Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is the most common form of arthritis and a major cause of disability and pain. Yet not all sore knees indicate that you’re developing arthritis. How can you tell the difference?
Researchers sought to answer this question by following a group of 5,000 men and women who had or were at high risk of developing knee OA for seven years, on average. The researchers determined that the very earliest sign of knee osteoarthritis showed up as knee pain while going up and down stairs. This symptom showed up even before x-rays showed any evidence of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, so without intervention, it progressed from pain on the stairs, to pain while walking, then in standing, and finally in sitting and lying in bed.
No one wants to wind up being kept awake by pain when they’re trying to sleep, so what can you do if you find your knees hurting each time you walk up and down a flight of stairs?
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to heal arthritis, especially if caught in its earliest stages.
Since arthritis is fundamentally an inflammatory disease, the most important thing to do is to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle. This includes things we talk about all the time at Beyond Health: staying away from sugar, refined carbohydrates, dairy, gluten, allergens, inflammatory fats and oils like hydrogenated fat and processed vegetable oils, and eating a diet high in a variety of fresh, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy oils like real olive oil, flax oil, coconut oil and organic ghee. Toxins and stress are both inflammatory, so it pays to avoid them as much as possible while making it a point to engage in restorative, restful activity, and to get enough sleep and exercise. Infections are inflammatory, so keep your immune system strong, and since excess fat produces inflammatory chemicals, maintain a normal body weight.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplements will also help, especially fish oil, a comprehensive multivitamin, and at least 6 grams vitamin C daily, vitamins D and E, CoQ10, curcumin, quercetin, and Beyond Health’s Cell Defender.
Finally, feed your joints with the nutrients they crave in Beyond Health’s Joint Protection Formula: glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM, with additional supportive and synergistic pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
The bones in our joints are cushioned by cartilage bathed in lubricating fluid. Osteoarthritis (OA) results when an inflammatory process takes hold, breaking cartilage down faster than it can be produced. As a result the cartilage becomes thin, stiff and dry. The bones begin to rub against each other, causing pain and further damage to cartilage and other tissues, including nerves and bone.
Glucosamine is the key molecule needed to rebuild cartilage as well as the synovial fluid that lubricates our joints.
Reducing systemic inflammation with an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle while you replenish glucosamine and its supporting nutrients is a comprehensive solution to the altered biochemistry which lies at the heart of osteoarthritis.
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