Arthritis

Wear & Tear or Something Else?

What is it?

Arthr: meaning joint

Itis: meaning inflammation

 

Chronic inflammation that is inside the joint.

Arthritis is used to refer to joint pain or joint disease caused by too much or chronic inflammation. There are over 100 types of arthritis and similar conditions. Effects any age, race or gender although more common in women as they age.

Common symptoms that seem to come and go include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion and range from mild to severe. The severeness increases over time.

Arthritis can cause joint deformity. For example knobbly finger joints. Some types of arthritis can also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

Degenerative & Inflammatory Arthritis

Degenerative Arthritis – Osteoarthritis, most common

That’s when the cartilage, (cushioning surface on the ends of bones), wears away without being repaired and replenished fast enough, causing the ‘bones’ to rub together. This in turn causes pain, swelling and stiffness.

Over time, joints can lose their strength.

Inflammatory Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout

They are autoimmune conditions. The immune system mistakenly attacks the soft tissue around the joints with uncontrolled chronic inflammation, potentially causing joint erosion. Damage to internal organs, eyes and other parts of the body can also occur.

The Joint ‘Wear and Tear’ Myth

There is zero, yes zero scientific evidence that backs up the wear and tear myth.

Contrary to popular belief it is not a ‘wear and tear’ issue. You don’t wear out the joints by working hard. Your joints are not rocks that rub together and wear down, cartridge is constantly being replaced. Just because your an adult doesnt mean that they just wear out.

Your body is not a machine that wears down and requires new parts from a factory. Your body is an organism and is capable and designed to repair and replace throughout its lifetime, like when you cut your finger your body has the ability to heal and prepare it. Ok sure if you chop your finger off its not going to grow back, the body does have its limits. But broken bones can heal, and even healthy bones are constantly broken down and remade to be stronger, just like muscles do in times of stress.

If you are feeding your body the correct diet and using your joints appropriately then you can repair and rejuvenate. …yes, I am telling you that you can start to repair and improve the joints.

Articular cartridge can rebuild itself by way of a repair cell known as a chondrocyte. They constantly break down and repair cartridge.

The ‘because it runs in the family’ myth

It is also not just genetic, because your Grandfather had it does not mean that you can throw your hands up in the air and say ‘well that’s it its just genetic not much I can do about it”. NO.

 

Yes genes are part of the equation along with environmental fact such as smoking, drinking, work life, stress etc but the main top predictor is….. your diet.

Hang on Lee, but my doctor said….

The Problem With Medical Treatment:

Don’t get me wrong, doctors are pretty good at treating issue. Problem is medical treatment is based on medicating and relieving the symptoms not always reversing the cause.  

Usually you go to the doctor with say joint pain, they diagnose it as arthritis, the cartridge has gone from between the bones, there’s now just bone against bone, they then say its genetic nothing can cure it,  you just have to manage it with medication. Further down the track you may need surgery or way stronger meds.

Your doctor will usually prescribe the following drugs:

Arthritis Drugs Are Not As Helpful As You May Think

They are only temporary quick fixes.

The problem with these drugs is while yes they suppress the pain they do not stop the cause of the inflammation. Therefore, the problem is still there and getting worse. And this my friends is critical and why you can end up down a drug dependent rabbit hole.

These drugs can and will over time damage your kidneys and other organs.

 

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Eventually Surgery

 

Luckily, drugs aren’t the only way to lower inflammation. Diet, sleep, and exercise can lower inflammation too.

 

So What Causes Arthritis?

There may not be one specific factor that causes chronic inflammation causing arthritis.

Heaps of things cause this inflammation. Such as:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetic factors
  • Consuming vegetable oils
  • Processed foods
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Inadequate omega-3s
  • High-sugar intake
  • High-carb diets
  • Stress

However, some of these things can be changed, as you can see diet pops up a lot in the list, and your diet is one of the things you can change. It will also have the most impact…

 

A diet high in carbohydrates will increase your blood glucose, (sugar in the blood), which in turn keeps insulin up constantly. These high levels prompt a high inflammatory response. When your constantly consuming the high carb foods your constantly prompting an inflammation response leading to chronic inflammation which in turn has gone a bit haywire and is attaching everything… and damages the joints. The more carbs you consume, the more inflamed you become, the more reliance on drugs to mask the pain.

 

Change Your Diet Change Your Outcome

In order to treat the symptoms of arthritis you need to address the cause of the chronic inflammation. As above you can use drugs to mask the symptoms but they wont treat the inflammation.

 

Changing your diet will lower the amount of glucose in the blood therefore lowering the insulin response and lower your over-excited levels of inflammation.

How Can You Start?

Give it 3 Months and if It doesn’t work then you lose nothing. But if it does work you save your joints!

 Make it easy make it simple. Don’t do it all in one go. Expect withdrawals and tiredness in the first 1-2 weeks as your body transitions from burning glucose, (sugar from carbs), to ketones,(energy from fat). It took a bit to get your body into this state it may take a bit of patience to get you out of it.

The first aim is to remove as many of the heavier carbs as possible as this will lessen the sugar in the blood and reduce the amount of damage that sugar is doing to the joints and therefore reduce the constant inflammation.

  • Go lower carb:

Slash your carb intake, which will keep your blood sugar and insulin levels down and normal.

 Starting From Most Important to Less:

  • Grains, wheats, Ryes Rice, Pasta, Breads, corn, oats

They contain defence proteins that inflame many parts of the body particularly the joints.

  • Vegetable Oils – canola, sunflower, soy bean, peanut, Rice bran, margarine – These are also known as PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fats) and are inflammatory.

Their omega 6 to omega 3 ratio is terrible which can wreak havoc on all your body parts especially joints. Why is this important? A balance in Omega 3 and 6 helps improve arthritis symptoms and even slow degradation of cartilage.

  • Liquid dairy – milk, low fat yoghurts

Too much lactose and milk proteins as these may irritate the tissue around the joints

  • Nightshades– tomatoes, potato, capsicum, eggplants

Contain a lot of a defence chemicals like lectins which can be toxic to many people. Removal of these vegetables from the diet often results in significant improvements in joint pain, arthritis, and other autoimmune symptoms.

  • Legumes – beans and peas

 

Can have high amounts of purine, which is metabolized into uric acid when eaten. This acid may affect gout flare-ups, triggering, and worsening the inflammation.

  • Limit alcohol

 Probably not a big surprise here. But heavy drinking causes negative changes in your gut microbiome, which can lead to inflammation and organ damage.

Add in the following:

The following won’t cause inflammation or raise your insulin levels high

  • Olive oil, Butter, bacon grease, avocado
  • Full fat cheeses and some cream
  • Meat – Go for fatty cuts
  • Cruciferous vege – aim for anything that grows above ground

The best Anti–inflammatory diets to check out

  • Low Carb Healthy Fat
  • Ketogenic
  • Zero Carb
  • Keto Carnivore

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