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Foods to Avoid and Foods to Eat
If you were to sum up in one word a food to avoid that creates and or aggravates your arthritis condition it is Sugar!
Sugar consumption is off the charts. According to the USDA sugar consumption has double since 1978. According to the Canadian Medical Association childhood obesity has more than double since 1981. Diabetis is on the rise. One hundred years ago the average person comsumed 12 lbs of sugar annually whereas today the average person consumes 120 lbs annually. Nutritionists call this suicide.
In the end result of sugar digestion, what is called food ash, sugar becomes acidic and acidifies the body. The body struggles to maintain a pH of 7.38. A pH of 7 is neutral. Below 7 is acidic and above 7 is alkaline. To compensate for this high acidity in the blood, calcium and collagen is dissolved out of bones and joints. High acidity deteriorates cartilage. One of the worst culprits is the pop beverage. Some of the leading brands contain 12 teaspoons of sugar per a 341ml can. Man was not made to go to the fridge when thirsty and grab a pop, he was made to go down to the river and have a drink of water.
Through commercialism, it is rare these days to find a drinking fountain in any Mall or public place. At one time drinking fountains were located in Parks and even on streets in downtown areas. Today they would prefer you open your wallet and buy cheap sugar beverage at a high profit price. Soda drinks do not offer any nutritional value as there is no nutritional value in white sugar, artificial falvours or dye.
Real People Examples
Harry an old timer at the age of 79 comes by for an occasional chat. Seeing as 80% of people over the age of 60 have some degree of Arthritis, I asked Harry how was his Arthritis. Harry replied: "Don't have any. The Lords been good to me". My wife perked up and said: "Harry, you're a diabetic and you don't take sugar." "That's right" said Harry "No sugar and I haven't taken any for 25 years". No Arthritis either!
Robert an accountant at the age of 60 was asked how his Arthritis was. "Don't have any" replied Robert. Robert does not drink pop or coffee, eats fruit for breakfast and dose not eat pastries, donuts and other sugar laden foods. He has also cut back on red meat.
Other foods that have a acidifying or toxic result on your body are coffee, red meat and white flour. I'm not suggesting to cut out all these food, just know which ones are the culprits and cut back as much as possible. For a start, if you what to do something, I would strongly suggest to discontinue drinking pop. Besides the high sugar content, CO2 - carbon dioxide is used to carbonate pop. CO2 is a waste product to your body that is expelled from the lungs with each breath. Why would you want to put more back into your body? Coffee has many toxins and just 1 teaspoon of sugar daily can greatly effect your Arthritis condition. Coffee is a stimulant that gives you a lift in the morning but when the stimulant wears off, your extremely fatigued in the afternoon wondering why you have no energy and feel so tired. Herbal teas are a great substitute and offer such a delightful variation of flavours and beneficial properties. We drink these without sugar. It's all in what you get used to. Realize that you have been conditioned and commercialized for profit, to drink Pop and Coffee. The actual cost of a cup of coffee is about 10˘ and pop is not much more.
Foods to Eat
Most fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables and green foods have a alkalizing effect on the body. A lime has a pH of about 1.5, which is very acidic yet upon digestion the end result, which is called food ash, the lime actually produces an alkalizing effect in your body. Fresh green vegetable salads full of enzymes are effective. There are natural health products on the market that contain green foods such as spirulina, blue-green algae that results in alkalizing your body resulting in some relief for your Arthritis condition. EFAs, Essential Fatty Acids can help joint health. Oils such as flax seed oil, coconut oil, seal oil and various fish oils. These oils are also brain foods and are essential for keeping a feeling of well being, a happy attitude. Drinking plenty of good filtered water flushes your system of toxins and restores bodily fliuds. Drink water filtered through a simply carbon filter and do not drink water that has been distilled or processed through reverse-osmosis as this water has been stripped of all minerals and is acidic. Incorporate into your diet as much fresh fruits and green vegetables as possible.
The Importance of Probiotics
Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to digest foods. They say that your intestinal track is about 80% of your immune system. In optimal health, essential nutrients are required for good health, including good bone and joint health. Without a healthy amount of probiotics, the good bacteria, malabsorption can occur effecting joint health. Antibiotics can kill the bad bacteria but can also kill the good bacteria. Then the bad guys seem to move in more rapidly. As well, various drugs as well as old age can effect the amount of good bacteria, the good flora in our systems. Supplementing with probiotics should be a must. Consume as much foods as possible that has been fermented with good bacteria.
Foods that are fermented with Bacteria culture - not yeast.
Buttermilk, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Sauerkraut, Kefir, Dark Chocolate, Miso Soup, Natto, Pickles, Pepperettes, Tempeh. Foods fermented with Lactic Acid Culture.
Antacids and H2 Blockers
Contrary to what antacid advertisements and big pharmaceutical companies state and what most Doctors may tell you about stomach acid, the truth of the matter is that when most people reach mature years, they tend to make less stomach acid which can cause heart burn and refluxing known as GERD. The sphincter valve which closes to prevent stomach acid from traveling back up the esophagus requires a good healthy amount of stomach acid to trigger it to close.
Not enough stomach acid can cause poor digestion, poor assimilation of vitamins, minerals and proteins which are not only required for over all good health but also are required for good joint health. Taking antacids or H2 blockers just ads fuel to the fire and the whole situation can get much worse over time. It's very easy to test to see if you have low stomach acid. A simple test is while experiencing heart burn after a meal, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. If your heart burn subsides in 5 to 10 minutes then you'll know you do not have enough stomach acid to properly digest your food. In this case you can also supplement with Hydrochloric acid capsules available at Health Food Stores.
Herbs such as worm wood, peppermint, cloves, licorice and other bitter herbs stimulate and over time correct gastric juice levels.
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