Volume 2 - Issue 6
Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
Reducing Weight & Saving Your Load Bearing Joints
By J.R. Rogers
Excessive weight can play a major role in the increase of osteoarthritis-related issues. It not only increases the amount of damage, it also has long-term consequences that can be severe. Let us consider this example.
Load-bearing joints are obviously going to carry the greatest risk when excess weight is an issue. When you review the studies, the picture is very interesting. It reveals that your knees carry about three times your body weight with every step you take. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, your knees are accepting a 450-pound weight load with every step. The hips are also seriously at risk here too.
Recognizing that osteoarthritis left untreated will destroy cartilage and ultimately, the possibility of a hip or knee replacement, we should be taking every step possible to avoid that from happening.
Since nutrition plays such an important role for arthritis sufferers, we are going to be devoting some time to tips that can assist you in integrating food into your arthritis-fighting lifestyle.
Here is a simple way to lose excess weight and reduce the risks associated with hip and knee replacements down the road.
Eating many whole grains adds additional fiber to your diet. This not only is more filling, grains contain less calories and surprisingly, will rid your body of excess calories that you have consumed from other foods.
The biggest offenders are white breads, rolls, bagels and so on. To eliminate them, shop for the all-grain alternatives that are readily available at the store. Shop for the all-grain alternatives. When you do, make certain the word "whole" appears on the product. (Whole grain) You can extend this grain shopping out to other products as well. Oatmeal is full of it. Instead of white crackers, buy the whole wheat. Even pastas are available made from grains.
So, how does this help you lose weight? By making this simple switch in diet habits, you may be able to lose about 12-15 pounds.
As a side note, I would very much recommend taking a glucosamine product such as Syn-flex® to effectively ease arthritis pain. This is really an essential step and great product (more information on Syn-flex®).
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Facts About Calcium
By Amy Wallace
Hi, this is Amy Wallace. I will be a contributing writer to the Arthritis Chronicle every now and then. I have suffered from osteoarthritis in my knees for a little over three years now. In this issue I will be writing about the benefits of taking calcium.
Calcium is a major player in weight gain; stronger bones; osteoporosis; and lessening arthritis pain.
For those of you who are overweight, this comes as a real surprise. Did you know that calcium could actually lower your body fat? In clinical trials, females who were taking 1,000 mg. of calcium daily and were also consuming less than 1,900 calories had less body fat that those not ingesting calcium.
Why this happens is no medical mystery. Calcium serves to shut down certain hormones, which result in less fat being produced by the body and at the same time, increase the breakdown of fat. Of course, those who take adequate amounts of calcium have stronger bones and the odds of preventing osteoporosis are increased.
If you enjoy milk, you are not only gaining that all-essential calcium, you are also receiving Vitamin D that helps to ease the pain of arthritis.
If you are lactose intolerant, buy that group of products at your local grocery store. If you are not restricted, we recommend either no-fat or 1% low fat milk; yogurt (non-fat or fat free); and any reduced fat cheeses. Other great sources of calcium are fruit juices that are fortified with calcium. If you are not crazy about dairy products, black beans and spinach are also excellent sources of calcium.
In addition to calcium I have also used glucosamine with success. I use a product by the name of Syn-flex® and have had great results. (My knees certainly feel better.)
Glucosamine is able to rehabilitate cartilage, stimulate the production of synovial fluid, reduce inflammation and stiffness, slow the progress of existing osteoarthritis, and reduce arthritis pain.
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