As I was showing a functional medicine approach for treating psoriatic arthritis in the previous article, let’s take this disease more generally. Also, as we already pointed out the importance of the proper immune system function, let’s address gut this time.
Arthritis can fall into categorization as some autoimmune disease. Even WebMD medical resource agrees that if a doctor says “that you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), he may also say it’s an autoimmune disease.”
A person, who wants to have long-lasting healing for arthritis, need to understand that it is necessary to look at the overall body state and work on what is out of balance. You cannot just treat the joint pain that usually comes with arthritis without addressing gut.
Arthritis and your gut
Similar as to rheumatoid arthritis, gut bacteria play the much bigger role than one might think. My experience with several of patients allowed me to understand that underlying causes are crucial for treating for successful healing. I have seen that in most of the cases with people who have arthritis and inflammation, the main cause is that there is something wrong with gut: be it leaky gut, gut microbe imbalance, etc. Common treatments for problems with guts and inflammation are anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDS.
Problems with common treatment with drugs:
- Unpleasant side effects (nausea, headache, etc.)
- Gut microbe altering
- Usually just a temporary solution
- Can easily damage other body parts that are healthy
Why is gut so important?
Firstly, most of the immune cells reside in the gut. So it isn’t surprising that certain bacteria that are there activate immune system and response to the whole body. As one of many research shows, arthritis patients had less of Haemophilus species in their gut but too much Lactobacillus salivarius that had a negative effect on the level of antibodies. The conclusion was that “RA represents a state of chronic inflammation that might be provoked or aggravated by the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria or a lack of immune-modulating commensal bacteria.”
Rheumatoid arthritis gut bacteria treatment
From a functional nutrition perspective, each case is different, but the intestinal microbiota can have a successful treatment with probiotics and supplements like Balance Gut Core. Addition to that comes diet, exercising, and other lifestyle changes to make better results. There is no quick solution even in the case of functional medicine and osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis.
 Why Does My Doctor Call RA an Autoimmune Disease? Accessed from: https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/features/autoimmune-disease-and-rarel=”nofollow”
 The oral and gut microbiomes are perturbed in rheumatoid arthritis and partly normalized after treatment. Accessed from: https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.3914rel=”nofollow”
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