Who has not heard people constantly repeating: “stop cracking your fingers, you’ll get osteoarthritis”? Well now you can tell them to stop saying that because it is pure legend! Let’s see what osteoarthritis is and how to avoid it.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease, it is the cause of chronic pain which can become intense. Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint damage, resulting in gradually cartilage destruction. This begins by thinning and sometimes complete disappearance of the cartilage. Cartilage destruction is the result of chronic inflammation of chondrocytes, cells that allow the cartilage to renew.
The cartilage wears off and osteoarthritis happens but how to prevent this disease? Should we stop doing lunges? Well no, on the contrary!
By doing lunges the human body magically heals itself and the cartilage improves! Contrary to the logic, cartilage does not wear off because of the force of friction that acts on the bone but the opposite occurs: the more the cartilage is stimulated, the more it emerges from the synovium (viscous organic liquid that lubricates the joints) that nourishes and solidifies the cartilage.
How to prevent osteoarthritis?
We will repeat thousand times: eat and move!
If you want to prevent osteoarthritis, you must have regular physical activity, and the synovial fluid will be productive and will nourish the cartilage.
Food is also a factor that can cause osteoarthritis. Depending on what you eat, some foods have a “poisonous” effect on your metabolism. Therefore prefer healthy food, rich in fruits and vegetables that will give you the vitamins and minerals necessary for good bone health.
Note that being overweight greatly increases the risk of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis can also be caused by the quality of the blood as is the case for cardiovascular disease, according to Dr. Cheras. Moreover, some epidemiological studies have proven the link between these two types of diseases.
To summarize, to prevent osteoarthritis, you must eat healthy.
- Fruits and vegetables of course, but especially cherries, ginger, turmeric and salmon that help fight against the osteoarthritis-related pain.
- Emphasize consumption of garlic and other alliums (leek, shallot, onion, chives, etc.) that play an important role in protecting against the development of osteoarthritis in particular at the hip bone. These foods improve the circulation in the capillary (the finer blood vessels) and therefore protect from osteoarthritis.
- Consuming blueberries and Gingko Biloba is very beneficial for the microcirculation.
Regular physical activity is essential to keep a certain mobility of painful joints.
Make exercise regularly, such as swimming, cycling or walking, that promotes the synthesis of cartilage.
Do not eat broiled food (lamb chops on the barbecue, toast, roast chicken skin, etc.) that contain glycated proteins. Glycation makes glucose binds to the proteins in tissues, which alters their operation.
People between 40 and 65 years have a 30% risk of suffering from osteoarthritis. It is important to be vigilant because unlike bone and muscles, cartilage doesn’t repair.