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Millions of people experience bone pain and joint swelling due to various causes. Conventional recommendations include using prescription drugs and NSAIDs (over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for pain including aspirin or ibuprofen).

Although physicians use conventional drugs to counter the effects of bone pain and joint swelling and to alleviate the sensation of pain temporarily, these do not solve root causes of pain and discomfort, which are often multi-faceted. Prescription and over-the-counter drug use also has other consequences including long-term dependency on these products and side effects which can cause more challenges than they solve.

Read this article for specific information on osteoporosis: Holistic Approach to Treating Osteoporosis and Bone Density Loss naturally.

CDC research reports that in the U.S. people experiencing arthritis – a leading cause of bone pain and joint swelling – in numbers around 52.5 million [22.7 percent] adults (2010-2012). That number is projected to affect 78.4 million adults by 2040.

Source: https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/news/20161006/number-of-americans-with-severe-joint-pain-keeps-rising

Arthritis symptoms include swelling, pain, loss of mobility and range of motion in joints that interferes with daily life activities and can impact quality of life those experiencing chronic pain from bone issues and joint swelling.

In this article we will discuss dietary changes, use of massage, exercise, chiropractic adjustments and herbs to address root causes of and reduce bone pain and joint swelling. A holistic approach can provide relief without dependency and side effects on drugs, as well as support and heal the body to address what’s causing the pain. 

What are the causes of joint pain and swelling?

Some pain and joint swelling can be caused by the following:

Some may experience bone pain and joint swelling due to more serious conditions:

Eliminate the following from your diet:

Processed and packaged food

Modern, industrial oils such as canola, corn, soy, cottonseed and other polyunsaturated oils or products such as artificial butter or shortening products. These tend to be rancid on the shelf due to high heat processing and are otherwise toxic due to their sourcing from genetically-modified crops. Many processed foods contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) which have been proven harmful and toxic to health, another reason to avoid these products.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5682732/

Source: http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990303194521


A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consumption of sugar increases inflammation which can lead to joint pain.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12081850

Source: https://www.medicaldaily.com/sugar-addiction-doesnt-just-lead-obesity-it-affects-your-heart-health-brain-function-327660


Contrary to popular belief, soy is not good for health. It contains phytic acid which has been shown to leach minerals from bones and contributes to joint and bone pain, osteoarthritis, and other chronic health conditions including thyroid disruption, hormonal imbalance, heart disease and cancer.

In 2012, the European Food Safety Authority rejected claims that soy provides relief for menopause and halts osteoporosis.

Source:  https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2847

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/soy-alert/myths-truths-about-soy/
Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/soy-alert/soy-and-osteoporosis-not-a-leg-to-stand-on/

Wheat and dairy

Wheat and dairy contain gluten and casein proteins, respectively, which can cause joint pain and swelling for some, and reduction of symptoms in osteoarthritis. Typically, the processed versions of wheat and dairy products, that originate from commercial sources: wheat from mon-crop, factory farm environments treated with chemical fertilizers and herbicides and pasteurized / homogenized milk from cows administered with antibiotics, hormones, and living in confinement that consume genetically-modified feed (wheat, and other treated crops such as corn, and soy)

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5866307/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1860040/

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261561414002180

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/nutrition-the-anti-aging-factor/

NOTE: some can tolerate organic, sprouted Einkorn wheat and other ancient grains in their diet, and some can tolerate raw dairy foods from healthy animals on pasture (no antibiotics, hormones, pesticide or herbicide residue, and from animals not administered crops such as grain, corn, soy and others that are genetically-modified and/or treated with Roundup and other toxic herbicides)


Include in your diet:

Eat real food with traditional fats and proteins to avoid joint pain, swelling and recovery from chronic inflammation and disease. Conventional health experts tell us to avoid meat and animal foods and consume a plant-based diet with plenty of grains, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat or skim dairy foods, other fortified foods, and supplements. However, these commercial and low-fat foods can actually contribute to chronic inflammation, disease, joint pain, and bone loss.

Our bodies need real nutrients from a variety of natural, real foods. The human body experiences challenges tolerating and digesting commercial foods that are produced or farmed with toxins, antibiotics, hormones, genetically-modified organisms and synthetic nutrients.

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/dem-bones-do-high-protein-diets-cause-bone-loss/

An excellent, healing protocol for joint swelling and inflammation, as well as other chronic health issues, is Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)

Other considerations in healing from chronic disease

Gut dysbiosis, or imbalance in the digestive tract from consuming toxic substances and processed foods can be a culprit in chronic inflammation which can lead to various health issues including auto-immune disease.

Auto-immune disease is a major contributor of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, food allergies, joint and bone pain, low immunity, chronic fatigue and other chronic health issues. Supporting digestive health is a key to overcoming chronic disease.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5671387/

Source: https://ard.bmj.com/content/annrheumdis/49/12/1017.full.pdf

Learn more from the GAPS Diet web site: http://www.gapsdiet.com/

Supplements, herbs and other food

Lifestyle changes and other modalities

Gentle, regular exercise and stretching including walking, hiking (after some time spent walking), rebounding, and weight-bearing exercises are all important for bone and joint health.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2918523/

Reduce stress  stress causes nutrient depletion in the body and can cause deficits in all organ systems and areas, including our bones

Recommended reading for more information: Stress Repertory: Signs and Symptoms of Stress Induced Nutrient Depletion.

Obtain regular and adequate rest and sleepOur bodies regenerate and heal during sleep, and research shows that proper rest can be beneficial to optimally supporting wellness including the health of our bones and joints.

Regular, moderate sun exposure

Contrary to conventional recommendations about avoiding the sun, safe, regular exposure to the sun provides the best source of Vitamin D for our bodies and is critical for bone and joint health and is essential for other aspects of health including immunity, digestion and cardiovascular disease.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4520343/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27823720

Source: https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/80/6/1678S/4690512

Massage for pain relief

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4824363/

Chiropractic care can provide results in pain those experience from conditions such as osteoarthritis:

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110407/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315872/

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