Arthritis is a debilitating condition that can take over your life. Chronic joint pain is nothing to take lightly, and can make even the simplest task seem laboring. Often times people look for answers in the form of remedies instead of preventative measures, which makes sense. How do we know what causes arthritis? And what is it exactly?
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage protecting your bones starts to wear down.
“The main function of cartilage is to seal the bone ends in a joint and absorb pressure on the bones during weight-bearing movement such as walking,” explains professor Yin Xiao.
Without that protection, bones rub against each other and cause severe pain.
There's also rheumatoid arthritis, which unlike osteoarthritis, is caused by your immune system attacking mistakenly attacking your tissue, which can cause inflammation and joint deformity.
Of course, there are many unpreventable factors that contribute to arthritis, like genetics and aging. But there are also things we do every day that can make our likelihood of developing the condition higher. The food we consume is one of these factors.
A study conducted by Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation indicated that junk foods and saturated fat can make arthritis pain a lot worse than it has to be.
Junk foods are easy to stay away from, as most people don't consume them on a daily basis. But there are two other foods you probably have in your fridge right now that can negatively affect your arthritis pains.