. I'm not suggesting that you need to be a strict vegan for the
long term to recover from and prevent autoimmune-related arthritis.
Rather, I am striving to illustrate how easy it is to eat more protein
than you need, which is a critical mistake when addressing autoimmune
experiences have led me to believe that animal-based protein, especially
when cooked at high temperatures, tends to contribute to antigen-antibody
complex formation in people with autoimmune-related arthritis more
easily than plant-based protein.
support recovery from autoimmune-related arthritis over the long term,
I recommend eating no more than a single three-ounce serving of animal-based
protein per day, cooked using a low temperature technique, such as
steaming or boiling.
I even recommend staying away from all animal-based protein for a
period of six months to give your digestive tract complete rest from
having to digest animal protein. During such a time, it's best to
avoid eating large amounts of protein-dense plant foods as well, such
as nuts, seeds, and legumes. So long as you eat plenty of vegetables,
especially green ones like broccoli, lettuce, and cabbage, you should
get enough protein for your daily needs.
six months of avoiding animal protein and going light on protein-dense
plant foods, you can gradually increase your protein intake until
you are eating approximately one gram of protein per day for every
two pounds of your body weight, with no more than one major serving
of animal-based protein.
we've emphasized how important it is to avoid over-consumption of
protein, let’s take a close look at how you can choose to...
Foods that Optimally Nourish Your Cells and Cause Little to No Harm
experience, the best food groups for preventing and reversing autoimmune-related
arthritis are vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. Ideally, you want
to eat just these food groups (with perhaps very small amounts of
legumes) for a period of six months to give your body the rest and
nutrients that it needs to best support a full recovery.
fresh salad every day that includes plenty of dark green lettuces
and colorful vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, shredded
zucchini, and shredded red beets. Some help on this if you need it:
to Make World-Class Salads
healthy fat intake, add an avocado, as well as a simple salad dressing
made out of extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and a touch
of honey and/or mustard if you like a little sweet and sour to your
to Make Healthy Salad Dressing
vegetables are also an excellent food group for overcoming autoimmune
illness. You can eat a lot more broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, red beets,
and other hardy vegetables when they are steamed than you can when
they are raw. Steaming such foods can actually help you extract more
nutrients out of them.
can also soften the fiber found in these foods, which can be helpful
if your digestive tract is sensitive to large amounts of raw fiber.
Try eating steamed vegetables with healthy salad dressings or even
soups that can serve as nourishing and flavorful sauces.
make vegetable soups by boiling vegetables and then running them and
the water that they are boiled in through a blender or food processor.
vegetables in their raw state allows you to benefit from naturally
occurring enzymes that are destroyed with cooking.
vegetables that are steamed or boiled allows you to eat more of them
and extract more nutrients out of them than you can when they are
raw. So eating both raw and cooked vegetables diversifies
your intake of health-promoting nutrients.
pressed vegetable juices provide intact enzymes, and because they
are nutrients that have already been extracted from fibrous vegetables,
they provide a concentrated batch of nutrients that are readily absorbed
into your system and able to nourish your cells. If possible, do your
best to include at least one freshly pressed vegetable juice in your
diet on a daily basis. And if your life circumstances don't allow
for this, consider taking a high
quality green food powder.
grains like brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and oats can provide
you with plenty of complex carbohydrates that can take care of the
bulk of your daily caloric needs. Whole grains are also rich in B
vitamins and a wide variety of minerals.
be sure to soak whole grains in water for at least a few hours, preferably
overnight, before cooking. Doing so makes whole grains easier to digest
and also prevents potential problems with mineral absorption. The
bran of whole grains contains a substance called phytic acid, which
can bind onto calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous in your
digestive tract, preventing them from entering your blood.
whole grains helps to neutralize phytic acid and prevent such binding
from occurring in your digestive tract.
the case with salads and steamed vegetables, adding healthy dressings
and sauces to whole grains can make them an enjoyable staple in your
are also a good choice for autoimmune illness, but you have to be
careful about not eating more fruits than vegetables.
