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Hip Arthritis Remedies

Updated on September 2, 2010

Arthritis is the general term used for inflammation of the joints in your body. It can range from simple osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disorder, to the extreme rheumatoid arthritis in which the body actually attacks the joints. Osteoarthritis arthritis is generally caused by an injury to the particular joint, but is also caused by age or an infection of the joint. Personally, I have suffered from osteoarthritis in my knees for most of my life, but my wife has arthritis in her hip. When my arthritis flairs up, I just need to sit down. When my wife’s hip arthritis flairs up, no position provides any comfort or relief. I have been looking into remedies for my own arthritis,

Hip arthritis can make you not able to get out of bed in the morning!

I have started my wife on taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin every day, just as I do, but we also had to change her diet to avoid having to see a specialist. One of the biggest surprises to us was the foods that can bring on arthritis flair-ups. It turns out that all foods that fall into the category of nightshades can bring on the pain. Some of the vegetables that are classified as nightshades are tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and even eggplant. We had been trying to eat better and had been reducing our meat consumption and dramatically increased our vegetable consumption. Tomatoes had become a standard part of our dinners until both of us were suffering horribly from our arthritis. Luckily, I spent a little time over lunch with a nutritionist friend of mine and I brought up the hip arthritis. When he told me to avoid tomatoes, I was shocked. How could something that is so good for us be causing us so much pain? Well it turns out that all nightshades contain alkaloids. A certain percentage of the population is sensitive to alkaloids and continued consumption of these plants can cause osteoarthritis. How do you know if you are sensitive to alkaloids? Well, if your arthritis is causing you pain, avoid them completely. If you do not want to completely remove them from your life, cooking them thoroughly reduces the amount of alkaloids in them.

For my knee arthritis, loosing weight was one of the best things that I did. My wife, unfortunately for her hip arthritis only, has no extra weight to lose. Keeping your weight down will definitely help you with any joint arthritis that you have. I know how tough it is to lose weight, but if I can do it with my tremendous love of food, than you can do it to.

I have also read a ton of health websites that tout the benefits of fish oil. I have taken it a few times for my heart, when I was at my heaviest, but I don’t remember if it helped my arthritis or not. I will have to try it again.

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