Natural anti-inflammatories: Eat to combat osteoarthritis: These foods prevent joint problems in old age
Hardly anything has such a major impact on our well-being, health, and fitness as our diet. Even diseases that are already on the rise can be counteracted with a proper diet. What foods reverse the insidious process of osteoarthritis in the joints.
Dear readers, at the beginning of my column we squeeze our butts, draw imaginary pictures on the wall and prove ourselves superwomen and supermen to strengthen our backs. If you’ve since anchored simple exercises for deep stabilization in your everyday life, then your muscles should be happy and thank you with more stability.
Today we’re having a second helping and it’s all about the nitty gritty: In addition to my work as a sports medicine doctor with a focus on non-surgical orthopedics, I’d love to take a look at your plate. Don’t worry, of course only if you invite me to do it. As a nutritionist, I keep a close eye on your eating habits because: Hardly anything has such a major impact on our well-being, health, and fitness as our diet. In the positive as in the negative. After all, we treat it correctly several times a day.
about the expert
Meike Diessner is the founder of the integrative orthopedic practice in Bochum and specializes in conservative therapy methods. As an athlete and nutritionist, the topic of healthy eating is particularly important to her. More information about her can be found on her website or her Instagram channel.
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“Naturally Thin” by Meike Diessner
Belly fat produces pro-inflammatory messengers
If you provide your body with good building materials, it will create a robust shell that includes a beautiful façade. If the input is lower, our body will not be excited either. Here the plaster is peeling off the wall (our skin goes crazy and wrinkles), there the static falters (protective posture due to pain) and too much superfluous mass puts a lot of pressure on the body, the joints and sometimes the about the soul
While being overweight bothers us, the insidious belly fat also produces pro-inflammatory messenger substances that silently and secretly spread through our bodies like little nests of embers. We call it “Chronic Inflammation”. The treacherous: We don’t notice the small sparks at first, so they can spread more unnoticed. And not only when a few extra kilos check our static.
What you should avoid
If too many fire accelerators (belly fat, chronic stress, industrial nutrition) get together, the flames spread wildly and spread to more and more regions of our body. Not only pain appears, but also a whole host of diseases (osteoarthritis, arthritis, depressive moods, metabolic diseases or even cancer).
Now we are paying attention. But even then, with all the smoke, we don’t see the many fires directly. So what can we do so that the burning flames do not completely ignite our body? Unfortunately, it will be awkward for a bit – in general, I would strongly advise you to let the pig out, even if it is from your diet.
Pork in particular, but also other animal foods like dairy products, actually feed chronic inflammation in our joints. Then osteoarthritis approaches and our cartilage literally bends down to the knees. If you often drink too much and can’t keep your hands off cigarettes, you’re adding even more fuel to the fire.
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“Joints in Happiness” by Meike Diessner
Foods that make you healthy
But don’t worry: you don’t have to abstain from everything completely, you just have to reduce your consumption. Y: We can reverse the gradual process that ultimately leads to wildfires with special foods that are both firefighters and health policemen. I serve you a selection of the ones that taste good and are healthy here:
Grown in your own bush or a neighbor’s orchard and come fresh from the region in Germany: Blueberries protect us from chronic inflammation and are true vitamin bombs. Their beautiful blue skin is packed with antioxidants (anthocyanins) and these smother the air we breathe from “free radicals” that can damage our cells. Among other things, this leads to a reduction in pain in damaged joints.
Health blue cops are also personal trainers: Blueberries can specifically attack visceral abdominal fat (the pro-inflammatory “pox”), as a study from the University of Michigan (USA) shows: Researchers concluded that 200 grams of blueberries per day reduce waist circumference. Weight loss and less belly fat – this really perks up our joints and takes pressure off them.
Onion and garlic not only add a rustic flavor to our dishes. They also provide us with numerous minerals, protecting our cartilage, strengthening our joints and fighting 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 carried out in England with the result that subjects who ate lots of leeks and garlic had 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 packs a punch of calcium, contains vitamin E and zinc, both of which are also natural anti-inflammatory agents, and scores with sesamin and sesamol. Once again I will get on your nerves with a study in which it was found that these two “vegetable hormones” reduce osteoarthritis pain in the joints thanks to their anti-inflammatory effect.
So enjoy your meal with these three authentic “superfoods”. And so that the small embers do not become sources of fire (our bodies are incombustible), there are some more natural pain relievers on top.
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