Eat more sulfur-containing foods, such as asparagus, eggs, garlic, and onions. Sulfur is needed for the repair and rebuilding of bone, cartilage, and connective tissue, and aids in the absoption of calcium. Other good foods include green leafy vegetables, which supply vitamin K, fresh vegetables, non-acidic fresh fruits; whole grains; oatmeal brown rice; and fish.


Consume foods containing the amino acid histidine, including rice, wheat, and rye. Histidine is good for removing excess metals from the body. Many people with arthritis have high levels of copper and iron in their bodies.


Eat fresh pineapple, is excellent for reducing inflammation. To be effective, the pineapple must be fresh, as freezing and canning destroy enzymes.


Eat some form of fiber, such as ground flaxseed, oat brain, or rice bran, k daily.


Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Do not consume milk, dairy products, or red meat. Also avoid caffeine, citrus fruits, paprika, salt, tobacco, and everything that contains sugar.


Avoid the nightshade vegetables (peppers, eggplant. Tomatoes, white potatoes). These foods contain a substance called solanine, to which some people, particularly those suffering from arthritis, are highly sensitive. Solanine interferes with enzymes in the muscles, and may cause pain and discomfort.


If you use ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), avid sodium (salt), which causes water retention. Spread does of these medications out through the day, take them only after eating, and take an antacid an hour after taking the drug. Ask your health care provider about a protective agent to take along with the NSAID, especially if you are over sixty-five or have had previous gastrointestinal bleeding.


Do not take iron supplements, or a multivitamin containing iron. Iron is suspected of being involved in pain, swelling, and joint destruction. Consume iron in foods instead. Good sources include blackstrap molasses, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, fish, lima beans, and peas.


For relief of pain, try using cold gel packs. These retain cold for long periods when frozen, place them on inflamed joints. Alternate with applications of heat.


Hot tubs and baths may provide relief. Raw lemon rubs and hot castor oil packs are  also extremely beneficial. To make a hot castor oil pack, place castor oil in pan and heat but do not boil it. Dip a piece of cheesecloth or other white cotton material into the oil until the cloth is saturated. Apply the cloth to the affected area and cover it with a piece of plastic that is larger in size than the cotton cloth. Place a heating pad over the plastic and use it to keep the pack warm. Keep the pack in place for one-half to two hours, as needed.


In the morning, take a hot shower or a bath to help relieve morning stiffness.


Take a free-form amino acid complex regularly to help repair tissue.


Check for possible food allergies. Many sufferers of neck and shoulder pain have found relief when they eliminate certain foods.


Consider having a hair analysis to determine the levels of toxic metals in your body. Lead levels have been found to be higher than normal in some arthritis sufferers. (see HAIR ANALYSIS in part three.)


Spend time outdoors for fresh air and sunshine. Exposure to the sun prompts the synthesis of vitamin D, which is needed for proper bone formation.


Get regular moderate exercise. Exercise is essential for reducing pain and retarding joint deterioration. Regular activity that does not put stress on affected joints, but that strengthens surrounding bones, muscles, and ligaments, is valuable for many types of arthritis. Bicycle riding, walking, and water exercises are good choices. Avoid weight-bearing or impact exercises.


If you are overweight, lose the excess pounds. Being overweight can cause and aggravate osteoarthritis.