Q: What Is Arthritis?
A: Arthritis is actually a general term that refers to more than 100 diseases that cause pain, stiffness and swelling from the inflammation of a joint or the area around joints.
Because there are various forms of arthritis, the causes are likely to vary in each individual. Research on how the roles of major factors including genetics and lifestyles affect the development of arthritis are continuously being examined.
It is a known fact that all healthy joints are surrounded by cartilage for cushion and easy movement. Arthritis results from the break down of this cartilage for a large number of reasons, sometimes even a combination of poor health and injury. As the cartilage degenerates, the opposing bones of a joint rub together, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. When a joint remains inflamed even after an injury, disease or an infection to the joint has cleared up – the resulting joint destruction, long-term pain and deformity are referred to as chronic arthritis.
Fact: Diet has long been claimed to be an important factor in the prevention and treatment of arthritis. In overview it is important to avoid eating an overabundance of acid-forming foods, such as salt, sugar, meat, dairy products, white flour, processed foods. Instead eat alkaline-forming foods which help to shift your body's pH and oxygenates your system. Alkaline foods keep your body healthy and functioning correctly, preventing cancer. Foods to avoid all together are coffee, tea, sodas, alcohol and any tobacco products. Some forms of arthritis, such as Rheumatoid can be helped by eliminating allergic and symptom sensitive foods. The most common are wheat and gluten products, spelt, cowís milk dairy products and soy. Some people benefit by eliminating citrus fruits and the nightshade family of vegetables - potato, tomato, eggplant and peppers.
Suggestions on relieving pain symptoms include supplementing with omega fatty acids and try to avoid synthetic fats and virtually all food products made with milk. Also including regular low impact exercise such as swimming or water aerobics to your healthy diet will help in reducing joint pain for those suffering from rheumatoid and chronic arthritis.