This is Part 1 in a three part series about easing or preventing Arthritis.
Arthritis is a disease of varying degrees. While many people have inflammation in a single joint which causes pain, some have it so severely they struggle to walk, work, and generally go about their day to day activities. In the last 50 years, a great deal of information has begun to emerge about how certain foods can affect Arthritis. In this three part series, we will take you through the dietary information which has been reported to be most effective. One of the most popular, is that of the Acid free diet, originally brought to the mainstream by Arthritis sufferer Margaret Hills. Although there has been no comprehensive study of this diet with uniform results, many people have reported it to give great results, and report to have been able to use it to rid their bodies completely of Arthritis. Diet is well known to have an effect on all areas of your health, so although some medical professionals have been quoted as stating that what is known as the ‘Arthritis free diet’ is unlikely to work, it is sure to have some effect. Just as body builders increase their intake of protein to support muscle building work-outs, you can modify your diet to support healthy joints. With that being said, there is still some unsupported claims as to what is the most effective method. However, in the words of Asher Roth,
Trust that my gut is in the right place
So when I jump
Won’t hit a bump
And fall right onto my face
And I might
But that’s alright
I’ll just get up and say
At least I took a chance to make advances in this life, hey
Even if this is something which you find doesn’t have a dramatic effect on your Arthritis, at least you have taken a chance to try to make advances, a habit which will inevitably benefit you if you continue it in the long run.
The following sections go into what you can do to help treat and Prevent Arthritis over your lifetime. We recommend staying with this diet for a number of months before you decide it doesn’t work, as it can take a number of months to cleanse your body.
Why do you develop Arthritis in it’s various forms?
The driving theory behind this diet is that Arthritis is caused by an excess acid build up in the body. If you take measures to avoid acidic foods, consume Cider vinegar (a highly Alkaline substance) and take Epsom bath salts, alongside pursuing a healthy lifestyle and positive mindset, over a long period this will clear your body of excess acid build up and eventually rid your body of Arthritis.
What to Eat
*Follow every meal with the following solution:
Acid breaking down drink:
-Two desert spoons of Organic cold pressed unfiltered cider vinegar
-One teaspoon of good quality local honey
-Stick of fresh ginger
Stir until all the honey has dissolved. Cider vinegar contains Acetic acids, which combats against and dissolves the bad acids in the body which cause Arthritis. Fresh ginger helps to reduce inflammation in the body, and honey helps to sweeten the drink and prevent acid reflux. Taking this solution after meals helps your body by providing your body with the building blocks needed to break down acid build up.
*Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, brown pasta, brown bread and sweet potatoes have a good affect on your overall full body health, as they take longer to break down, meaning you feel fuller for longer, and they release energy more slowly in your body, which is essential for your full body health, and maintaining a healthy weight.
*Fresh, organic, free range meat which is naturally low in saturated fat, excluding pork and beef. Good choices include turkey, chicken and fish. This is to get good quality protein into your diet whilst avoiding meat which may contains acids and chemicals.
*Good quality vitamin C supplements. This is to make up for the lack of Vitamin C in the Acid free diet, which is because of avoiding citrus fruits. Vitamin C is essential to keep a healthy immune system.
*Fresh natural organic foods. Eating food which has been made from fresh natural ingredients is essential to your overall full body health. A good way to ensure this is by not eating any packeted or ready meals, and making all your food fresh from scratch.
*Drink filtered water which is low in fluoride. Modern day tap water contains a various chemicals, which are not good for our health, which are used to clean the water including chlorine and aluminium sulphate. Additionally, tap water often contains high amounts of fluoride which enters the water supply from the weathering of fluoride rich rocks. Using a good quality water filter can lower the level of all these chemicals so less of them enter your body.
What not to eat
Whilst you are cleansing your body of excess acids, you need to avoid the following foods:
*Alcohol in any form
*Beef and pork, these meats contain acids, and in the case of non-organic meats, often with modern farming methods livestock are pumped with many chemicals antibiotics during the course of their life, which means beef and pork can contain toxins
*Acidic foods, especially citrus fruits, raspberries, tomatoes and red wine
*Refined sugar as in causes a whole variety of health problems if taken too much, by affecting your body’s healthy production of insulin
*Refined flour, or products containing it such as white pasta and white bread, for the same reasons as above
Other lifestyle factors that will support a healthy recovery and prevent arthritis
*Avoid stress – Stress effects your full body health and your mind, and becoming too stressed will make it more difficult for you to stick to your diet and lead a healthy lifestyle.
*Gentle exercise regularly – Regular gentle exercise such as swimming and walking stimulates healthy circulation in your body which can help to reduce inflammation in your joints.
*Keep a positive mindset – Keep a positive mindset and begin each day with an open mind and good intentions. Be kind to yourself, have patience by allowing yourself time to heal and congratulate yourself for putting effort into trying to live a healthy life.
*Stay warm and avoid extreme changes of temperature – Extreme changes of temperature have been known to cause joint inflammation, and cold temperatures can cause stiff joints. Wrap up warm on cold days and keep your home well heated.
This book about treating Arthritis using an Acid free diet, encapsulates many of the points given here, and a lot more, in much more detail, including going into the various popular supplements which can be used for Arthritis, how vitamins and minerals are used in the body, and suitable recipes and meal ideas. Although a little heavy at times on promoting going to her clinic, Margaret’s full body health and happiness approach is a must read for anybody suffering from Arthritis.
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