What Kind Of Arthritis Do You Have?

What Kind Of Arthritis Do You Have?

Contrary to popular belief, “arthritis” itself is not a single disease, but a classification of conditions that affect the joints and surrounding areas. In fact, there are more than 100 types of arthritis – with different causes, symptoms, and effective treatment plans.

Arthritis:

common misconceptions

Most people believe that arthritis only affects older people with aging joints. While osteoarthritis (time-related arthritis) is one of the most common types of arthritis, it is not the only one. Time-related arthritis usually is hereditary; if your parents had arthritis, you may likely have it. And osteoarthritis can affect younger populations as well. There are several underlying conditions that can cause arthritic symptoms:

  • Obesity. Excess weight actually promotes the production of too many inflammatory mediators in the body.  Adipose (fat) tissue creates the condition of chronic inflammation in the body.
  • Genetic Conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an immune system disorder, which causes the immune system to malfunction and attack the tissues of, and surrounding, the joints; this is often familial.  Osteoarthritis too is genetic in nature; long-term studies examining identical twins growing up in different environments has demonstrated this.
  • Nutritional Deficiency. The body needs “building blocks” to repair muscle. This includes calcium, which is used to replenish bones, and Vitamin D, which improves the body’s absorption rate of calcium.  Proper nutrition is also needed to cross-link the proteins that make up cartilage, bone and muscle. 
  • Injury. An injury can lead to degenerative arthritis after a joint or bone is damaged. Injuries can greatly exacerbate underlying arthritic symptoms.  However, most sprains will not cause arthritis; rather, the cartilage itself must be damaged at the time of impact or breakage of the bone.
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  • Infection. Lyme disease has been known to be associated with arthritis symptoms.  Septic arthritis is a condition during which bacteria invade the joint; this is a major cause of rapidly progressive arthritis.
  • Metabolic Disorders. Gout is caused by an improper disposal of uric acid, which, when left in the body, crystallizes inside joints and causes pain, inflammation, and swelling.  This is a ‘crystal deposition’ disease and there are others.

Common Types Of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and is characterized by “normal” wear and tear on the joints with time and regular movement. Symptoms typically appear in larger joints in the leg – including the knees and hips.  The last joint in fingers is another common location, as is the ‘knuckle’ joint of the thumb.  As the cartilage between the joints breaks down, bones begin to grind together, causing pain, inflammation, and limiting the sufferer’s range of motion.  Osteophytes or spurs form as well.  

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is less common than osteoarthritis. It is caused by an immune system dysfunction, in which the immune system attacks tissues in the body.  In rheumatoid arthritis the lining of the joint capsule is usually involved and many inflammatory molecules then invade the joint. This leads to joint damage, pain, and eventual degradation of the surrounding tissues. There is no cure for RA, and it can lead to deformed joints, intense pain, swelling, and redness, and range of motion loss.  However, there are amazing medications available for this condition and others like it today.  Please see a physician if you feel that you have inflammatory arthritis.

Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. Its symptoms include stabbing, “needle-like” pain in the toes and joints, such as: ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, or fingers. This pain is accompanied by redness, swelling, and loss in movement in the affected joints. “Gout attacks,” periods when the pain is significant, can last from 2 days to a week.  The classic location of a gout attack is in the big toe; this is known as ‘pedagra’. 

What You Should Do

if you think you have arthritis

If you’ve been experiencing any sort of prolonged joint pain, stiffness, or swelling, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. They will then refer you to an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist if needed, who will be able to ascertain what type of arthritis you have.

To relieve pain and swelling in the meantime, try hot and cool compresses to the affected area, change up your diet to include more nutrient-dense foods, and consider an over-the-counter pain medication to relieve inflammation (assuming you are not allergic or have a contraindication to it.)

Natural remedies are often suitable for treating symptoms. There has been some research done on CBD’s effectiveness at relieving pain + swelling in inflammatory conditions. In my clinical practice, I believe in exhausting as many natural and non-invasive therapies before resorting to invasive procedures – which is why I founded Well Theory. Check out our Healthy Recipes and powerful, safe, and natural pain-fighting wellness products today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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10 Immunity-Boosting Foods

10 Immunity-Boosting Foods

10 Foods

that boost your immune system

The immune system is the body’s defense against pathogens. Your immune system is what empowers you to function and perform with health and wellness. Does your immunity need an extra kick? Try incorporating some of these ingredients into your daily meals to help fight off viruses and infection!

1. Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation. This keeps the immune response strong and steady. Almonds are also dense with healthy fats that leave you full and satisfied.

