On the Internet you will find a lot of information about various diets for arthrosis. On some sites you will be advised to eat jellied meat, broths, on others – completely abandon fast food and fast carbohydrates, on the third – start eating on a strict schedule. Do you think these recommendations are useful, will they help you?
Some people ask the question: will a diet help with arthrosis of the ankle or hip joint? Let’s get it right from the start: osteoarthritis is a systemic disease. Therefore, the principles of nutrition with him are the same (regardless of which joint is damaged).
Will diet help cure arthrosis?
Deforming osteoarthritis is a chronic, genetically determined disease that leads to the slow destruction of articular cartilage. Today, there are no methods to completely cure pathology. Some drugs (chondroprotectors, hyaluronic acid preparations) slow down the development of the disease in the early stages. However, they act temporarily, and with arthrosis of the III-IV degree there is no sense in using them at all.
Many scientists question the effectiveness of chondroprotectors in the treatment of arthrosis, although the drugs have been clinically tested and contain substances that regulate the metabolism of cartilage.
As practice has shown, medications can delay the operation for several years. However, sooner or later, the patient still has to go under the surgeon’s knife.
A rhetorical question! What do you think: can a small amount of useful substances contained in food products affect the joints, given that even many drugs are powerless in the fight against the disease?
Diet for arthrosis caused by obesity
Osteoarthrosis of the joints of the lower extremities most often develops in individuals with overweight. The reasons are excessive load on the legs, regular trauma to the articular cartilage. Fighting overweight helps slow down the development of the disease, stop the destruction of joints.
With arthrosis caused by overweight, a person needs a diet. It should be low in calories, promote weight loss. It is better to eat in small portions, 4-5 times a day.
Even “neglected” joint problems can be cured at home! Just remember to smear it once a day.
Table 1. Diet for arthrosis: products that benefit and harm arthrosis
|Salt||Several decades ago, scientists believed that salt causes the development of arthrosis. However, this theory has not been confirmed. For people with osteoarthritis, doctors recommend a low-salt diet. They advise you to use no more than 1 teaspoon of salt per day|
|Confectionery||Cakes, pastries contain a huge amount of fast carbohydrates. These substances are instantly absorbed by the body and stored in the form of fat. This leads to overweight.|
|Croutons, chips, fast food||They contain many harmful preservatives and additives. Abuse of these products inevitably leads to the appearance of excess weight.|
|Sauces and mayonnaises||They are high-calorie, contain a lot of trans fats, stabilizers and chemical additives. Their use leads to obesity, is harmful to health in general|
|Fatty Meat||Nowadays, almost all meat is of poor quality. It contains antibiotics, pesticides, nitrates, and other chemicals. They accumulate in adipose tissue. Therefore, before eating any meat must be thoroughly cleaned of fat|
|Carbonated and alcoholic drinks||Soda contains artificial sweeteners that contain harmful carbohydrates and poison the body.|
|Cereals and pasta||Serve as a source of healthy (or slow) carbohydrates. They provide the body with the energy it needs, without causing obesity|
|Vegetables, fruits, freshly squeezed juices||Saturate the body with useful vitamins, macro- and microelements. Improves metabolism in all body tissues, including articular cartilage|
|Low-fat fermented milk products||Serve as a source of calcium – a mineral that strengthens bones. The use of milk and dairy products helps to avoid the development of osteoporosis, which occurs in most patients with arthrosis|
|Eggs||They contain a lot of proteins, which are necessary for normal metabolism and building tissues. Perfectly replace junk meat|
In most women older than 45 years, the lack of calcium in the body contributes to the development of arthrosis. The use of products containing this trace element helps to slow down the destruction of bones, to avoid unpleasant consequences (osteoporosis, fractures of the femoral neck, etc.).
About the benefits and dangers of meat products
Almost all types of meat that can be purchased are of poor quality. They are obtained from animals grown on special additives, hormonal preparations or the remains of animal bones. Excessive consumption of such meat not only does not benefit the joints, but also harms the entire body. Moreover, it causes the development of the so-called metabolic syndrome, which is extremely dangerous for its consequences.
In order for meat to be beneficial, you need to cook and eat it wisely. We picked up tips to help you do it right:
- try to buy meat from the villagers who themselves produce it. If you don’t have such an opportunity, make purchases in butcher shops. Never buy meat in supermarkets that is already weighed and packaged (most likely, its expiration date is running out);
- refuse to eat fast food, convenience foods, smoked meats, bacon, sausages, ham, etc. These products are not only made from harmful meat, but also contain a lot of food additives;
- try to cook meat, stew it in water or steam. This will help remove harmful substances from it, but maintain beneficial properties. The water you used for cooking is better to pour.
Many experts advise including jellied meat, jellied dishes and broths in the diet for joint arthrosis. These foods contain cartilage-friendly collagen. However, they are prepared from low-quality meat of animals grown on various additives. The “usefulness” of such food should raise serious doubts in you.
Shishkevich Vladimir, orthopedic and traumatologist, project editor-in-chief ExpertNews.
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