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Connective tissues are divided into 4 types – connective tissue, nervous tissue, muscle tissue, and epithelial tissue. The main component of connective tissue is the protein collagen.

There can be various types:
    hard (bones),

    liquid (spinal cord and intercellular fluid, blood, lymph),

    fibrous (tendons, joint capsules, and ligaments),

    gel-like (cartilages).

Connective tissues provide several functions:
    connect cells to each other,

    cleanse and nourish cells, tissues, and organs,

    perform specific functions, such as adaptation to the environment and protection of the organism from diseases,

    the process of inflammation and wound healing.

Manifestations of collagen deficiency:
  Ð  decreased skin elasticity, appearance of wrinkles,

  Ð  fragile blood vessels and bones,

  Ð  joint pain,

  Ð  vision problems,

  Ð  dental issues,

  Ð  hair loss,

  Ð  decreased muscle tone.

It is said that a person is as old as their connective tissues are. To synthesize the main connective tissues, collagen, and elastin, all raw materials are necessary. These include vitamins A, B6, B9, C, E, D, K, glycosaminoglycans (chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid), trace elements (calcium, silicon, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, copper, and manganese), amino acids (especially methionine and lysine). Interestingly, our ancestors had much less problem with these essential amino acids, as instead of wheat, there were amaranth, hemp, sorghum. These plants contain even more of these amino acids than beef liver.

 

Joints
A joint is a movable or immovable connection between two or more bones that provides movement and shock absorption functions. Humans have 186 joints. Between the bones is joint cartilage and a gap, all enclosed in a capsule filled with joint fluid. Cartilages and bones in the joint have no nerve endings. These are only in the capsule. If a joint hurts, it means something is pressing on the capsule or the muscles hurt; other tissues around it can also hurt. It could be fluid that has accumulated, not being expelled and causing pressure. The cause of blockage can be trauma or improper massage. Viruses do not live in joint fluid, but bacteria or fungi that cause joint inflammation, arthritis, can proliferate there. In such cases, leukocytes enter the joint cavity, causing an inflammatory reaction with all its characteristic signs: reddish skin color, pain, swelling, reduced function, and increased temperature. Enzymes are needed to dissolve the blockage, which only destroy dead cells and do not affect living ones. These proteolytic enzymes start working when the food processing enzymes are not working, that is, when solid food is not ingested. In this way, damaged blood vessels can be restored and dead tissues dissolved. For joints to function normally, regular water consumption is essential. After the age of 20, the body starts to reduce the production of hyaluronic acid, and by the age of 60, it's only a few percent. Hyaluronic acid has the unique property of retaining fluid. Just one gram is enough for 5 liters of fluid to obtain a gel-like consistency because one molecule of hyaluronic acid can attract 500 water molecules.

 

Joint Fluid
Joint fluid must be perfectly clean and moist. It should not contain bacteria and fungi. The quality of joint fluid can be determined by the nails, which are thickened joint fluid. Nails should be translucent, hard, smooth, and flexible. Otherwise, it may indicate problems with the joint fluid.

If fungus appears on the nails, it means the fungus is not there but in the joint fluid. If there are white spots on the nails, it most often indicates trauma. If there are light pink stripes on the nails, it indicates poisoning by heavy metal particles and liver pollution.

All joint diseases, except trauma, are related to the bacteria and other parasites present in them. Osteoarthritis is the second stage of arthritis. If bacteria have lived in the body for years, leukocytes come, do their work, and leave, simultaneously weakening the cartilage. Streptococci die along with the cartilage. Deforming osteoarthritis with salt deposits occurs.

 

Joint Inflammation
All swellings are related to problems in the lymphatic system. Joint inflammation is damage to the lymphatic system. Swelling of the hands is blockage of the axillary lymph nodes, but eye problems – blockages of the submandibular and facial lymph nodes can manifest as swellings on the face. It also indirectly indicates kidney function disorders.

If the kidneys expel less fluid than necessary, it remains in the body, and the result is best seen on the eyelids. The lymphatic system contains about 80% of the toxins present in the body, including fungi, bacteria, dead cells. Drinking quality water in sufficient quantities, regular sauna visits, and sweating can help cleanse the lymphatic system.

 

Collagenosis
Exploring the information available in the media, it seems that there is not much clarity about the group of diseases called collagenoses.

As known, lymphatic tissues are a collection of cells responsible for the body's immune protection, similar to blood cells leukocytes or soluble blood proteins globulins.

Viruses, microbes, fungi, protozoa are not the main contaminants of the body. Their food is dead cells. These are the pus that accumulates in the sinuses, bronchi, lungs, kidneys, bile ducts, subcutaneous fat, appendix, etc. There are also externally visible ones – pimples, boils. If microbes and other 'uninvited guests' did not have food, they could never settle in because the biofield intensity of healthy cells is much stronger than that of microbes.

