As early as 1940, experiments on rats showed that a diet based on white flour and white sugar led to arthrosis and many other diseases. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease worldwide. About 7% of the population in Switzerland, Austria and Germany suffers from it, especially in old age. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the joints wears out. The cartilage normally prevents the bones from rubbing against each other.
A 2013 study showed that people who eat unhealthy foods are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than people who eat whole foods. A scientific study published two years later showed that a healthy, wholesome vegetarian diet can improve osteoarthritis. Why?
If we eat a lot of meat and mainly products made from white flour, with white sugar or white rice, the amount of acid in the body increases. The reason: the minerals with a basic effect, which are found in the so-called dietary fibers, were removed during processing. The pH value of the blood must be between 7.35 and 7.4, otherwise it becomes life-threatening. So when the body can no longer excrete the amount of acid it produces through the kidneys and lungs, it draws alkaline minerals from bones, cartilage and other parts of the body to bring blood pH levels back into the alkaline range. Of course, this damages the body parts in the long term.
Dr. Zhaoli Dai from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston through a meta-study, a summary of study results, in 2017. Understandable, because, as I said, the fiber contains the minerals. And we need the minerals to keep our blood alkaline.
Experts estimate that 50 to 70% of all chronic diseases are caused, or at least made worse by poor nutrition. So if you do not want to get osteoarthritis or other chronic diseases, we recommend a wholesome, high-fiber diet.
Contain a lot of fiber Sources of fiber are whole grains, legumes, nuts, vegetables and fruits. Food from animal sources (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products) usually does not contain any fiber.
Wearing GNL shoes alone only partially reduces joint damage. A whole food diet together with shoes that are optimally gentle on the joints is the best protection against joint diseases of the foot and leg joints. All other joints are also better preserved with a healthy diet.
It is also interesting to know that the less vitamin C - i.e. fruit and vegetables - you eat, the more likely it is that you are at risk of developing arthrosis. Helpful for people who already suffer from arthrosis: A study back in 2001 proved that a vegan and gluten-free diet has an anti-inflammatory and thus alleviating effect on joint diseases. More tips for Arthrosis.