4. Rehydrate the body. Chronic dehydration worsens pain and prevents the body from properly handling inflammation. Drink at least 8 cups of pure water daily.
5. Balance hormones, including blood sugar levels through a high-fiber diet and healthy snacking between meals.
6. Heal a leaky gut. In my experience arthritis and leaky gut syndrome seem to be linked. Recent research shows that the intestines are not just digestive organs; they are the site of approximately 67 percent of the body’s immune system and can determine an overactive immune system, which has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis.
7. Eliminate infections. Some parasitic bacteria that can become overgrown in the body can produce caustic chemicals that alter the immune response, thereby activating the body’s alarm mechanisms and creating a state of chronic inflammation. Taking a good quality probiotic supplement on an empty stomach, as well as oil of oregano (taken at least 3 hours before or after from probiotics) can be helpful.
8. Start stress management exercises like yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and stating positive affirmations. Stress hormones can worsen pain and inflammation so it is important to practice some form of stress management to reduce stress in your life. Of course, a positive attitude incorporating affirmations can be helpful.
9. Balance the body on an energetic level through energy medicines like homeopathy. The most commonly used homeopathic remedies for arthritis include: rhus tox, bryonia, apis, and belladonna. Rhus tox is best suited for people who experience symptom improvement from moving but tend to get stiff from rest. Bryonia is best for people whose symptoms worsen from movement, apis is suitable for people with hot, burning, stinging pain and swelling. Belladonna is best suited for people who experience a rapid and violent onset of throbbing arthritic pain and red, hot, and swollen joints.
10. Incorporate an exercise program that stretches and tones the body while limiting joint damage.
Steps 11 and 12 will follow in Part 2 and offer extensive dietary suggestions and natural remedies for pain management.