certain fruits like berries, grapes, pomegranates, watermelon, and
mangoes are concentrated in health-promoting antioxidants, most fruits
have a lot more carbohydrates and naturally occurring sugar (fructose)
than they do antioxidants.
the majority of health-promoting nutrients found in fruits are in
their skins and seeds. So when eating fruits, choose varieties that
are rich in color and, whenever possible, try to eat their skins and
seeds. Excellent choices include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries,
strawberries, pomegranates, mangoes, papayas, apples, watermelon,
cantaloupe, and some of the "super foods" that are becoming more popular
and readily available with each passing day, such as goji
in mind that it's always better to eat fresh fruits rather than dried
fruits. Dried fruits are heavily concentrated in natural sugars that
can put stress on your blood sugar-regulating mechanisms, which can
increase your risk of suffering from diabetes and other forms of cardiovascular
take a look at a three suggestions related to lifestyle choices that
go beyo your diet...
Adequate Physical Rest
overlook the importance of getting adequate physical rest as you seek
to recover from autoimmune-related arthritis. Simply put, the more
you rest, the more energy your body can devote to repairing damaged
areas, including your digestive tract.
most important is to get deep, restful sleep each night. It's during
deep, restful sleep that your body produces large quantities of hormones
that are directly or indirectly responsible for facilitating healing
and growth of your tissues.
hormones include growth hormone, testosterone, and erythropoietin.
Your body produces these hormones in small quantities while you're
awake and active, but in order to produce them in optimal quantities
for healing moderate to severe degrees of autoimmune-related arthritis,
you need deep, restful sleep on a regular basis.
Optimal Vitamin D Status
adequate vitamin D status is extremely important to treating and preventing
autoimmune illness. And the safest way to ensure adequate vitamin
D status is to regularly expose your skin to sunlight without getting
rays in sunlight can convert cholesterol that is found in your skin
to natural vitamin D. Amazingly, once you produce enough vitamin D
through this mechanism, your body will not manufacture additional
vitamin D until you need more, even with continued exposure to sunlight.
This natural "stop" mechanism is important because you do not want
to have more vitamin D than your body needs on a moment-to-moment
basis; vitamin D is fat-soluble, and can therefore be stored to levels
that are toxic to your body.
sunlight is not regularly available, as is the case in the northern
hemisphere throughout the late fall, winter, and early spring months,
it is important to ensure adequate vitamin D intake through foods
that are naturally rich in vitamin D.
help with vitamin D:
to Make Sure that You Are Getting Enough Vitamin D for Your Best Health
Clear on Why You Want To Be Well
you ever experienced a frightful dream that was so real that you woke
up with a pounding heart or a coat of sweat on your skin?
you ever experienced a gush of saliva in your mouth while thinking
about eating something tart like a fresh lemon?
and other everyday experiences are proof that your thoughts and emotions
can create real physical change throughout your body. Every thought
and emotion that you experience triggers countless chemical reactions
throughout your body via your nervous
and endocrine systems.
how powerful your mind-body connection is, you can harness its power
as you seek to address autoimmune-related arthritis.
time you strongly believe that you will experience a full recovery,
your body moves towards that reality. Every time you start feeling
sorry for yourself and believe that you will never be free of arthritis,
your illness becomes more deeply rooted in your physiology.
your mind-body connection to facilitate recovery goes beyond repeating
affirmations to yourself, telling yourself that you believe you will
be well. Affirmations are important and useful, but they must come
from a place of genuine strength and conviction.
your thoughts and emotions to be well must begin with a careful evaluation
of your core life values, beliefs, and desires.
struggling with any form of arthritis, I hope that some of the thoughts
presented here lead to measurable improvement in your quality of life.
Unfortunately, it's simply not possible for most physicians to spend
time discussing all of the points mentioned above, even if they are
aware of them. Ultimately, it's you who has to put the most effort
into understanding and caring for your joints and the rest of your
health, and it all starts in recognizing that every choice you make
contributes to your reality.
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