Arthritis is something we all want to avoid, for obvious reasons. Unfortunately for some, it’s way too far down the line for that, but there are things that you can do.

There are over 100 forms of arthritis, but one thing they all have in common is pain and discomfort. We are going to take a look at some of the more serious and common ones, because although arthritis is debilitating, there are things you can do to eradicate – or at least lessen the severity of it, depending on the type you have.

Rheumatoid arthritis

According to statistic, around 1.5 million people in America alone have it Rheumatoid arthritis, and seventy-five percent are female. Studies have concluded that 2.5 out of 100 European males aged between 18 and 80 are candidates for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Causes of Rheumatoid arthritis are not totally confirmed, but heredity is generally accepted. It is actually an autoimmune disease, so it is your body that attacks itself, damaging the synovial tissues that sheath your joints. What is not commonly known is that it isn’t only your bones, cartilage and ligaments; all areas of the body are susceptible to this condition (including the heart and lungs) and if nothing is done about it, it typically gets worse over time.

Rheumatoid arthritis starts by affecting the smaller joints, causing serious swelling and a great deal of pain; you can often see distorted thumb and finger joints in sufferers, but over time it can start to affect the larger hip, knee and shoulder joints too, sometimes leading to permanent disability (which generally happens over a span of approximately ten years). For these reasons it is so important to do whatever you can in order to tackle this disease before it gets a grip on your body.

Like other forms of arthritis, it flares up and down, but as the condition worsens, the gap lessens and symptoms start to include anemia, weight loss, fatigue and fevers.

Rheumatoid arthritis is known to be the most difficult to manage (with no known cure) but in order to manage its symptoms, the equation is simple: alkalinity = anti-inflammatory, so changing your diet to an alkaline one can only have a positive impact on your Rheumatoid arthritis. For example, you can include more Omega 3s for inflammation reduction, and also add foods like turmeric, coconut oil, DMSO (a very effective anti-inflammatory painkiller) and other superfoods and products that assist the joints.

Control or eradicate arthritis with proper diet

What pH health know well is that your environment and lifestyle are both major contributing factors to arthritis of all kinds, so paying attention to what you are putting in your body, as well as your external circumstances, is of the utmost importance in tackling this debilitating condition.

Arthritis is prone to flaring up and calming in frequent cycles, but you can lessen the severity with careful consideration to your diet and lifestyle. Alkalising is extremely important. Because many types of arthritis are caused by uric acid stored between the joints, you can be sure you’ve consumed an excessive amount of acidic foods and drinks over the years. These acids are not able to dissolve because the levels of alkalinity in your diet (and therefore your body) are way too low.

Dealing with Gout

Gout is another form of arthritis in which you experience swelling and severe pain the joints, typically around the big toes. Gout can also affect other joints though: your ankles, knees, hands, wrists and elbows can all suffer from this form of arthritis, especially as we age.

The cause of this is acidosis: too much acid/uric acid in your diet. Approximately 5% of people who have high levels of uric acid will develop gout. Gout occurs when this chemical waste – uric acid  – collects in your joints, and an excess of this acid becomes crystals that cause aching and swelling, heat and redness, all of which are often extremely painful.

Due to the acidosis, you are likely to experience symptoms like acid reflux and indigestion, higher temperature and extreme tiredness and fatigue. Your inflamed toe joint may appear to have a boil on it, or the skin can appear shiny and start to peel. This is because the body is attempting to remove the excess acid, so it pushes it out through the skin, where the inflammation manifests on the surface.

Alkalise, alkalise, alkalise

If you alkalise sufficiently, there may be periods of years passing between attacks. However, if you get chronic gout that lasts for more than six weeks, a more permanent form of arthritis can take hold of the joints. This is characterized by small white pimples (known as ‘tophi’) that appear on your skin of the hands, ears, fingers and elbows. Tophi are simply uric crystals that have formed under the surface of the skin. These crystals are painful, but they can cause worse problems if your acidosis is chronic; they can accumulate in the kidneys to form kidney stones.

pH health feel that prevention is better than cure in all cases – especially that of kidney stones, which can mean that you’ll need to undergo invasive treatment. It is better to reduce your acidity levels if possible through diet and natural health protocols and alkalising products like pH plus and pH drops that neutralise the acidity.

Of course, knowing what to avoid (e.g. acid forming drinks such as alcohol and coffee) is as important as knowing what to put in.

pH health have your health in mind. We are experts in natural health protocols, acidity and alkalinity, and we are more than happy to help you get to the bottom of your particular health issues. Feel free to contact us for information, and don’t forget to download our free Ebook, Alkalising for Health!