Osteoarthritis is becoming the most common form of degenerative arthritis in our time.
“Osteo” and “arthritis” together means bone/joint inflammation. This condition affects cartilage in our joints. Cartilage is a gel substance that is a cushion for bones to absorb shock.
This condition affects more men under the age of 40, equally between both genders above the age of 70, and women between the ages 40-70. Osteoarthritis typically effects the elderly mostly, but nowadays it is affecting younger adults.
The cause for it isn’t due from daily wear and tear. Our body is in a constant process of building and breaking itself down. As we lose cartilage, we must build up what we lose at the same time to maintain optimal joint health.
When joint cartilage is decreasing, it can be due to a faster breakdown, or the build up rate is too slow. You can find out more as we go on below.
SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
Osteoarthritis affects just one or a couple joints in the beginning, and it starts in the big toes, finger joints, lower back, neck, and knees. In some cases, it starts with stiffness in joints after sleeping, but goes away after moving the joints. Joints under stress causes the body to repair the cartilage on its own, leading to enlargement of the joint or formation of bone spurs.
Typically, osteoarthritis affects the lower back, neck or spine. When bone overgrowth occurs, it presses on the nerve leading to nerve pain. Like arthritis and gout, pain from osteoarthritis occurs when cold, during the early morning, during rainy days, or while sleeping at night.
When this is left untreated, it can cripple and make you lose the range of motion in the joint. At some point, the joints won’t be able to bend or straighten out properly.
CAUSES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
Osteoarthritis is caused by more than just daily wear and tear, as stated above. It appears that runners who run long-distance aren’t at a high risk for developing the bone condition. However, running long distance while you have osteoarthritis can worsen it.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE CAUSES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS:
Body weight may contribute to this disorder as it increases the stress on the affected weight-bearing joints.
Aging, the cartilage-building abilities and restoring decreases with age.
Excessive production of free radicals, caustic enzymes and inflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation and the degeneration of cartilage.
Deficiency in several antioxidants and essential nutrients like vitamin C, D, E and B3, which are all necessary to maintain healthy cartilage.
The plant compounds contain phytochemicals that protect cells from damage and rebuild cartilage.
When you do exercise, aim for low impact aerobic exercises, bike riding, swimming or walking.
Foods/drinks with a high acidic content like citrus fruits, potatoes, eggplant, coffee, spicy foods, white sugar, tomatoes, animal fats (lard), pork, processed foods, dairy products, omega-6 oil, and corn-flour.
To maintain healthy cartilage, consume foods that have a high amount of copper. Aim for mushrooms, nuts (hazelnuts, pistachio, almonds) and legumes (lentils, barley). Foods with a high level of antioxidants, such as omega-3 oil, salmon, and dark orange/yellow/green vegetables. Foods that contain a good amount of sulfur like cabbage, garlic, bean sprouts and onions can prove helpful.
THIS FOOD CAN REVERSE ARTHRITIS PAIN!
Consume green vegetable juices like kale and spinach. Bittergourd and beetroot are great for cleaning the kidneys and liver.