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The Best Diet To Combat Arthritis

07 April 2019 | 1 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in Doctors Orders

How diet can help arthritis suffers

As we get older our bodies start to lose more and more of its regenerative abilities and depending on how we take care of our bodies, these degenerative issues can really start to become painful and uncomfortable. 

One of these degenerative issues is Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are currently more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. These different types of arthritis exist, each with different causes including wear and tear, infections and underlying diseases.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion and stiffness. Medication, physiotherapy or sometimes surgery helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Many have also pointed to having a healthier lifestyle can help improve your conditions yet the role that diet plays in arthritis is a controversial subject.

While the verdict is still very much in the air, some doctors do believe that a diet can play an important part.

Vegan or vegetarianism

Firstly let's take a look at one of the more popular dietary trends that have been going on recently, with the switch or organic and reduction or abstinence from animal products.  There have been various studies which seem to indicate that rheumatoid arthritis symptoms improve when patients change to vegetarian diets.

In one study, participants fasted for a week and then ate a carefully controlled diet for 5 months.

The diet in the first phase included foods like vegetable broth, herbal tea, garlic, celery, beets, tumeric and carrot extracts. They then started adding other foods back into their diets one at a time.

However, the did not foods such as fish, citrus foods, meat, eggs, coffee, tea, dairy products, alcoholic beverages and foods containing gluten.

The results of this study were astounding. swelling and pain decreased, while the grip strength increased. Even after a year, their symptoms were still improved.

Is fasting advisable?

According to this study, food allergies could be a cause of rheumatoid arthritis. This is because about half of the participants who had food allergies, felt better while they were fasting and got worse when they started eating again.

If you suffer from arthritis, you may want to consider whether food allergies are aggravating your symptoms. Pay particular attention to foods that cause unusual symptoms or don’t digest well. But, don’t fast or change your diet drastically without consulting your doctor.

High-fat diets

According to a study on mice, there is a link between osteoarthritis and diet. A group of mice was fed a high diet in saturated fat. Another group was fed a diet in unsaturated fat.

The group that ate saturated fat developed more severe cases of osteoarthritis.

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