There are over 100 types of arthritis, which share the common symptom of painful inflammation around joints. The cause of the inflammation varies, but the result is the same. It is an ancient disease, with examples of it dating back to 4500 BC. Over 70% of arthritis cases belong to those over age 65, but it can strike anyone. Even children.
2 Most Common
The 2 most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis can be caused by injury to a joint, but more often is the culmination of years of wear and tear on the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in younger individuals, and occurs when the immune system starts attacking body tissues as if they were foreign invaders.
Keeping your gut, and therefore your body's immune system healthy, can reduce the chance of your autoimmune system dysfunctioning. It can also help keep inflammation down throughout your body and help promote the delivery of important nutrients and minerals to your tissues.
While there isn't yet a cure for arthritis, reducing or eliminating your body's response to it can help keep arthritis from getting worse. More importantly, a healthier autoimmune system may provide you with the pain reduction, improved range of motion, freedom from fatigue and diminished dependency on drugs that all arthritis sufferers seek.