Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that can be particularly painful and crippling. Not only can it cause severe inflammation and pain, it can cause deformity and fusion of the vertebrae in the spine.
Top natural remedies for ankylosing spondylitis include natural anti-inflammatories and dietary changes.
Hydration and Alkalization is Critical
The first place to begin healing of ankylosing spondylitis is to improve hydration and alkalize the body. Even mild dehydration makes pain worse and tissue renewal and repair more difficult. Avoid hydrating with coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks. Above all drink purified water, followed by alkalizing tonics and herbal teas.
Alkalizing Tonic for AS
- 1 Tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar or Fresh Lime Juice (organic if possible)
- 12 Oz. of Purified Water
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional)
Into 12 ounces of filtered water, add 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, or 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice. You can add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to make the drink taste less acidic.
Drink this tonic 2-3 times per day on an empty stomach. Start off with just once a day as this is a healing drink and has the potential to cause a healing reaction.
Important Dietary Changes
Maximizing your nutrition will give your body nutrients to heal and repair. Avoiding foods that aggravate your condition or cause inflammation is essential. Each person is unique. There is no one size fits all diet. You will need to experiment with your food to see what helps you to feel the best.
- Start by eating higher quality foods. Use sugar, white flour, processed foods, and fast foods very sparingly, if at all.
- You may benefit from a diet like the low starch diet, a gluten-free diet, or an anti-candida diet.
- Use quality fats in your diet. Olive oil and virgin coconut oil are both nutritious.
Link Between Ankylosing Spondylitis, Crohn’s Disease and Klebsiella Pneumoniae
There is evidence to suggest that ankylosing spondylitis and Crohn’s disease have a bacterial cause, the Klebsiella pnuemonae. Several studies indicate that Klebsiella pneumoniae is likely a factor involved in triggering the beginning and development of these diseases. ¹
Because of this connection, consider using natural antibacterial remedies as part of your regime to treat AS.
Importantly, sometimes your body will feel worse when you begin to kill off bacteria. For this reason, it is best to start slowly with any remedy and increase the dose gradually.
Top Antibacterial Remedies
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic herb. It is helpful for a variety of types of arthritis. Additionally, turmeric is also helpful for pain and blood purification.
Dosage: 1/4 – 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder in 8 oz of filtered water is a typical dose and is taken 1-3 times a day.
Oregano Oil (OO) is a strong antibacterial as well.
You can buy oregano oil capsules and take them internally, or do an external application by massaging a couple of drops of oregano oil into the bottom of your feet a couple of times a day.
Garlic is a powerful herb with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb. Adding fresh garlic to your food each day will give you another weapon against bacteria in your system.
Top Home Remedies and Supplements
Vitamin C is important for immune support and tissue repair.
Magnesium is another critical nutrient, especially when it comes to arthritis. Magnesium oil may be the best way to get magnesium into your system.
Spray the oil directly onto the skin where you have pain. It may sting at first. If it bothers you, rinse it off after 20 minutes. Over time it probably won’t bother you.
Vitamin D can be obtained by taking a good quality Vitamin D3 supplement.
Castor Oil is a healing oil that can be used topically for pain. Massage this oil into painful areas as needed.
Mullein root tincture is helpful for joint pain. It helps to increase the lubrication in the joints. Mullein can be taken internally or applied topically.
Borax is the top natural remedy used for arthritis including ankylosing spondylitis. This natural compound helps to alkalize the body and naturally balance minerals and hormones in the body.
For men, 1/4 teaspoon is taken in a liter of water, sipped through the day, 4 days a week.
Women’s Borax Dosage:
For women the dose is 1/8 teaspoon in a liter of water, sipped throughout the day.
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