Thus, there are 'uninvited guests' and the immune system, or foreigners and natives. A war is going on. However, sometimes it happens that the immune system does not recognize its own and turns against its body's cells, whose structure has been altered by toxins. The connective tissue degradation process begins, which in medicine is called an autoimmune process. In this process, the immune system targets only damaged cells and never touches healthy cells. If the structure where it started is contaminated with nitrogen compounds and monoamines, that is, the toxins contained in pus, a systemic tissue disease begins, which has an avalanche-like nature - the more cells are destroyed, the more antibodies are synthesized to deal with the destroyed cells, and the more antibodies, the more destroyed cells.

To stop this chaos, modern medicine uses hormonal and non-hormonal immunosuppressants to suppress excessive immune cell production, creating tissue depression. It weakens the connective tissue's ability to synthesize cells, in other words, slowly kills the organism, because with long-term use, the body's ability to independently synthesize proteins is lost. The real reason is the systemic structural disturbances of the main connective tissue protein, collagen.

It turns out that the causes of collagenosis group diseases are quite trivial – chronic purulent processes in the body, which are made even more unpleasant with prolonged use of antibiotics. Added to this are the toxins of killed and turned into pus bacteria, those that antibiotics killed, as well as the surrounding body tissues turned into pus in that place.

All patients with lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid polyarthritis, rheumatic myocarditis, or any other collagenosis group disease have one common feature; they all previously suffered from bronchitis, sinusitis, appendicitis, osteomyelitis, otitis, furunculosis, or long suffered from angina, as well as other such diseases. Years of chronic purulent processes cause the destruction of the connective tissue protein collagen, i.e., collagenosis.

Treatment begins with a three-week full cleansing, followed by intensive drinking of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to restore the connective tissue structure. Step by step, one must move towards a healthy lifestyle. The recovery process, of course, is not quick and easy; it can take years for adults, but the result is not disability.

 

Rheumatism
Rheumatism is considered part of the group of connective tissue or collagen diseases, which also includes systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and similar diseases when the entire connective tissue system in the body is affected. Similar to bronchial asthma or cancer, rheumatism is also associated with excessive tissue synthesis. It is a disease that affects people of any age and lasts a lifetime. It usually starts with a cold, although the beginnings of rheumatism can be traced much earlier. The cold is just an excuse, not the cause. The cause is found in the more distant past.

Rheumatism can manifest as rheumatoid arthritis, affecting the joints, accompanied by pain and swelling, inflammation, and increased temperature. It can be rheumatic myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart's pericardium with serous exudate in the pericardial cavity. In all these diseases, the blood vessels also suffer because their walls are also made of collagen.

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                          Connective Tissues and Joints

Collagen is Needed Everywhere
The human body produces collagen in maximum amounts at the age of 20, but by the age of 50, it is only 50% of the maximum amount, and thereafter, its production decreases by 2% every year.

Common complaints often heard include back pain, leg pain, arm pain, disc herniation, ligament strain, spinal herniation, arthritis, nerve entrapment, cataract, uterine prolapse, urinary tract dysfunction, and many others. What they all have in common is connective tissue. Like other organs, it regenerates. It is not the case that only one joint or organ is sick while everything else is healthy. It may be that by regenerating connective tissues, many health problems seemingly unrelated to each other can be solved.

Collagen and elastin are proteins that perform a structural function, in simpler terms, they hold everything together so it doesn't fall apart. About 30 types of collagen are known. They are complexes of amino acids and minerals, with every third amino acid being glycine. Blood vessels also contain collagen. If they were unraveled and connected together, they would form a fiber long enough to encircle the entire globe. Each type of collagen has different properties. Tissues that stretch well contain collagen with a lot of elastin. Some people age quickly, others slowly, their skin remains elastic and taut. This means that the connective tissues are in a normal state.

Fibrocartilage, gel-like cartilage, intervertebral discs, all joint interlayers, as well as teeth, the cornea and lens of the eye, kidney membranes, eardrums, heart valves, tendons, etc., all contain collagen, only the types differ.

Some people are prone to hernias, others are not. One can carry heavy loads, another has weaker tendons (for example, after carrying a heavy bag, one cannot bend and extend the arm, the elbow hurts, and there is a pulling sensation in the shoulders). Some are at risk of cataract, others are not. It all depends on the state of the connective tissues, which is influenced by the availability of necessary amino acids and minerals, as well as toxic load.

The spine requires different types of collagen. The fibrous cartilage must be thick and elastic to cushion human movements. The pulposus nucleus must be smooth, soft, and slippery. When the spine bends, the connective tissues stretch and contract. However, if some amino acids are lacking, difficulties may arise in bending or leaning back.

