Arthritis and associated conditions

Arthritis is inflammatory condition that affects joints with stiffness and  pain; it can be almost any joint.  is an inflammatory condition, the most common joints affected are hips, knees, fingers; the most commonly referred to forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Often people who have arthritis have other inflammatory conditions too. These can be but are not necessarily characterised by obvious redness or swelling. These inflammatory conditions can be metabolic or autoimmune in their nature – or a combination – they can crop up in any part of the body. Typical associated conditions include: high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, dry eyes (Sjögren’s syndrome)  or other inflammatory conditions such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), IBS, colitis, Crohn’s  disease, sciatica, eczema, asthma and even stress.

Arthritis is often called a degenerative condition; lots of people’s joints have wear and tear; not all have arthritis. Arthritis has to be thought of as an expression of a condition of the whole body.

Arthritis is often better some days than others, which shows improvement can happen.

Holistic lifestyle changes to beat arthritis

Treating the whole body is the most likely way to help break the cycle of inflammation that causes arthritis. There are lots of little changes you can make and the combined improvements are your first steps to recovery.

Using linseed in a diet to combat arthritis and inflammation

Foods to add to your diet


Omega-3  is the good fat that we need more of in our diet. Omega-3 balances the inflammatory fats in our diets and helps create anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (small locally acting hormones) which help to give pain relief, suppleness to joints and healing. Cold-pressed linseed (flax) oil, is a great natural source of omega-3.

Foods to exclude

Acid alkali balance

Other simple and natural remedies to combat arthritis

Helpful links for arthritis : effective DIY physio to release tension and mobilise joints