Natural Inflammatory Killers: Eating To Fight Osteoarthritis: These Foods Prevent Joint Problems In Old Age
Hardly anything has such a big impact on our well-being, health and fitness as our diet. Even diseases that are already on the rise can be counteracted with the right diet. Which foods reverse the insidious process of osteoarthritis of the joints.
Dear readers, at the beginning of my column we tightened our butts together, drew imaginary pictures on the wall and showed ourselves as superwoman and superman to strengthen our backs. If you have since anchored the simple exercises for deep stabilization in your everyday life, then your muscles should be happy and thank you with more stability.
Today we need another helping hand, and it’s about the little things: In addition to my work as a sports doctor with a focus on non-surgical orthopedics, I would like to take a look at your plate. Don’t worry, of course only if you invite me to. As a nutritionist, I take a closer look at your eating habits because: Hardly anything has such a big impact on our well-being, our health and fitness as our diet. In the positive as in the negative. We rightly deal with it several times a day.
About the expert
Meike Diessner is the founder of the practice of integrative orthopedics in Bochum and specializes in conservative therapy methods. As a sports and nutrition expert, the topic of healthy eating is especially important to her. More information can be found on their website or their Instagram channel.
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“Naturally Slim” by Meike Diessner
Belly fat produces pro-inflammatory messengers
If you supply your body with good building materials, you create a robust shell with a beautiful facade. If the input is inferior, our body will not be excited either. Here the plaster is peeling off the wall (our skin goes crazy and wrinkles), which falters the static (protective posture due to pain) and too much excess mass puts a lot of pressure on the body, joints and sometimes on the soul.
While we are annoyed with being overweight, the creeping belly fat also produces pro-inflammatory messenger substances that spread quietly and secretly in our body like small nests of embers. We call it “chronic inflammation”. The treacherous: We do not notice the small sparks in the beginning, so they can spread further unnoticed. And not only when a few kilos too much check our statics.
What you should avoid
If too many fire accelerators accumulate (belly fat, chronic stress, industrial nutrition), the flames spread wildly and spread to more and more areas of our bodies. Not only does pain appear, but also a whole range of diseases (arthritis, arthritis, depressive moods, metabolic diseases or even cancer).
Now we are paying attention. But even then, with all the smoke, we do not see the many fires directly. So what can we do to prevent the blazing flames from completely igniting our body? Unfortunately, it will be uncomfortable for a moment: In general, I would strongly advise you to let the pig out – however, from your diet.
Pork in particular, but also other animal foods such as dairy products, really provide nourishment for chronic inflammation in our joints. Then the osteoarthritis approaches and our cartilage literally bends to the knees. If you often drink too much and can not keep your hands off cigarettes, you pour even more fuel on the fire.
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“Joints in Happiness” by Meike Diessner
Food that makes you healthy
But do not worry: you do not have to abstain from everything in an absolute way, you just have to reduce your consumption. And: We can reverse the gradual process that ultimately leads to out of control fires with special foods that are firefighters and health police in one. I serve you a selection of those that taste good and are healthy here:
They grow in the allotment garden on your own bush or with a neighbor and come fresh from the region of Germany: Blueberries protect us from chronic inflammation and are real vitamin bombs. Their beautiful blue skin is packed with antioxidants (anthocyanins), and these suffocate the air we breathe from “free radicals” that can damage our cells. Among other things, it leads to a reduction in pain in damaged joints.
The blue health police are also personal trainers next door: Blueberries can specifically target visceral abdominal fat (the pro-inflammatory “smallpox”), as a study from the University of Michigan (USA) shows: Researchers came to the conclusion that 200 grams blueberries a day reduce the waist circumference. Weight Loss and Less Belly Fat: This really makes our joints cheer and takes the pressure off of them.
Onions and garlic not only give a rustic taste to our dishes. They also supply us with numerous minerals, protect our cartilage, strengthen our joints and fight osteoarthritis. Due to the particularly high content of silicon and sulfur compounds, chronic inflammation is eliminated and the articular cartilage is strengthened. Research was also conducted in England with the result that subjects who ate a lot of leeks and garlic got healthier hip joints and less cartilage damage.
And then there is sesame, which strengthens our bones, inhibits osteoarthritis and relieves pain. Strong list, right? Sesame is a lime hit, contains vitamin E and zinc, both of which are also natural anti-inflammatory drugs, and scores with sesamin and sesamol. Once again, I want to get you on your nerves with a study where it was found that these two “plant hormones” reduce osteoarthritis pain in the joints thanks to their anti-inflammatory effect.
So enjoy your meal with these three real “superfoods”. And so that small embers do not become sources of fire – our bodies are fireproof – there are a few more natural inflammatory killers upstairs.
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