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Diet Changes To Manage Osteoarthritis

Managing that chronic osteoarthritis is much easier with some healthy diet changes. Learn how to keep that pain at bay with some nips and tucks to your everyday food chart!

Managing that chronic osteoarthritis is much easier with some healthy diet changes. Learn how to keep that pain at bay with some nips and tucks to your everyday food chart!

You must be wondering if it really is possible to manage an ailment such as chronic osteoarthritis by so much as some dietary alterations. Research findings from some recent studies have proven that food plays a major role in determining the degree of discomfort in ailments such as osteoarthritis. The correct food intake can help us cope with these ailments in a much better manner.

Osteoarthritis refers to the subsequent wear and tear of body joints, caused as a result of damage to the cartilage within these joints. It is also known as the Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD

Dietary trivia for osteoarthritis: Statistics reveal that over 21 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis today. This disease is most commonly found in people above 65 years of age. It is not uncommon among people as young as 25 year olds, due to changing lifestyles and eating habits. Going vegetarian has helped many osteoarthritis patients. Occasional fasting also helps in this ailment as it cleanses the digestive system and relaxes the nervous system.

When the cartilage is lost the joints loose the protective cushioning that prevents them from rubbing against each other. As a result, there is friction between joints and now there is nothing to absorb shocks during movement; thus, resulting in excruciating pain to those who suffer from osteoarthritis.

Once this disease sets in, further degeneration and wear and tear of bones and joints begins. Some common symptoms of osteoarthritis are- Painful movement, fluid accumulation around the joints, swelling, structural overgrowths and even loss of mobility in extreme cases. These symptoms can develop in any joint of the body. Common places to be affected are – toes, knees, spinal cord, ankle, hip, neck and finger joints.

While there is ample medication available; researchers are looking for a wholesome cure to fight osteoarthritis better. Studies have shown that dietary and lifestyle changes play a significant role in helping patients deal with this ailment better. For someone who has been struggling with the ill-effects of pain killers just to walk straight and painlessly; this can be an encouraging piece of information.

It has been found that changing eating habits and altering some food choices can go a long way in keeping problems like Vit-D and C deficiency, obesity and low bone mineral density at bay. Since these problems are the root causes for osteoarthritis; researchers feel dietary changes will not only help dealing with the pain and discomfort associated with the disease; but will also help prevent further degeneration.

Here are some necessary diet changes in your food chart to help you manage osteoarthritis better:

Foods to be avoided:

Fried and fatty foods: it is best to avoid all fatty foods. Weighing more than you should makes it difficult for your joints to carry you thus, leading to further traumatization and degeneration of joints.

All inflammatory foods: you need to identify the foods that worsen pain in your joints and cause inflammation. These need to be eliminated from your diet immediately for a while. Then slowly reintroduce them singularly to identify those which need to be dumped all together. Some most common problem foods identified during researches are – coffee, tea, tomatoes, rice, poultry, potatoes, excessive sugar and salt, pepper, egg plant, meat, wheat, tobacco, dairy products etc.

Foods you must add:

Foods rich in Vit-C:  Vit-C helps build cartilage. It is therefore good for joint health. All citrus fruits contain this vitamin.

Calcium rich foods: The best sources of calcium are dairy products like – milk, cheese and curd. However, if these cause inflammation of the joints, its best to drop them and take calcium tablets for good bone and joint health.

Vit- D supplements: Vit- D helps in reducing the space between joints caused as a result of drying up of bone fluid. You can have Vit-D tablets on a daily basis and also, do not forget soaking a little sun during winter months.

Green vegetables: all green vegetables are rich sources of essential minerals and vitamins useful for the body.

Foods good for bones and joints: studies have shown that certain foods are very good for bone health and also help in repairing the damaged cartilage. Some of these are – fish, carrots, soy products, sprouts, avocado, oats, barley, sea weeds, salmon, millet, tuna etc.

It is therefore, wise to eat right and stay healthy; for, if by simply altering your dietary choices you can keep the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis at bay; why not do it!

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