You are what you eat, they say. This phrase sounds like an oversimplification. Yes, your body breaks down what you eat into chemicals, which it uses to build and rebuild itself. However, the idea of “You are what you eat” is usually used as a shorthand for “if you eat healthy you’ll be healthy” and, “if you eat unhealthy you’ll be unhealthy”. These are facts that are easier said than done (for many of us). Since we live in a world of 10-hour work days, carting kids to baseball practice and preparing for presentations after hours, eating healthy is put at the bottom of the priority list. But why should we care about eating healthy and what does diet have to do with joint pain?

Diet is the major contributor to heart disease and heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. However, another condition that plagues the globe is joint pain and arthritis. Even artiritis.org admits that 75% of people over 60 have some sort of arthritis! That’s insane! With that being said, obesity is the #1 cause of arthritis. You would never think that the little chicken sandwiches for $1.00 would someday give you joint pain in your knees and hips. However, years of eating too many chicken sandwiches adds up to being overweight, which puts you on the fast track to joint pain and arthritis!

Eating Healthier Foods to Avoid Joint Pain

For every “expert” that claims that eating fish, for example, is good for you, you’ll hear another “expert” tell you that fish causes cancer and that you should only eat vegetables. What should you do? How do you eat healthy? How do you maintain proper nutrition with a busy career?

You need to set yourself up for success. If you are used to a drive through diet it will be extremely difficult to quit cold turkey and only eat fresh vegetables. It will put you in a bad mood, you’ll always feel hungry and you’ll end up going back to buying more $1.00 sandwiches through the drive through. Plus, you’ll feel defeated.

If chicken sandwiches are the go-to sandwich of choice for you, don’t try to replace every chicken sandwich with broccoli. Try to prepare chicken breast ahead of time so you can replace the McChicken with fresh chicken breast. Instead of a side of fries, try to mix in something healthier. Do you like pineapples? Cut up pineapples ahead of time as well and eat that as side instead of French fries. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to go Vegan to be healthy.

I personally tried switching from eating whatever I desired to eating only veggie smoothies. All I could do was think about how hungry I was, even after I drank a massive smoothie. I constantly thought about how much I missed chicken wings and soda. I went from one extreme to the other too fast and I failed.

I had to plan my meals ahead and prepare my meals ahead to switch from an unhealthy diet to a healthier diet. Without hunger headaches, and insane deprivation I was able to improve my diet and the result was weight loss, more energy and a better mood. Now I know I’m also putting myself at less risk for arthritis. My point is that changing your bad diet to a healthy diet is difficult. Be realistic, plan ahead and don’t starve yourself.

Moderate Your Meals to Decrease Joint Pain

To eat healthy, you also have to moderate what you eat. I’m by no means a nutritionist, but I did have success with changing my diet so I’ll tell you what worked for me.

We just mentioned that switching from drive-through sandwiches to fresh chicken breast is a great choice. Nevertheless, if you’re eating 3,500 calories of chicken breast you’ll still have a surplus of calories and you wont see results. According to web.md you should aim for an average of 1,800 calories if you’re a woman and around 2,200 if you’re the average man. This is a calorie count for inactive people to maintain your weight. If you want to LOSE weight you should eat 500 calories LESS than the numbers above to lose one pound per week. The idea is that it’s not entirely what you eat, but how much you eat!

What worked for me was to get over the idea of eating 3 large meals. Instead, I ate about 5 smaller meals. You’ll lose the hunger headache and growling stomach after you eat a small meal. You don’t need to eat 1,200 calories per meal or clear off a huge plate to feel satisfied. Plan on eating 5 smaller meals per day. You’ll feel like you’re eating all day since you’ll eat more often. Also you wont have hunger pains.

I firmly believe weight loss is all about diet. You don’t have to run, you don’t have to go to the gym and you don’t have to lift weights to see a difference. Your waistline is all about what you decide to put in your mouth.

How Does Obesity Cause Joint Pain?

We mentioned earlier that your diet doesn’t directly determine if you’ll have arthritis. There aren’t specific ingredients in your food that cause arthritis. What causes arthritis is wear and tear on your joints.

In between everyone’s joints is rubbery cartilage. This cartilage prevents the bones in your joints from rubbing together. The reason why so many people have arthritis is because this precious cartilage isn’t indestructible. The tires on your car don’t last forever, the soles on your shoes don’t last forever and the cartilage in your joints does not last forever.

If you’re overweight you’re putting more stress on ALL of the joints in your body and speeding up the process of wearing down your joints. If you’ve been obese your entire life you can almost expect to be in the 75% of people who will start experiencing joint pain in your later 50s or early 60s. Once you have arthritis it will not go away on it’s own.

Stem Cell professionals in York, PA

If you are not experiencing joint pain, great. If you’re overweight, take the tips I mentioned above. It’s easier than you think to see results. If you DO have arthritis or joint pain, you have a few options. You can either deal with the pain, take pain killers for the rest of your life, get joint surgery or take advantage of regenerative medicine or Stem Cell Therapy.

We talked about wearing down the cartilage in your joints. This condition won’t fix itself. However, an injection of stem cells may be able to rebuild the cartilage in your joints. Since stem cells are undifferentiated cells, if they come in contact with the cells that encompass your cartilage they will begin to rebuild the cartilage in your joint. Once your cartilage has regrown you MAY experience joint pain relief. If you are just starting to experience joint pain from arthritis the time to talk to the Stem Cell Professionals is now! Don’t let your arthritis progress. Take advantage of stem cell therapy before you have to replace your painful joint with surgery.