The Paleo Diet & Arthritis
That aching sensation, and the overbearing stiffness. How it seems to throb even harder when you lay down to try and sleep, being forced to toss and turn until you find that sweet spot where it isn’t quite so bad. It being present in your back, ankles, knees, wrists, elbows. Yes, we’re both thinking of arthritis. The most common disability in the USA, over twenty million citizens around the world are impacted severely by the effects of arthritis, many of which are home bound or limited in how much they can work.
We’ve all certainly had our fair share of tough shifts at work, where our feet just seem to be more achy than usual and we beg for the end of the day to come. It is a curious thought to sit down and delve into that there are so many people out there who can’t work more than three to four hours before collapsing into a cozy chair or bed and relishing the comfort of not forcing themselves through a day’s work. It is a reality that many of us live through, unfortunately.
Now that we’ve got the obvious troubles that sufferers of arthritis go through, let’s have a look at our surroundings. Presumably, you are viewing this for a very good reason. Notably, you’re here because you’re interested in both the paleo diet and how it impacts those with arthritis. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the diet, we’ll talk for a moment on what it entails.
The paleolithic diet, dubbed popularly in urban culture as the caveman diet, hunter-gatherer diet, and Stone Age diet, is quite simply a diet that is designed based on our ancestors. Since the dawn of modern humanity fifty thousand years ago, our diets consisted of the paleo variety: Roots, fungi, nuts, vegetables, fruit, grass-fed pasture raised meat, eggs and fish. This all changed approximately ten thousand years ago, when humans began to settle into long-term housing and fields were ploughed for crops. The paleo diet specifically omits the following foods: Potatoes, legumes (peas, peanuts, beans, lentils are popular), refined salt, refined sugar, artificial sugars, grains, and products derived from cows (such as milk and cheese).
Statistically, we as a species have been on a paleo diet forty thousand years longer than we’ve been on a modern diet. Our bodies have evolved to thrive off this diet combination, and there are dozens of studies showing a clear health improvement in anyone who switches to a paleo diet. These benefits can vary depending on the person, their activity level, genetics, diseases, and their environment. However, it is widely agreed that any individual will face a health benefit from a paleo diet as long as they are also receiving the treatment they need for whatever ailment they may have. In this case, the paleo diet when coupled with arthritis medication can boost an individual’s resistance to the point that they may very well be able to work a full day without collapsing.
Some of the benefits of converting to the paleo diet are hidden, but very evident in the long term. For example, while on a paleo diet, you will find that there are close to artificial chemicals and products being left behind in your organs. Since everything passing through your system is both natural and organic, your body has no issues digesting the food and your intestinal tract has little to no difficulty processing the nutrients and discarding the rest into waste. It is truly beneficial for those at risk of clogged arteries and flora imbalances.
Another benefit is the total lack of diseases of affluence, which can be commonly described as the increase of illness in societies with increased wealth. The theory behind this is that we, as modern humans in a presumably modern society, have access to more food than is needed, especially food that is inherently harmful to our bodies rather than helpful. By following the paleo diet, we ensure that our diet remains proportional to the needs of our body without stepping over the boundary. Along with this, it means that we continue to share the diet of those less fortunate than ourselves, allowing a clear similarity between those of different economic status. Paleo diet has biological and societal impact.