The term arthritis comes from the greek origin “arthro-” meaning joint, and “-itis” meaning inflammation, thus “inflammation of joint”. However, there are different types of arthritis and ailments that not only affect the joints, but also the tissues that support them, the muscles and bones.
The symptoms of any issues in the joint can be manifested, not only in the joint itself, but also in the surrounding area. There are different symptoms that warn us, the most common being:Pain
- Gut flora imbalance (or macrobiotics):The gut flora is a conjunction of bacteria that lives inside our intestines; if there exists certain bad bacteria in excess, usually caused by poor diet, it weakens our immune system, causing inflammation in our joints. Therefore, we must watch what we eat in order to maintain a healthy and balanced gut.
- Obesity: Being overweight exposes one to suffer from osteoarthritis, particularly in the knees. It also exposes one, men more than women, to develop gout. Due to this and all the other negative consequences regarding obesity, it is imperative to maintain an adequate weight for our structure.
- Muscular weakness: When our muscles weaken, they stop supporting effectively the joints. The risk of joint disease, in particular to the knee, is greater. That is why exercising regularly and having a balanced diet is important.
- Repetitive movements: Some movements that are constantly performed during an extended period could harm, or cause injury to the joints.
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