Impact of nutrition on osteoarthritis
What about “eating off” osteoarthritis? This would be a great thing! Unfortunately, there is no such a thing as an osteoarthritis-diet. But choosing the right food can help reduce symptoms of an existing osteoarthritis.
Great attention must be paid to the acid-alkaline balance. Ideally you follow a mainly plant-based diet, rich in bases, consisting of vegetables, fruit, herbs, mushrooms and wholemeal products.
A diet, based on acids, has on the other hand negative effects on osteoarthritis-caused pain. And there are some misunderstandings: It seems logical that very sour fruit like for example lemons have indeed an acid effect on your body. But it may seem less logical that your body, while digesting sugar and animal fat, produces acidity, too! This is the reason why meat and sugar-containing food, as well as highly processed food should only be consumed exceptionally, as the body, digesting them, produces acidity. And if it doesn’t get enough bases on the other hand, acidity will be stored in the body, causing inflammations!
Another side-effect of such a diet is well known: A diet, too rich in sugar and fat, easily leads to overweight, which in turn stimulates osteoarthritis. In addition, fat cells form substances that facilitate the outbreak of inflammations that are already present in the body.
This shows that a diet, based on healthy and alkaline-based food, reducing or preventing overweight, has a beneficial effect on your joints in several ways.