Tuesday, December 27, 2011

To Beat Arthritis, Start by Detoxifying Your Body

There are a few simple lifestyle changes you can make that will help you get over arthritis without resorting to drugs or surgery. Perhaps the most important is diet. If you're unwilling to undertake a complete fast, or don't have the time or money to do so under medical supervision (do NOT attempt a long fast on your own!), you can do a modified version of a fast for 5 to 10 days. There are many versions of this detoxification strategy. Basically, they involve taking a mixture of pure spring water, lemon juice and honey or maple syrup. To learn more, do a search on "honey lemon water detoxification," or (much better) get Margie Garrison's groundbreaking book on getting rid of arthritis naturally, entitled "I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too." CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION It's important to note that you'll most likely have intermittent periods of feeling great that are followed by intermittent periods of feeling lousy when you go through a detoxification program. Keep in mind that this is part of the detoxification process and is quite normal. The Following Week After the Fast, or Juice Fast The week following the fast or juice fast, eat only fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of this should be raw, but lightly steamed vegetables are okay (try to eat 3/4 of your fruits and vegetables raw). You should also add some vitamins (more on that shortly). The following week, add small amounts of lean protein, like fish, poultry, eggs, and nuts. Stay away from beef until you have a chance to see whether beef brings back an onset of your arthritis. For many people, beef causes arthritis. Other proteins can also cause arthritis. For example, pasteurized dairy products are often responsible. What you have to do is test different proteins to see. Keep a food diary and record how you feel after a meal. Pay close attention and notice any adverse symptoms. Another common food to beware of is flour. This means many types of bread will be off limits. Again, you'll have to play detective to find out. In short, you want to subsist on a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and eat these raw or steamed (raw is best). You'll also want complement this diet with clean protein sources that don't cause your arthritis to flare up. For more information about diet, refer to the book, I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too. To illustrate the power a proper diet plays in getting rid of arthritis, consider this experiment done at the University of California at Berkeley, conducted by Dr. Francis Pottinger. Dr. Pottinger fed one group of cats cooked meat and cooked milk. The result? The cats developed arthritis and died. The more the meat and milk were cooked, the quicker they developed arthritis. Another control group of cats was fed raw food only. The result? None of them developed arthritis. Then this group was fed cooked meat and milk. The result - they developed arthritis.

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