One of the toughest things I've dealt with in the aftermath of longterm antibiotic use for Lyme disease is joint pain. For the last few years I've struggled with painful clicking joints in my fingers, wrists and knees.
I've been following the GAPS diet since October 1, 2013 and I can't believe that my joint issues have subsided for the most part. I still wake up with stiff hands and a clicking right knee, but it goes away soon after I get up and the pain is no where near where it was last year. At this point last year I was struggling to walk up and down stairs, and right now I feel nearly normal. It's incredible. Apparently Dr Campbell-McBride, the doctor who created this diet, is now writing a book about the benefits of the GAPS diet for people with autoimmune diseases like arthritis. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Anyway, I say all this because I know first hand how frustrating and painful arthritis can be. Here is a short yoga sequence that's especially beneficial to people with arthritis, but would also make a great morning routine for anyone who wants to awaken the body and get the circulation going. For people with arthritis, make sure the space where you're practicing is warm. With each pose, breathe 5-7 deep breaths. As you exhale, let go of any tension in the body and try to soften into each posture.
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