If connective tissue failure is observed, damage occurs where it is "thinnest". Both ligament strains and spinal disc hernias are signs of connective tissue weakness. This indicates systemic illness. Problems with joints, various joint ligaments, the sacral part, the cervical part, the blood vessels and nerves of the brain may arise because they can become trapped, etc.

 

Osteochondrosis
Osteochondrosis is a degenerative-destructive comprehensive change in the body's connective tissues, so it is pointless to treat a single spinal disc or joint, muscle, or ligament separately. The entire connective tissue system must be addressed. The causes are similar to those of other diseases: mineral deficiency, stress, harmful habits, lack of water, parasites, body pollution, etc. Nowadays, 70% of people, including children, have problems with connective tissues.

 

Collagen Formation Process
Five amino acids participate in this process: alanine, lysine, valine, glycine, and proline, as well as 5 minerals: zinc, magnesium, copper, sulfur, and silicon. It is important to have all these trace elements. Among the minerals, zinc is the most important, participating in the activity of 80 enzymes; if it is lacking, collagen synthesis is disrupted at various levels.

The formation of collagen follows a specific formula. Trace elements are necessary for a full-fledged connective tissue formation process at all levels. Amino acids are also necessary. For example, proline and lysine participate in the oxidation process, where hydroxylysine is formed. Without hydroxylysine, connective tissues will not form. This process requires copper and zinc, without which hydroxylysine will also not form. The protein formation process is almost a 50-step reaction, and different components are used for each of the 30 types of collagen. Moreover, the presence of vitamins is also important, especially these four: C, B6, A, E. Vitamin C is the most important, as it is part of, for example, the inner lining of blood vessels.

 

The Role of Glucose
Along with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, energy is needed for collagen synthesis, and this is glucose. It participates in the regeneration process of cartilages and is even part of their composition (10-15%), making them a target for fungi. They consume the cartilages, causing bones to decay. Possible diagnoses include deforming osteoarthritis, deforming spondylosis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc.

 

Nails Reveal Internal Organ Problems

Nail formation occurs from the inside, with nutrients supplied by the blood. They are an indicator that can reveal many internal problems. The main ones are often related to a deficiency of minerals and vitamins in the body.

Here are some signs that indicate problems throughout the body:
      white stripes and small spots on nails indicate a deficiency of zinc, which is exacerbated by weakening of the body with viruses, stress, alcohol, and sweets,

      brittle and flaky nails most likely indicate problems with the thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), it could be anemia or a deficiency of vitamins E and B9, biotin deficiency (occurs with low consumption of greens), silicon deficiency, elevated blood sugar levels,

      deep vertical grooves indicate a vitamin B12 deficiency and reduced thyroid function or, in some cases, poisoning with heavy metals,

      transverse ridges on nails can indicate a calcium deficiency in the body (calcium should be taken with magnesium and preferably add vitamin D3),

      koilonychia or spoon-shaped nails - iron deficiency anemia,

      a nail that is grayish brown or white, but rosy at the end, may be associated with a vitamin B12 deficiency,

      if the nail tip is lifted and has thickened significantly, it may indicate problems with the liver and kidneys,

      small indentations on nails (pitting nails), yellowing of nails, or a dark transverse line may indicate psoriasis or other fungal diseases,

      if the nail is completely white or has a bluish hue in some areas, it may be associated with a vitamin B1 deficiency,

     nail fungus is associated with weak immunity, there may be a reduced gastric juice acidity, dysbiosis, bacterial overgrowth syndrome (SIBO), irritable bowel syndrome (fungi like sugar, sugar-added products, especially dairy products).

 

The Skin is a Mirror of the Gut
Over the years, the skin loses elasticity and moisture, changes occur because the rate of basal cell division slows down, skin thickness decreases, nutrient supply to the skin worsens, the stratum corneum thickens, and the skin becomes drier and flakier.

Up to 25 years of age, the skin regenerates in 28 days, at 40 years – in 35 days, but after 60 years it takes 2 - 3 months.

These processes cannot be stopped, of course, but they can be slowed down, not only with creams, lotions, face masks, but also by changing dietary habits.

It could even be said that the skin is actually a mirror of the gut. In dermatology, about 1800 diagnoses have been counted. The most popular drugs prescribed by dermatologists are prednisolone, diphenhydramine, or drugs for headaches or blood pressure.

Local therapy for skin diseases (excluding ectoparasites, such as lice and scabies) has only a symptomatic significance. More effective is the cleansing of the body's internal environment from pathogenic bacteria and fungi, without creating a nutrient base for them.

 

What Causes Skin Problems?
Cells have a limited number of division times, but if metabolic processes in the body occur at an accelerated rate, which is facilitated by an unhealthy lifestyle, the pursuit of temporary pleasures, etc., aging happens faster, but the skin is a mirror of the body's internal processes.
 
