You can’t really relieve joint pain without dealing with the root cause of most joint pain
There are several paths to joint pain. The biochemical pathways involve more than one organ or biological system yet all lead to inflammation being out of control.
Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints.
Believe it or not, poor joint health doesn’t happen immediately outside may be an injury or an infection. We will discuss those a bit more below.
Before we get to that, check out this video below that shows how 7 causes of joint pain all lead to inflammation.
The #1 cause of joint pain is inflammation.
As stated previously, Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Arthritis typically covers over 100 different diseases that are all commonly labelled as joint pain.
Inflammation is actually a natural biological process designed to :
- Protect the body from invaders such as pathogens.
- Support healing.
- Remove biological waste such as damaged cells
- Protects the body from danger as part of the fight or flight response mechanism.
If inflammation is a good thing, then how does it become bad?
Inflammation becomes bad when the shut off mechanism becomes faulty.
Imagine, you set a timer on the toaster oven to stop at 15 minutes. However, 15 minutes pass and the oven does not shut off.
What happens next? The oven keeps going and the contents get burnt.
Similarly, in the body, the immediate danger may have past yet the body fails to signal to the inflammatory pathway to stop.
In other circumstances, the initial trigger remains inside the body creating more inflammation.
This increased level of inflammation in the body then affects other organs, tissues and systems which in turn the forms more inflammation.
This is the cause of chronic pain.
Inflammation if left unchecked, starts destroying healthy cells and tissues.
The causes of joint pain discussed in the above video were:
Old Injuries, Surgeries and Joint Pain
Poor posture, sleeping badly and other bad lifting habits strain and weaken the skeletal frame. They may cause small fissures that go unnoticed.
Add that to other injuries or even surgeries that are not properly healed. Many of these situations lead to joint pain in advanced ages. This also includes wear and tear on the bone structure and joints from both overuse and age.
A lot of these instances would lead to joint pain categorized as osteoarthritis
Food Sensitivity and/ Poor Gut Health, Inflammation and Joint Pain
Due to persons lacking the right balance of good and bad bacteria along with the proper enzyme composition. This definitely affects the body’s ability to digest your foods completely.
This imbalance also prevents the body from fully absorbing the nutrients from the food you eat. Undigested food causes problems in many ways.
One main way is to rut and the by-products become toxic to our system triggering inflammation. Both the toxins and bad bacteria can then trigger actions that lead to joint pain.
Allergic Reactions and Joint Pain
Although this is similar to food sensitivity, there is a main difference. In this case, the body sees these items as an immediate threat and treats them as such.
Have you ever seen someone allergic to peanuts or seafood? It is like world war 1 inside the body. Think about it as an autoimmune disease on a very low level. This strong body response can lead to death in some cases, unlike food sensitivity.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, as well as other organs in the body. It affects the lungs and kidneys.
During an allergic reaction, the immune system may treat the item like a virus or bacteria. You develop an infection in one pathway. Please note that during an allergic reaction or any other biological anomaly, multiple pathways or reactions occur.
Interestingly, joint pain that forms due to an infection ( this also includes the flu virus) is called reactive arthritis.
The Inflammatory Diet
Diet high in fats, white flour and sugar all contribute to joint pain. A lot of people have had immense relief from joint pain simply from stop consuming soda and other foods high in sugar.
You need to also know that foods high in Omega 6 can increase inflammation. Your body needs the right ratio of omega 6 to Omega 3 for optimum health. Omega 6 is usually abundant in most foods. It is the powerful Omega 3 that is lacking from our diet. Omega 3 support healthy heart, joints and vision.
Electrolyte Imbalance is another culprit for muscle and joint pain especially the lack of Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin D2. We discussed the impact of electrolytic imbalance in a previous post.
Don’t underestimate the importance of these ions such as magnesium, chlorides and zinc. These ions affect many biochemical reactions including energy production and regulating your heartbeat and mobility. Balance of these ions is also connected to your diet and maintaining proper hydration.
Gout is inflammation of the joint due to a build-up of purines in the form of uric acid crystals.
The body is unable to eliminate urea fast enough leading to excess amounts being deposited in the joints. Foods such as red meat have been known to increase the occurrence of gout.
As I always say, food can be our poison or our medicine.
In fact, there are foods that naturally reduce the inflammation in our body. Have you ever heard of the anti-inflammatory diet? Look out for a post on that one.
However, one such example of anti-inflammatory food is turmeric.
The benefits of turmeric are well documented and also has been shown to reduce inflammation and more specifically relieve joint pain.
Stress and Joint Pain
Stress can manifest in the body in a variety of ways. This can be a headache or something more serious as heart problems. Stress triggers inflammation through several biological systems. These include inflammatory messengers such as Cytokines. It also involves hormones like Cortisol and the immune system.
The video above goes into a more in dept discussion. Yet most of the causes can fall under the broad terms mentioned above.
I hope that you do see that everything is related. One thing that should be very clear right now is that joint pain does not happen overnight.
The following list of items impacts and weakens the bone structure making us more susceptible to joint pain:
- Poor lifestyle choices
- Poor eating habits
- Poor sleeping habits
- Not drinking adequate water
- Not managing stress
- Not paying attention to injuries
- Not allowing proper physical, mental and emotional healing.
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