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Can Alkaline Water Benefit Arthritis Sufferers?

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Arthritis is considered by western medicine as a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases that affect the joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, arthritis affects approximately one in six Canadians over the age of 15, and the CDC reports that incidents of arthritis in the US are expected to increase to 67 million by 2030. That’s a lot of people, and a lot of suffering.

Who Suffers From Arthritis?

Current statistics further report that two thirds of those who suffer with arthritis are female and statistics from 2003 report that of every five people diagnosed with arthritis, three were under the age of 65. Arthritis is a painful ailment that knows no boundaries, affecting both young and old alike, and even rearing its ugly head in those in apparent good health.

What Causes Arthritis?

According to western medicine, the cause of arthritis is unknown but it is believed that some risk factors such as genetics, injury, infection, hormones, and weight can be markers for arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and as Dr. Dan DeReuter, D.C. explains, “This type of arthritis is primarily an auto-immune response. This means that the body believes it is under attack by an invader, such as an infection of some kind. However, this is not the case and the body ends up “attacking” the toxins that have built up in the joint capsules”.

And Dr. DeReuter is not alone in this belief. Where western medicine will tell us that the disease is the inflammation, holistic practitioners argue that the inflammation of arthritis is a symptom of malaise, a signal that something is out of balance in the body, rather than a disease, and that the inflammation of arthritis is the result of an accumulation of toxins in the affected joints.

Is It the Toxins?

Could toxicity really be the simple answer to the cause of arthritis? Now where I do believe that there is value in both western and natural medicine, in the case of arthritis I choose to follow the teachings of holistic practitioners. Western medicine is all about treating symptoms, where holistic medicine aims at the root of a health issue and works towards fixing the problem that caused the symptom in the first place.

We inundate our bodies with toxins through diet and further through environmental exposure – but most of us fail to detoxify our bodies on a regular basis, and those toxins continue to build up within our bodies over the years, wrecking havoc on our health. Even the very medications prescribed to manage the symptoms of arthritis are known to be toxic…  And sadly, as a result, the very thing that most people afflicted with arthritis use to manage the pain and swelling is in fact only adding to the toxic buildup within their bodies. In effect they are only masking the symptoms while constantly increasing their body’s toxicity.

Treating The Symptoms Might Make Things Worse

Kim Evans, author of Cleaning Up! The Ultimate Body Cleanse reports in an article about reduced access to acetaminophen that, “The sad irony is that arthritic patients are complaining they might have reduced access to a drug known to damage the liver. The irony comes into play when you realize that your liver is your prime detoxification organ, and therefore the organ a person with arthritis or chronic pain needs on their side the most – to detoxify the body and remove the acids causing the inflammation. Because when the body has been thoroughly detoxified, it’s more than likely that the root cause will have been removed and the pain will no longer exist”.

And for me, this is a key point. In order to have healthy bodies we need to mindfully care for our bodies – and that means making informed decisions about everything we put into our bodies – and I do mean everything, from food to medications. Making healthy dietary choices in the first place is an awesome place to start, and so is regular detoxification through diet and water.

How Can We Make Sure Our Bodies Are At Their Best To Resist Arthritis?

Water is one of our best defences in helping our bodies detoxify – but not just any old water will do, and certainly not unfiltered tap water. For effective detoxification you need pure, clean water that will flush the vital organs and cells without adding more toxins into the body, and the best water for that job is alkaline water.

Alkaline water does a fantastic job of not only hydrating the body – it’s also an excellent choice for detoxification. Due to the micro-clustered molecular structure of alkaline water, it more easily penetrates the cell wall and is six times more hydrating than regular water.  It’s alkaline rather than acidic (most water is acidic) and is said to help the body to maintain an alkaline environment. Alkaline water is also an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, and as well, it flushes away acidic waste while it gently cleanses at a deep cellular level.

If I were a person suffering with arthritis I would definitely be looking at the root of the problem rather than merely masking the symptoms with medication. I would consult a holistic health professional and use nutrition coupled with alkaline water to detoxify my body and remedy the situation rather than popping a barrage of toxic medications into my body on a daily basis that, while they do ease the suffering, further complicate my situation.  Good health is really pretty simple: keep the body in balance.  Symptoms of malaise are signs that something is out of balance in the body, so don’t simply treat the symptoms – dig in and find out what’s at the root of the problem and tackle it from there.

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