2. Sunflower Seeds

Like almonds, sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, as well as vitamin B6 and magnesium. Dry roasted sunflower seeds are a delicious addition to salads or eaten on their own.

3. Turmeric

This spice is known for its immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming turmeric in your meals or in golden milk teas can help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is antioxidant and flavonoid-rich. Green tea aids in lowering cholesterol, fighting heart disease, and improving immune function. Black tea and white tea are also great choices for boosting immunity.

5. Ginger

Ginger is known for its antioxidant qualities that protect against free radicals, arthritis, and viral infections. Ginger is also a great pain reliever and is anti-inflammatory. Eat fresh, grate into muffins, or steep in hot water to make a spicy, refreshing tea infused with all of this root’s healthy benefits.

6. Citrus

Citrus fruits may be one of the most well-known and researched for ingredients that are immunity boosting. Grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges are high in vitamin C which increases white blood cell production. Vitamin C also provides protection of your immune cells as they fight infections. Enjoy fresh-squeezed juice or peeled segments to get a healthy dose of vitamin C into your day.

7. Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are fantastic sources of vitamin C which provide antioxidants and heightened immune response. Chop these fresh and add into salads, or slice and enjoy as a delicious, crunchy chip replacement with salsa or hummus.

8. Garlic

Garlic is a powerhouse when it comes to strengthening the immune system and lowering cholesterol levels. This ingredient is anti-fungal, antiviral, and helps to lower inflammation and protect against a variety of diseases and infections, including colds, heart disease, and the flu.

9. Oysters

If you can get past the texture of a raw oyster, they make a delicious meal that can also help to strengthen your immune system. Oysters are rich in zinc which gives a boost to white blood cell function, as well as vitamin C.

10. Elderberries

Elderberries have been used as medicine for centuries for their antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Eat these berries – or enjoy an elderberry syrup supplement – to fight colds, flu, and infections!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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A Guide To the Immune System

A Guide To the Immune System

Health & Immunity:

The importance of the immune system

The immune system is the body’s internal protection system against bacteria, parasites, and illness as well as toxins, environmental stressors and damaged cells.  

With the current increased need for protection against viruses, let’s learn more about the function of the immune system, the cells and tissues involved, and how to better fight off disease.

What Is the Immune System?

There is an innate and an adaptive immune system. The immune system is made up of and supported by leukocytes, or white blood cells. There are a variety of leukocytes, including granulocytes (neutrophils), lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages. These cells travel throughout the bloodstream and lymphatic vessels, seeking out pathogens or foreign entities in the body in order to eliminate any threat to the system. These immune cells are stored primarily in the thymus gland, lymph nodes, the spleen, skin, bloodstream, mucosal tissue, and bone barrow.

 White blood cells fall into two categories: phagocytes, and lymphocytes.

Phagocytes or granulocytes are specialized cells that absorb and break down pathogens and bacteria. Neutrophils, monocytes, mast cells, and macrophages work to perform phagocytosis, remove dead cells, aid in wound healing, and protect the immune system from danger.

The granulocytes are the primary cell of the innate immune system. This is the first line of defense often. Pathogens have certain proteins or molecules that are recognized as dangerous and the neutrophils will engulf them and then destroy them with toxic chemicals.  

The second type of leukocytes is called a lymphocyte, these are found in bone marrow. These cells act as scribes, keeping a record of previously eliminated pathogens in order to recognize them in future attacks. T lymphocytes within the thymus either trigger an immune response or take direct action to break down cells that have been compromised, while B lymphocytes in bone marrow produce antibodies in defense against diseases. This system requires the ability to present the pathogen on the cell surface, to recognize that pathogen, to clone the immune cell and then to attack cells with that signal from the pathogen. It is very complicated and involves a significant amount of cellular communication.

What Affects Immune Health?

Generally, our immunity becomes stronger as we age because our system is exposed to many pathogens and must learn how to protect against them. Children’s systems are less developed, making them more susceptible to illness. Exposure to pathogens effectively trains the immune system. Our society today is likely too ‘clean’ to prepare an immune system for all of the potential pathogens out there.  

Immune disorders can also occur, leaving the immune system weakened against viruses and disease. Immunodeficiencies are often caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices such as malnutrition, or alcoholism, though age can also be a factor. Autoimmunity occurs when the body mistakes healthy cells for foreign ones, breaking down necessary and functional protectors within the system.

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Lastly, hypersensitivity is a disorder that sprouts from an over-functioning immune system in which the immune response is so strong that it can actually damage the body. All immune disorders have complex sources and many can be treated.

