Joint pain can be due to a number of different things and it can even have links to intestinal imbalances, hypersensitivity to gluten, overconsumption of dairy products, and more. Joint pain is often called rheumatism, where exercise and movement are an important factor in relieving and counteracting this. Other factors that can be important to review are the diet, this to minimize the inflammatory process that can occur if you eat foods that are not good for our body.
Allergy and food intolerances
Diet can play an extremely important role in rheumatism. Finding and excluding disturbing foods is one of the first things that should be done. Your doctor may already have tested you for a possible gluten intolerance, but what the healthcare system does not test is if there is a possible wheat allergy or wheat hypersensitivity. Wheat, however, is just one of many substances that can play a role in inflammatory processes in the body. Although many give general advice such as removing wheat, milk, sugar or nightshade plants, it is absolutely best to see what is right for your body. A first step in being able to restore health is always to remove what is disturbing and which you might have a hypersensitivity to.
If your doctor has not already done a gluten test on you, we can recommend taking it in combination with an allergy and food intolerance test. Gluten-free products can sometimes contain other parts of the wheat, which a person who is allergic to wheat or hypersensitive to wheat will not feel good about either.
Among the most common nutritional deficiencies seen in patients with rheumatism, are the minerals magnesium, zinc, selenium, calcium and vitamins D, C, B6, B12, E and folic acid. When it comes to taking extra supplements of nutrients, it is always recommended to first measure their levels to avoid creating imbalances if not needed.
Reviewing the inflammatory process is one of the most well-invested things you can do for yourself in rheumatism. Just taking extra supplements without knowing the ration between, for example, omega-3 and omega-6 can make it too small amounts or incorrectly distributed, which then will not do any good. There are several studies on the link between omega-3 and rheumatism. Among other things, there is a study that showed that an intake of 1.8 grams of EPA (omega-3 fatty acid) per day for 12 weeks reduced the pain significantly more than in the control group. In another study, between 1-7 grams of omega-3 per day were used for 4 to 52 weeks and all the people in the study improved.
Do you need help to choose the right test for you? If you still feel unsure you can contact us by email or chat, we are happy to help. Sometimes several tests needs to be done to really find the root cause of the problem. Some of our most popular tests are the Gut Microbiome tests and the Hormone panels for men and women.