What Does Your Gut Have To Do With Achy Joints & Muscles?

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 I feel so stiff all the time…

I wish my joints didn’t ache so much...

My muscles feel so tight when I wake up, even if I stretch…

These are the comments we hear in our clinic regularly from patients who are tired of feeling the aches and pains of stiff joints and muscles. They complain how moving slowly makes them look and feel old. And how they try to stretch, exercise and make other lifestyle changes but the aches and pains only gets worse.

So what causes achy muscles and joints?


In order to understand the inflammatory processes in the body and their relationship to achy body pains, we need to understand the links between many other systems in the body, especially the immune and digestive systems.  

Eating can be a pleasure for many of us,

 but for those of us who have trouble 

digesting our food, it can be a real pain.

Inflammation is Natural…unless

Most of us know the immune system fights off infections. That is a 24-7 job! When the immune system is working to sweep up the cellular debris of daily life, inflammation results. In a healthy immune system, this type of inflammation goes mostly undetected by us. Inflammation is in fact a natural part of the healing process.

But… if you are experiencing chronic joint and muscles pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you that your immune system is working overtime to rebalance excessive inflammation. Why is that? 

Here’s where the link to the digestive system plays a major role in inflammation. It probably comes as no surprise to you that what we eat has a lot to do with elevated levels of inflammation. 

That’s because whatever you ingest, you must digest.

How Inflammation goes “Viral” 

Years of eating bad fats, refined sugar, processed and packaged foods, (or taking medications) may severely compromise your ability to digest those foods.

This is how food intolerances, food sensitivities and eventually allergies occur.  Undigested food “feeds” harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth. The overgrowth of yeast and bacteria produce bio-toxins, which irritate and inflame the lining of your digestive tract. The lining of your intestine swells and starts to erode as more toxins enter the system. 

When the gut lining becomes damaged, a mixture of small particles of partially digested food, bacteria, parasites and viruses seep through the spaces between the cells of your intestine and enter your blood stream.  Eventually your immune system cannot keep up to   eliminate this toxic onslaught.     

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Over time as the onslaught continues, an overworked immune system begins to target everything that enters the body treating all of them non-discriminately as invaders. Chronic release of bio-toxins eventually causes systemic inflammation throughout the entire body not just inside the gut. 

When this happens inflammation has now expanded and is systemic- -what was once only in the digestive tract has now entered the circulatory system. This is what’s known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”.

Due to the systemic nature of a leaky gut, it provides a platform for an entire army of symptoms to take hold. Not just joint and muscle pain. Headaches, memory loss, brain fog, dysbiosis (i.e. intestinal flora imbalance), fatigue, chemical sensitivities and food allergies are all common. For many, unchecked inflammation creates a pathway to autoimmune diseases.

Allergies in particular can become so severe that people with a leaky gut are often allergic to almost everything they eat - even healthy foods like broccoli, and other vegetables and fruits. A continuous stream of foods over stimulating the immune system leads to a hypersensitive immune system, stressing all other bodily systems. For example, the major organs of detoxification such as the liver, kidneys and bladder become overworked trying to eliminate a large and continuous ‘dump truck’ of chemical waste products, creating autointoxication. 

When a body gets to the leaky gut and autointoxication state(s), overcoming chronic  illness is not possible without a healthy digestive system.    

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Crush Your Chronic Inflammation 

The good news is these cascading processes can be reversed. And we can help. The goal is for you to feel better and more energetic. This happens through learning how to unravel the chain of conditions that has created the symptoms you are experiencing. Making changes to your diet to eliminate common foods such as corn, milk, and wheat will help almost immediately for many people. For others, a comprehensive program of restoring digestion, balancing the body’s micro-biome, and desensitization to irritating foods may be required. 

Healing will depend on many factors such as how long you have being experiencing your symptoms. If you have been suffering from achy joints, fatigue, bowel problems or other annoying allergy induced symptoms, give us a call or visit our website www.DigestionReliefCenter.com to find out how you can get relief. Please call Dr. Patrick’s office at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation and learn if our approach is right for you.

Since 1999, Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS, has helped North State residents by using a whole-body systems approach to health. He specializes in providing natural relief for food and environmental sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. For more information contact Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 or visit www.DigestionReliefCenter.com

Helpful Links

Leaky Gut: What is it, and what does it mean for you?

10 Signs You Have Leaky Gut

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