Skin problems are caused by:
   θ  smoking, alcohol, coffee,

   θ  sugar and products containing it, causing an elevated insulin level in the blood, which promotes the proliferation of epidermal cells and increases skin oil production, resulting in clogged pores through which metabolic end products exit, but when sebaceous glands get clogged, inflammatory processes occur in the skin,

   θ  the diet does not provide enough fats and fatty acids, deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins A and E, as well as fatty acids EPA and DHA,

   θ  insufficient physical activity, various stretching exercises are important,

   θ  amino acid deficiency,

   θ  milk and its products, especially cheese and cottage cheese,

   θ  sulfur deficiency (skin becomes flabby).

 

Pigmentation Spots on the Skin
Over the years, as vitamin deficiency becomes more pronounced, pigmentation spots also increase. If cleansing processes do not occur, for example, regular interval fasting is not practiced, anti-parasitic programs are not followed, thus autophagy process remains weak. As a result, almost no growth hormone is produced, meaning tissues do not regenerate. This is a logical outcome of what people most often eat in their old age. These are potatoes, pasta, yeast bread, meat. There is almost no live food, but vitamin C is thermo-resistant. Only because these honorable old people did not encounter modern harmful factors in their youth, they are still alive.

The cause of pigmentation spots may be problems with the liver and kidneys, possibly related to impaired filtration, caused by, for example, cysts and fibrosis. Pigments on the skin most often appear on the forehead and cheeks. One of the causes of their appearance is a deficiency of vitamin C. Vitamin C protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation and participates in the formation of skin collagen. It acts as an antioxidant and protects from oxidative damage, but vitamin C cannot penetrate through the skin's epidermis, for example, with creams, it can only enter through the blood, that is, with food, and only if sugar is not consumed. Pigmentation removal creams, hydrogen peroxide, and whey can only provide a temporary effect if the causes are not eliminated.

 

If Bruises Appear on the Skin and Do Not Go Away for a Long Time
Hematomas or bruises on the skin can appear as a result of damage to blood capillaries, when blood leaks into the subcutaneous layer. If this happens even from a light hit or without a hit and does not go away for a long time, it is a sign that something is wrong in the body.

Possible causes for this phenomenon can be several. Bruises can occur as a result of trauma, rupturing blood vessels, especially if the skin is thin or there are problems with connective tissues, for example, if there is a deficiency of vitamin C. The appearance of bruises can also be associated with increased blood clotting or thrombophilia, most often related to a deficiency of vitamin K1 and insufficient synthesis in the body. It can also be a consequence of taking anticoagulants, i.e., blood-thinning drugs. Possible weakening of platelet functionality or a decrease in their number in the blood can be associated with the use of antidepressants, glucocorticoids, antibiotics, and alcohol. Also as a rare individual reaction to excessive consumption of ginger, garlic, and vitamin E, which can also be an influencing factor.

Risk groups include people with pancreatitis, insulin resistance, obesity, fair and thin skin, deficiencies of vitamins K1 and C.

Of course, only a specialist can determine the exact cause, through relevant examinations, but, as practice shows, in more than 90% of cases, these problems can be solved by switching to an adequate diet - the kind nature intended.

 

Take Care of Your Connective Tissues
Joints completely regenerate in 5-7 years, not a single old cell remains. The mucosa, gums, skin, pancreas also regenerate within 10 days. Successful regeneration can only occur if the diet contains all the necessary nutrients, but even more important are movements, so that connective tissues can receive nutrients, water, and eliminate waste, because everything that does not function, atrophies. Nowadays, there are the least problems with jaw joints, because they move a lot, but the most with knee joints, thanks to cars and elevators.

If you do not drink enough water, connective tissues will become inelastic, brittle, and fragile.

The cause of osteoporosis can also be body pollution: instead of calcium and phosphorus, the body places large molecular toxic compounds in the bones, which cannot be excreted in the usual way with urine, for example, if you drink little water. As a result, the mechanical properties of the bones change.

Connective tissues, such as eyes, cornea, skin, nipples, thin mucosa, do not like the sun either. Glasses must have ultraviolet protection. Cold is also not liked by connective tissues. The neck area, ankles, fingertips must be protected.

 

Diet for Regenerating Connective Tissues
The diet should be diverse, "live" (rich in enzymes). Unfortunately, it is difficult to find such a diet nowadays. The problem can be partially solved with dietary supplements, but you need to have at least an approximate idea of what and how much you are lacking, otherwise, there will be no desired effect. Remember also that the same substance taken separately, for example, as a dietary supplement, acts differently than when it is part of a diet.

Beekeeping products also fit here. The energy necessary for the synthesis process can be provided by honey, propolis can help get rid of unwanted "guests," and the raw materials necessary for collagen synthesis are in nature's universal dietary supplement - bee bread. You cannot go wrong with bee bread; it has everything necessary for sustaining life.

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