Is your joint pain related to your gut?

Health and nutrition

All disease – and all healing! – begins in the gut. That’s what Hippocrates already found out centuries ago and that’s what we see confirmed all the time by modern research. But what if you have no digestive symptoms? And you have pain in your knees, shoulders, wrists or fingers? Could your joint pain still be related to your gut?

Your gut is the barrier between the outside world – that what’s in the gut – and your inside world: your bloodstream. The actual barrier between the two is only one cell layer tick. Those little cells are linked together closely and only let through what should come through.

Leaky gut

But if the barrier gets compromised, bacteria, larger food particles and toxins can get through. And when they enter the immune system they are seen as invaders. Your immune system then comes into action! This is what we call a leaky gut. I create a short video about that.

When this happens every now and then it’s a normal and healthy situation. But when your gut is leaky and food particles leak into your bloodstream continuously, it starts to be quite damaging. And can cause inflammation elsewhere. The strange thing is that it can give you symptoms everywhere – like in your joints – but not necessarily in your tummy! But your gut is still the culprit…

Heal the gut and reduce joint pain

So if you have joint pain and inflammation here are some things you can do:

  1. Eat more fiber. This equals: eat more plants! Their fiber feeds your microbiome and those bacteria protect the lining of your gut.
  2. Eat more fish or take a supplement with omega 3 fatty acids. Those can reduce inflammation
  3. Eat fermented foods, like coconut yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi
  4. Get your vitamin D tested and take a supplement to make sure yours is optimal.Vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble nutrient that plays an important role in immune health.
  5. Ditch the sugar. This is how I found out – way back when – what sugar was doing to my knees! My pain went away completely after only a few days of going really low sugar.
  6. Take out the gluten for 4 weeks and see if it makes a difference. Do it 100%, otherwise it might not work. The proteins in gluten can create gaps between the cells of your gut lining and make your immune system over active. Gluten are known to cause inflammation and even autoimmunity in many people.

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