Does This Make My Arthritis Look . . .

23Nov10

Max from Italy asked me if his diet is good for osteoarthritis in his hips. Here is his message:

> Anti-inflammatory diet for osteoarthritis in both hips
>
> Good morning.
>
> I am 36 years old and I practice kickboxing, but recently (two years ago)
> I discovered osteoarthritis in both hips.
>
> This is my diet used every day for about six months, according to
> warrior diet protocol (eating only once daily in the evening)
> I only train two times a week in the gym.
>
> Morning:
> Water with supplement of glucosamine chondroitin MSM omega 3
> and magnesium carbonate in a citrate formulation
>
> Evening:
> Water with supplement of glucosamine chondroitin MSM and omega 3
> 3 eggs (sometimes with the addition of pasteurized egg white)
> Seasoned steamed broccoli olive oil
> Red beans
> 300 g Greek yogurt, zero fat, low carb, high protein
> Many nuts and almonds
> Chocolate, sugarfree
> Magnesium carbonate in a citrate formulation
> (Occasionally two oranges and a little pineapple)
>
> Is this wrong as my anti-inflammatory diet?
>
> Max from Italy

My answer:

Anti-inflammatory foods won’t help if your joint mechanics are off, which means the muscles controlling the joint are not working optimally. Read “Treating Worn-Out Joints” at www.stadion.com/sports-injuries/.

Concerning nutrition:

For most people, what anti-inflammatory foods they eat may be less important than eliminating the foods that are pro-inflammatory and harmful to their immune systems.

While your list includes many foods that are generally considered anti-inflammatory and does not include what are generally considered pro-inflammatory foods, if I ate as you do I would be sick and my joints would be inflamed. Because one’s reactions to every food are individual, it is not a good idea to follow the dietary fads and advice in the popular media.

General principle: Whatever is truly good for you has to be good for all aspects of your health. If it is good for some aspects of your functioning but not for others, then it is not good at all and will likely harm you in the long run.

About eating egg whites without yolks:
http://www.fitbomb.com/2010/11/stop-with-egg-whites.html

Your list shows that you limit your intake of saturated fats. Here are articles you may want to read:

http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/search/label/Kwasniewski%3B%20praise%20the%20lard
(Note improvements in joint function reported by arthritis sufferers.)

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/saturated-fat-healthy/
(Note improvements in joint function reported by arthritis sufferers.)

http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/search/label/arthritis/

http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/search/label/anti-inflammatory%20diet/

http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2010/04/aging-gut-flora.html

For health and thus for optimal function, I follow the principles of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Optimal Nutrition. Follow your body’s reactions and you will know what’s good for you.

The bottom line:

If what you do and eat helps your hip joints, then keep doing it. If not, then you have to change either what you eat, or what you do, or both.

Information in this post is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice.
Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed.
If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before treating yourself or others.
Always consult a physician before beginning or changing any fitness program.

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