Find Out How to Get Relief from Joint Pain on the Ketogenic Diet
When the temperature starts to drop, sometimes you notice a little bit more in the way of aches and pains that just kind of come out of nowhere. Hey, I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo and I’m giving the breakdown on the how the ketogenic diet can help you out when it comes down to easing some of those winter blues and that winter pain. See, no one really knows the solid answer as to why we notice a little bit more in the way of joint pain in the winter months, but there are some links to barometric pressure affecting inflammation and that could be one way that we can look at it.
The reality is that inflammation in general effects our joints. You see, when we’re talking about the different pathways in which our body triggers pain, we have to look at something known as the NLRP3 inflammasome. It’s a mouthful to say but we’ll just call it the inflammasome for short. The inflammasome is a specific pathway within our bodies that reacts to different things that occur. For example, if we ingest toxins or take in too much sugar, or if we have indigenous toxins, things are triggered within our own bodies. What can happen is the inflammasome gets activated and triggers the release of additional interleukins, additional cytokines that trigger inflammation.
When we’re looking at conditions like arthritis, or any kind of chronic joint pain, we’re usually linking it back again to that NLRP3 inflammasome because what’s happening is from an inflammatory standpoint even an immune system standpoint. Our body’s immune system and its innate ability to fight off disease and fight off infection is overreacting for one reason or another. Now in the case of like rheumatoid arthritis, usually it’s some kind of autoimmune issue. Our body is literally fighting off a specific joint for one reason or another. In the case of traditional osteoarthritis, we’re usually looking at little bouts of inflammation that are occurring from external causes at some point. But it still all comes down to that inflammasome and inflammation. You see if that inflammasome did not exist, then we would never have the pathway to ultimately trigger that inflammation. Now that could be good and that could be bad, we need to trigger that inflammation because that’s how we’re going to actually heal. But when it’s chronic and it never stops, you’re in a constant state of pain.
So where does the ketogenic diet come into play? Well, it comes into play when we’re looking at the NLRP3 inflammasome and how ketones actually shut that pathway off. There was a study published in the journal Nature Medicine which found that beta hydroxybutyrate, the main ketone body, and again the ketone body that you’re testing with the Keto-Mojo meter, actually stops the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway. It literally stops it in his tracks. So that means you have the ability to blunt inflammation through that specific pathway. By blunting inflammation through that pathway, you’re also blunting the activation of what is called interleukin 1 beta and also interleukin 18. These are two specific inflammatory cytokines that have very close relationships with our joints. When it gets cold out, and we’re feeling the effects of inflammation a little bit more, you’re just feeling the effects of these cytokines, these interleukins a lot more. So that means you can experience a pretty profound difference in how you feel by going on the ketogenic diet especially during the winter months, because you’re blocking what is normally triggered more, or felt more when it’s cold outside.
If you’re someone that’s experiencing joint pain this winter or you’re just experiencing joint pain in general, you might find that when you start the ketogenic diet the joint pain dissolves or doesn’t seem as profound. You don’t feel it quite as much, and quite honestly, it’s simply because of that good old-fashioned beta hydroxybutyrate flowing through your bloodstream. So if you want to make sure you have good amounts of BHB floating through your bloodstream, you want to make sure you’re in that deep state of ketosis is going to get you the results and relieve you from the pain you’re trying to get rid of, you’re going to want to utilize the Keto-Mojo meter. This way you can test your blood and test your ketone levels to make sure that what you’re feeling is real. As always, make sure you’re keeping it locked in here with Keto-Mojo. See you in the next video.