 

Immunity can be broken down into 4 categories:

  • Innate immunity is the initial system that recognizes threats. This involves white cells that engulf the pathogen and then destroy it. This is a blunt instrument but very effective. However, some pathogens have evolved to avoid destruction by innate immunity. The white cells are able to recognize ‘self’ cells and avoid destroying them usually.

    Most pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxic chemicals, etc) produce proteins that are recognized as non-self or dangerous; these are antigens. The complement system is involved in innate immunity as well.
    Innate immunity also involves the basic barriers that protect us from the environment to include skin, the gastrointestinal lining, cilia, and body hair.  

  • Adaptive immunity refers to the way our system can evolve over time with exposure to antigens to better support the immune system, specifically through the development of antibodies that fight off particular diseases. This also involves T cells that recognize antigens (presented pathogens) and produce clones to attack that pathogen. This is called ‘acquired immunity’ as well. 

  • Passive immunity is a short-lived defense from pathogens. This is not naturally occurring in the body but is rather obtained from another source, such as the antibodies transferred via the placenta to the fetus in order to protect against infection.

  • Immunizations are used to strengthen the immune system by means of purposefully introducing a pathogen into the system. The pathogen is a weakened form, allowing the immune system to develop antibodies to protect the system from future viral attacks.

Diet, lifestyle, and the natural makeup of your body can affect the strength of your immune system. Keeping your system functioning optimally is vital to your health, wellbeing, and survival.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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4 Immunity-Boosting Ingredients

4 Immunity-Boosting Ingredients

4 Power Ingredients

for your immune system

The immune system functions as protection for the body against viruses and bacteria by differentiating between the naturally occurring cells in the body and unnatural, potentially harmful cells. We are constantly under attack by the environment and the innate and adaptive immune systems are present inside of us to provide a constant defense.

To keep your immune system strong and functioning optimally, incorporate these four powerful ingredients into your daily regimen.

1. Zinc

Zinc has naturally occurring antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is effective at reducing respiratory infections and promoting wound healing. It has also been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, and other conditions. In addition, zinc boosts cell function for healthy development.

Zinc balance is mandatory for the proper function of the innate and adaptive immune systems. It is vital to hundreds of enzymes, it is a cofactor for many processes involved in T and B cell function and it is involved in communication between immune cells and transcription of genes as needed for immunity. Zinc also helps to protect normal cells during elevated inflammatory conditions.

Those with zinc deficiencies are at heightened risk of pathogens and illness. This is caused by a negative effect on the immune cells, such as those cells that perform the process of phagocytosis in which the cell engulfs and absorbs what it perceives to be a foreign entity. Supplement your zinc intake with daily multivitamins and zinc-rich foods, including red meat, beans, nuts, poultry, and whole grains.

2. Vitamin D

Vitamin D, like zinc, protects the body against foreign organisms that may bring with them illness and infection. This vitamin is synthesized within the body and promotes a strengthened immune response to fight off these substances. This is especially important for those with autoimmune diseases. 

Vitamin D is actually a hormone and is heavily involved in many systems of the body and in the interconnectivity of the systems.

As well as enhancing the immune system, vitamin D helps to strengthen bones through the promotion of calcium homeostasis. Supplement with vitamin D to protect against flu, respiratory infection, and immunity imbalance. 

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3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important micronutrient and antioxidant that helps to support cellular function and kill dangerous microbes that enter the body. In particular, vitamin C aids in bolstering the cell barrier to ward off pathogens and viruses. Vitamin C protects immune cells from damage by scavenging free radicals that are produced during the inflammatory phase of healing and protection.  

 

Vitamin C enhances B and T cell function and enhances overall antibody levels.  It also modulates cytokine production. Cytokines are the messengers of the immune system. Vitamin C also optimizes the function of neutrophils for the attack and removal of pathogens. 

 

Vitamin C can help to manage blood pressure, lower inflammation, and prevent chronic disease while also boosting the immune system. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and cannot be synthesized by human beings. Incorporate more vitamin C into your diet easily by consuming citrus fruits, bell peppers, kale, and daily multivitamins.

4. Hemp

Full-spectrum hemp powder has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help to strengthen the body’s immune responses and protect against autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and fibromyalgia. Hemp promotes a healthy endocannabinoid system and is also effective in relieving pain. The phytochemicals found in hemp have receptors on the white blood and can directly support the function of the immune system.

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At Well Theory, our products are carefully curated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner for your wellness. These supplements – along with our full line of Well Theory products – not only help to protect your immune system but also promote healthy, natural stress management, inflammation reduction, and homeostasis regulation that you may be lacking in your daily diet.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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