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How Gut Health Is Linked To Arthritis

When physicians treat arthritis, generally they recommend certain medications, supplements, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and more. 

However, they rarely focus on adding or eliminating foods from their patients’ diet to assist in relieving arthritic pain or delaying the progression of the disease.

However, some research suggests that dietary changes can impact the inflammation that causes arthritic pain – from different types of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

While arthritis is largely a genetic or age-related disease, there are things you can do to manage your symptoms naturally, slow the progression of inflammation in your joints, and even prevent the onset of the disease.

How Gut Health Can Impact Inflammation

So, how does gut health affect inflammatory conditions like arthritis – and what is gut health, anyway?

Your digestive tract is filled with microbes and microorganisms. The trillions of microbes that live in your body are called a “microbiome.” The microbes that live in your GI tract help digest food, but they also help digest and create certain vitamins and cofactors that impact the growth and health of cells throughout your body.

When your gut health is disrupted, this can trigger an abnormal immune response – sparking inflammation in the gut. Inflammatory cells then move into the rest of the body from your inflamed gut, settling into your musculoskeletal system – impacting joint health.

Immunological dysregulation is the cause of many non-infectious human diseases such as autoimmunity, allergy and cancer. The gastrointestinal tract is the primary site of interaction between the host immune system and microorganisms, both symbiotic and pathogenic.” 

Reduce Inflammation - Relieve Arthritic Pain

Despite common belief, arthritis isn’t just one condition. There are dozens of different types of inflammatory arthritic conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and more. 

Even osteoarthritis, which is generally considered a breakdown of joints through wear and tear over time, involves inflammation. This arthritis has been linked to chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation can be changed by altering the gut’s biome and the chemical output of that biome.

There are several ways to combat inflammation by improving gut health. First, you want to see if you have any food sensitivities. Certain foods can trigger a series of reactions in the body that lead to widespread inflammation, leading to prolonged joint pain. 

For instance, one study suggests that arthritis may be a visible symptom of celiac disease – or gluten intolerance. 

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In addition to removing foods from your diet that may trigger inflammation, you can also include anti-inflammatory supplements. 

We developed our Tart Cherry Extract to give you an option for natural, everyday relief. Tart cherries have long been used as an herbal remedy for arthritis and gout pain.

They contain powerfully anti-inflammatory anthocyanins and flavonols that work within the body to reduce inflammation. This concentration blocks the same anti-inflammatory enzymes as over-the-counter pain relievers while promoting joint health and decreasing oxidative stress throughout the body.


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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