We have a lot of misconceptions in our life. A lot of misinformation, myths, preconceived ways of thinking about how things should be. I think this comes from life experience through others and also we basically are not educated correctly when it comes to health.
Let’s look at our joints. As you get older, into your mid to late thirties and beyond I think most people believe that joint pain is the norm. Sometimes we believe this is due to the life we have chosen to live, sometimes a hard life but I think most of us feel that it is just a normal progression of getting older. We see our parents getting older and complain of aches and pains in their joints and they chalk it up to ‘life’. Most of us feel that as we get older naturally we become limited to what we can do because our body doesn’t work the way it used to and that is just the way it is.
Does our body change as we get older? Absolutely. We know that as an example the body produces less testosterone as we age. This could be due to evolution. For millions of years we didn’t live to the age we commonly live to today, in fact, we were lucky to see the age of 30. So if our life of being hunter/gatherers ended at 30 why would the body continue to produce higher levels of testosterone? We become less flexible as tendons become harder. Generally, we age. But what does that mean?
How we age is very much a variable, not a constant in the sense that we age based on the environment we have chosen to live in. By this I mean if we live a life of hard-drinking, excessive drug use, poor eating choices than our cells become damaged, and may even mutate causing disease. And when we damage our cells our aging is more drastic. And I think it’s a fair statement that most people don’t realize the impact the food we choose to eat greatly impacts how we age.
Injuries aside, I’d like to look at how we can control how our joints age. Please keep in mind as you read this that I am not discounting the impact an injury to a joint has. Recovery from a physical injury depending on the severity can take a long time and may never heal depending on when this injury happened in our life.
Let’s look at the relationship between blood flow and joint health. Why does blood flow throughout our body? Bringing oxygen, nutrients to the muscles, joints, etc. and taking away the waste. If our flow of blood is reduced than less oxygen/nutrients going to our joints. In fact, there is a procedure called microfracture where doctors drill small holes into the leg bones to increase the flow of blood in the hopes of regrowing knee cartilage.
So if clogged arteries can result in heart disease than clogged arteries that supply blood to joints probably impact the health of those joints. It makes sense then that as we get older (and our arteries get more and more clogged) are joints tend to bother us more.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. There is research that points to animal protein being the cause of this and also studies showing that bacteria in milk and beef linked to rheumatoid arthritis. And the inflammation from this arthritis has been shown to increase the clogging of arteries. Wow, that’s a vicious circle.
So what can you do? Nothing, right? Can’t escape aging! No, you can’t but you can change the impact it has on you. Studies have shown that changing to a whole foods plant based diet can greatly impact how our joints age. A clinical study done by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne was able to show that reversing clogged arteries is possible by switching to a whole foods plant based diet. So if changing your diet can reverse artery clogging and result in increased blood flow to our joints, brain, muscles, etc. than maybe living with joint pain is not a predetermined destiny.
And while I’m writing about food, let’s touch on bone broth. Don’t do it. Don’t. Eating bone broth to address joint pain is really no different than people eating animal penisis to address erectile disfunction, or to increase sexual performance. In fact, eating a whole foods plant based diet will address this issue. What else do arteries feed blood to? Yep, you got it, the penis. So that manly steak you are eating will actually make you perform less like a man in the bedroom so to speak. Another myth broken.
Eating bone broth, or taking collagen supplements is not going to do you any good. There is no absorption of peptides longer than 4 amino acids. In human cartiledge there is over 600 amino acids comprising peptides. So it’s just another way of making money off of people thinking that eating the equivalent of what is injured in the body will help in repairing it.
Another reason to change to a whole foods plant based diet. More and more reasons every day. Getting older doesn’t have to mean ‘getting old’. Many plant based athletes are proving this today. Endurance athletes in their 50’s and 60’s still competing and winning!
If you are having joint pain issues, arthritis, or want to make the world a better place by reducing your impact on climate change, your impact on animal suffering then make the change to a whole foods plant based diet.
Do it. Do it now. One person CAN make a difference.
Yours in health,