Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: primal and arthritis

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    alabama
    Posts
    13

    primal and arthritis

    My mother has severe osteoarthritis and my grandmother did also. I'm 58 yrs old myself and i need to know how to prevent this happening to me through Primal eating. I've been primal since mid-August but i need to know which foods provide the best nutrition for joints and bone density. Thanks in advance!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Santa Barbara
    Posts
    10,514
    You can avoid a lot of joint problems by getting a good mix of saturated fats from animals (and plants) and monounsaturated fats from plants and minimizing your intake of omega 6 fats. The aim is a 1:1 ratio of omega 6 fats to omega 3 fats, but realistically, a 2:1 ratio O6:O3 is easier to achieve. Just avoid at all costs the typical vegetable oils like soy, safflower, canola, peanut etc. The consumption of healthy oils and fats reduces inflammation not just in your joints but throughout your body and in fact, NSAID pain relievers also do the same thing. This is why pain relievers help the symptoms of arthritis! But you can prevent it altogether by just eating healthy fats to begin with. I didn't even know this would be an outcome of eating this way, but one day I realized I had no more beginning arthritis and no more pains in my feet and someone told me it was because of the fats.

    Other than that, arthritis is also an auto-immune issue and eating this way will minimize the propensity to develop auto-immune problems by minimizing foods that open little cracks in your intestines to let foreign proteins in. Those foods tend to be wheat and gluten and a few other things. If you are too far gone already, you might have to avoid tomatoes and white potatoes, peppers and other plants in the nightshade family.

    So eat lots of nutrient-dense foods that Mark lists in his blog pages and book and you should do just fine.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    alabama
    Posts
    13
    thank you, sbhikes. i had already decided this week to avoid nightshades, so I'll go with it!! Thanks, again!

  4. #4
    I also have osteoarthritis, had a hip replacement 2 years ago at age 46, and started primal this year in an effort to quell the inflammation in my body. I would say my pain levels have decreased about 90%, but I'm still looking for a way to regrow cartilage! I wish I had learned about this 20 years ago, but then I probably wouldn't have listened anyway. I only gave up grains and sugar because I was desperate. Good luck to you, primal really works.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    alabama
    Posts
    13
    I'm just glad to know there's a solution if a person is willing to go with it! I just wish my Mom's wasn't too far gone. She's in the hospital now from a compression fracture in her spine. Dr says her back is a mess.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    alabama
    Posts
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by windypasswheeler View Post
    I also have osteoarthritis, had a hip replacement 2 years ago at age 46, and started primal this year in an effort to quell the inflammation in my body. I would say my pain levels have decreased about 90%, but I'm still looking for a way to regrow cartilage! I wish I had learned about this 20 years ago, but then I probably wouldn't have listened anyway. I only gave up grains and sugar because I was desperate. Good luck to you, primal really works.
    Thank you, windypasswheeler. That's so encouraging!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Cologne, Germany
    Posts
    71
    Belle and Windy: All that sbhikes says is right. Generally speaking, the primal lifestyle is anti-inflammatory.

    Additionally, you might try bone broth (there is a ton of research on these boards and on the internet) which has not only minerals like calcium but other stuff (sorry, no time to look up what it's called, among others it's the gelatin) that rebuilds cartilage and strenghtens the bones.

    Also, fish oil or other sources of omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. If there is pain, there usually is inflammation too.

    Heavy lifting strengthens bones, joints and ligaments.

    My experience: I am 54 years old. At my age, my mother already had two artificial hip joints (is that the right word in English? Sorry, I'm not a native speaker). My brother, who is eight years younger than me suffers from chronic pain in the hips. When I started having the odd pain in my hips and knees about a year ago I started taking fish oil and making bone broth. Eight months ago I took up heavy lifting. Now I only get pains when I forget to take my omegas for more than a few days.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    alabama
    Posts
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by Bess58 View Post
    Belle and Windy: All that sbhikes says is right. Generally speaking, the primal lifestyle is anti-inflammatory.

    Additionally, you might try bone broth (there is a ton of research on these boards and on the internet) which has not only minerals like calcium but other stuff (sorry, no time to look up what it's called, among others it's the gelatin) that rebuilds cartilage and strenghtens the bones.


    Also, fish oil or other sources of omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. If there is pain, there usually is inflammation too.

    Heavy lifting strengthens bones, joints and ligaments.

    My experience: I am 54 years old. At my age, my mother already had two artificial hip joints (is that the right word in English? Sorry, I'm not a native speaker). My brother, who is eight years younger than me suffers from chronic pain in the hips. When I started having the odd pain in my hips and knees about a year ago I started taking fish oil and making bone broth. Eight months ago I took up heavy lifting. Now I only get pains when I forget to take my omegas for more than a few days.
    I definitely need to do bone broth. I'll get directions and try it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Wet Coast of Canada
    Posts
    758
    What do I know? Before if I walked for an hour, my hips would ache for hours and hours. Now I can walk half the day if need be, and there is no aching in my hips.
    Female, age 51, 5' 9"
    SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

    Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
    2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    alabama
    Posts
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by jojohaligo View Post
    What do I know? Before if I walked for an hour, my hips would ache for hours and hours. Now I can walk half the day if need be, and there is no aching in my hips.
    That's encouraging. Going to the mall isn't one of my favorites because of joint pain after about 1 1/2 hrs.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •