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Saturday, November 9, 2013

ARTHRITIS

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Arthritis

Arthritis is actually a group of different diseases. Osteoarthritis is a gradual loss of cartilage and overgrowth of bone in the joints, especially the knees, hips, spine, and fingertips.

Arthritis is associate with hyper-uricemia  that is too much uric acid in the blood. This is found in some foods like alcohol and a leftover of the metabolism of chemicals compounds called purines.

Rheumatoid arthritis, which affects over 2 million people, is a more aggressive form of the disease. It causes painful, inflamed joints, which sometimes become damaged. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of medicine's mysteries. And is believe to be autoimmune related.

For years people have suspected that foods are an important factor in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Many notice an improvement in their condition when they avoid dairy products, citrus fruits, tomatoes, eggplant sweet peppers, potatoes  and certain other foods.
A 1989 survey of over one thousand arthritis patients revealed that the foods most commonly believed to worsen the condition were red meat, sugar, fats, salt, caffeine, and nightshade plants (e.g., tomatoes, eggplant).

An increasing volume of research shows that certain dietary changes do in fact help. For example, polyunsaturated oils and omega-3 supplements have a mild beneficial effect, and researchers have found that vegan diets are beneficial.

What Can We Do
Take off some weight  if over weight which helps lower the concentrations of uric acids.
Try The Four-Week Anti-Arthritis Diet (adapted from Foods That Fight Pain, by Neal Barnard, M.D.)
·        For four weeks, include generous amounts of foods from the pain-safe list in your routine.
·        At the same time, scrupulously avoid the major triggers.
·        It is important to avoid these foods completely, as even a small amount can cause symptoms.
·        Foods that are not on either list can be consumed, so long as you are emphasizing the arthritis-safe foods and scrupulously avoiding the major triggers.
You may well experience benefits earlier than four weeks, but for some people it can take this long for chronically inflamed joints to cool down.

  The Major Arthritis Triggers Foods  Below Are  to be Avoided
1. Dairy products*
2. Corn
3. Meats**
4. Wheat, oats, rye
5. Eggs
6. Citrus fruits
7. Potatoes
8. Tomatoes
9. Nuts
10. Coffee
*All dairy products should be avoided: skim or whole cow’s milk, goat’s milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
**All meats should be avoided: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, etc.
 Below Are Some Pain-Safe Foods
Pain-safe foods virtually never contribute to arthritis or other painful conditions. These include
  • Brown rice
  • Bulgar
  • Cooked or dried fruits: cherries, cranberries, pears, prunes (but not citrus fruits, bananas, peaches or tomatoes)
  • Cooked green, yellow, and orange vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, chard, collards, lettuce, spinach, string beans, summer or winter squash, sweet potatoes, tapioca, and taro (poi)
  • Water: plain water or carbonated forms, such as Perrier, are fine. Other beverages – even herbal teas – can be triggers.
Condiments: modest amounts of salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract are usually well-tolerated
You must do a 3 days fasting
·        Plain lemon juice and water is good
You make also use a pain ointment to ease pain
·        JICM Centre sells a  very ,very good one  Called Pain Salve
Drink Lots Of water
This will help flush the system of the uremic acid
Change diet to eat controlled portions of protein foods such as peas bean nuts .
If you return to your normal way of eating then do not  be surprise if the pain resurface. But now that you know what to do simple start over the program from the beginning.

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