Before you take one more bite or swing into that fast food place stop and consider how it affects your health. I have osteoarthritis (OA) and Osteonecrosis and what I eat definitely effects my levels of pain and inflammation.
So I started to help myself by eating mostly plant based but I am a flexitarian.
Did you know research shows that diets high in saturated fat – found in red meat, butter, cheese, lard and processed foods – can weaken knee cartilage, making it more prone to damage.
In a 2017 study published in Arthritis Care & Research, researchers followed more than 2,000 patients with OA for up to four years, checking disease progression and diet at yearly intervals.
Participants who ate the most fat, especially the saturated kind, showed increasing joint damage, whereas those who ate healthy fats like olive oil and avocados had little disease progression.
Another recent animal study showed that it even may harm the underlying bone, according to Yin Xiao, PhD, a professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and lead author of a 2017 study that looked at the effect of diet on OA.
For me I went to a mostly plant based lifestyle to help ease my pain from Osteonecrosis and Osteoarthritis in late 2016. And I know that I have less pain.
I’m not cured and there are still days when I feel like crap. But it’s not everyday all day like it was before.
We have to fight back
The solution is to change the way we eat. Switching to an anti-inflammatory or Mediterranean-style diet can help you significantly improve your joint pain , and help your heart and brain health and the food tastes great.
An anti-inflammatory diet is heavy on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts.
Poultry’s and fish are allowed now and then and you can have one glass of red wine or beer a day. Off the menu, as you might expect, are sugar, red meat, and processed foods.
For me it’s also gluten because I have a sensitivity to it.
It takes a little work in meal planning but the benefits are worth it.
Stay tuned an example of what to eat will be in my next post.
The food you eat can be either the powerful and healing or a form of poison.
You are what you eat.
Have a fantastic day