- Learn what causes ankylosing spondylitis. If you have a risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis taking steps to manage the causes can help to prevent it from happening.
- Instead of using potentially harmful conventional medicines that often only treat the symptoms, reverse ankylosing spondylitis using natural treatments. Learn which treatments are effective and safe.
Because it is an autoimmune disease, for the longest time doctors didn’t know what causes ankylosing spondylitis. Now research has shown that there are things that can, in fact, cause an autoimmune response in the body.
Conventional mainstream medicine addresses a disease by curing the symptoms and not the cause. If you have pain they will give you pain reliever without digging deeper for the cause of the pain. If you want to live a healthier and disease-free life, you have to understand the cause and then remove the cause. It is as simple as that.
Possible Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease and is a type of arthritis. While a cause is not able to be determined in all cases, most cases will be caused by the following:
- Genetics: This is the gene HLA-B27. But remember not everyone with this gene develops AS. We will take a look at why this happens to us shortly. Also if you are HLA-B27 negative, you can still have AS.
- Injury: Injury can be physical or emotional trauma. If you have been in an accident, illness, or perhaps lost someone, it can all impact your immune system. The good news is that this can be managed by exercise and other helpful techniques.
- Prolonged Immobility: We can reverse AS by slowly increasing your activity level. Read this article for safe and effective exercises to reverse AS
- Infection: Klebsiella is a type of bacteria that in people with the HLA-B27 gene can cause AS. We can kill it naturally without the use of harmful antibiotics.
We have to lower the inflammation and stop the immune system from attacking our body. Actually inflammation and the immune system are both our body´s friend. Inflammation is actually a result of the body healing itself, it is just that when inflammation becomes chronic that it can also cause disease in the body as well as pain. Your immune system is responsible for preventing pathogens from making you ill.
The two biggest causes of ankylosing spondylitis arthritis are bad digestion/infection and constant anxiety and stress. How can we fix this?
Ankylosing Spondylitis Natural Treatment
1. Bad Digestion and Infection
The number one cause of AS is infection by the Klebsiella bacteria. Klebsiella will usually infect you when you struggle with poor digestion or your immune system is low. Unfortunately, it is true that many who suffer from AS or develop a risk of AS have poor digestion.
95% of people who have AS carry the HLA-B27 gene and one of the problems with Klebsiella is that it resembles the HLA-B27 gene. An autoimmune response is created when the body produces antibodies to fight off Klebsiella these then also attack the HLA-B27 (which is also a type of protein). Specifically, your joints are targeted.
Signs of a Klebsiella infection:
- Fever and chills
- Feeling unwell
- Nausea and vomiting
And if the bacteria is found in other parts of the body:
- Coughing (often accompanied by yellow or green mucus, or sometimes blood)
- Breathing problems
- The symptoms can also resemble flu
- Urinary tract infection (burning sensation and/or pain when urinating, intense urge to urinate frequently without actually needing to go, frequent urination)
Getting rid of Klebsiella can be difficult, it is often resistant to antibodies and conventional medicines like antibiotics. But starving it long-term so that it dies off and continuing to look after your digestive tract can prevent your body from attacking the B27 proteins. But how do we do this?
Low Carb Diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Klebsiella feeds on leftover starches (carbohydrates) in the stomach. When there is a problem with digestion, things that are difficult to digest such as carbohydrates can sometimes end up not being fully digested. This could be due to a carbohydrate intolerance which means that you don’t have enough of an enzyme called amylase to break down the carbs properly.
You don’t necessarily need to be carbohydrate or gluten intolerant to experience problems, however. Sometimes a condition called leaky gut can develop and is also cause of autoimmune diseases. Leaky gut is when your intestines start to leak pathogens and undigested foods into the rest of your body.
Leaky gut can be brought on by:
- Too much alcohol
- Frequently eating difficult to digest foods such as legumes, nuts, as well as wheat and other grains (they contain lectins)
- A diet high in sugar, fatty foods, and processed foods
Lack of fiber
Gut bacteria imbalance
Dr. Alan Ebringer is a rheumatologist who had done extensive research on AS. He and a colleague, Dr. C Wilson discovered that a low starch diet helps to get rid of the Klebsiella bacteria and can lower the inflammation in the body caused by the improper digestion of starches. You can see the full recommendation here.
How to Eat Fewer Carbs
People think carbs in term of wheat, bread, and pasta only. One must understand that carbs are present everywhere, including sugar, alcohol, fruit as well as in vegetables. It is impossible to have zero carb diet if you are not solely a meat eater. So here our aim is to limit the carbs.
Try these tips:
- Breakfast: 2-3 Eggs with runny egg yolk and vegetables. If you feel hungry after this then add more fat or protein. An avocado is a great option.
- Snacks: Snack on soaked nuts, but not roasted. Make sure the nuts are soaked because unsoaked nuts contain lectins that are worst for joints. You can also try hummus and veggies or Greek yogurt with a small handful of berries. Smoothies and vegetable juices can also make great snacks.
- Lunch: Chicken Breast Salad with Olive oil or MCT oil.
- Dinner: Fish and some vegetables or just vegetables
Your protein intake should be one-third of your veggies.
Alkaline Diet Low in Lectins:
Your diet should be mainly alkaline. When you fill your plate with veggies, this is not difficult. 80% of your plate should be veggies. Preferably one cup each of leafy greens, sulfuric vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, onion, garlic, etc), and colorful vegetables per day. When choosing your foods, remember that meat, grains, dairy, fizzy drinks, and coffee are all acidic. Most vegetables and some legumes are not.
Avoid Lectins. Remember to look for lectins. Lectins are a type of protein in carbohydrates and are the enemy of the people with joint problems. The good news is that even though we cannot completely avoid lectins, preparing and cooking your legumes and the gluten-free grains correctly can remove the lectins.
Keep your diet low in carbs, lectins, and mostly alkaline and I am pretty sure your symptoms will improve at least 40%. Making sure you eat probiotic foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and miso will also help to balance out your gut bacteria and improve your overall health.