Features of anti-arthrosis diet
Eating foods that contain animal proteins often causes an autoimmune reaction, which is manifested in various inflammations, especially in inflammations of the joints.
In modern dietetics there is the norm of daily protein intake, which is about 6 grams of protein per day. However, even this dose, according to V. Gitt is too high. In addition, advertising and the mass media convince us of the usefulness of protein products, and many of us try to eat as much milk, yogurt, cheese, fish and seafood as possible, that further exacerbate problems with our joints.
As one of the components of the treatment of arthritis, according to V. Gitt, one can follow the protein-free diet.
What are the features of this diet?
This idea comes close to the idea of vegetarianism, but with some special features.
A quarter of a century ago V. Gitt drew attention to the fact that people who adhere to certain principles of nutrition, suffer less from diseases of the joints, than those who eat "everything."
Since, the vegetarians, especially vegans (adherents of a strict diet that excludes even dairy products and eggs) are much less likely to have inflammatory and deforming processes in joints. On the other hand, fans of meat broths and eggs suffer from them more often.
Watching arthrosis and arthritis patients who were able to abandon the use of animal proteins, V. Gitt finally formulated the principles of protein-free diet.
Its main principle - the minimization of the protein in the diet. This means that meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, and in particular dairy products should be consumed in very scanty quantities, and as seldom as possible. It is undesirable also to eat tomatoes, spinach, sweet peppers, eggplant, and spicy seasonings. These foods contain purines, which are converted into uric acid in the human organizm, which is also very dangerous for the joints. Chocolate, coffee, cocoa may cause an allergic reaction, which consequently enforce the inflammatory process in joints. But what Is especially harmful for the joints is "the bone extract" - so much welcomed in many dishes based on meat and bone broths! And of course, it is absolutely unacceptable to eat smoked or salted meat and fish, or sausages.
Most of the proteins necessary for normal life of the organism can be replaced by proteins of vegetable origin. They are found in soybeans and other legumes - beans, peas, lentils, which, however, also should not be over-indulged. In many cases, when cooking you can replace the milk and cream with the products of vegetable origin.
On the contrary, the fatty foods are helpful for joints affected by osteoarthritis or arthritis. You can eat butter (either of diary or of vegetable origin) and some amount of fat sour cream, or cream, or even lard. The foods containing kalium are also very good for your joints - carrots (grated with sour cream), baked potato with skin (it should be eated separately from other vegetables - this way the kalium is absorbed much better), dried apricots, prunes, raisins, bananas, apricots, and watermelons. There is no restriction to eat grains (breads, cereals, bran), most vegetables (cabbage, cucumbers, pumpkins, onions, beets, radishes, celery), nuts, melons, berries and fruits.
Often V. Gitt receives the question: isn't it dangerous to limit protein intake? In this case, he often cites the example of Indian dancers who never consume animal food and retain the flexibility and elegance to a very old age.
Another example is children suffering from phenylketonuria. This is a congenital disease - the deficiency of the phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme, which is necessary for normal metabolism of amino acids that make up proteins. In the absence of this enzyme there is no the normal conversion of the amino acid phenylalanine into another amino acid - tyrosine. In the result the level of phenylalanine in the blood and fenilketona (phenylalanine derivative) in the urine are sharpely increase. The consumption of "regular" products leads to the development of dementia. A protein-free (or less protein) diet helps these children to grow up healthy, and the restriction of protein in their diet has no effect on their physical development.
However, it is worth to note that the protein-free diet is effective only in the case of systemic diseases - rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis and polyarthrosis when multiple joints are affected. Unfortunately, this does not apply to single joint arthritis - namely, arthritis of traumatic etiology.