Nutritionists agree that acidosis is the seedbed of most degenerative chronic diseases. This condition is mainly due to our modern lifestyle and acidic diet. To better understand how it brings arthritis, we should examine how in general acidosis leads to degenerative chronic diseases
Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation and affecting the daily living. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. Most joints are mobile. They allow the bones to move and consist of the following:
Ligaments and tendons are tissues that surround the joint in order to provide support and prevent joint dislocation. The main causes of arthritis are wear and tear of cartilage (such as in osteoarthritis), inflammation of synovial membrane resulting from an overactive immune system (such as in rheumatoid arthritis), infections of the joint tissues, and injury. There are over 100 types of arthritis. The most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by a progressive erosion and loss of cartilage in a particular joint. It is a degenerative disease that commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and the large weight-bearing joints such as knees and hips. Among the many types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting over 20 million people in the United States.
Pain, stiffness, tenderness when pressure is applied to the joint, limitation of joint mobility and bony deformity are the most important symptoms of this condition. Loss of the cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility. Over years, the continuous use of the worn joint may irritate and inflame the cartilage, causing pain and swelling, and stimulating bone outgrowths (spurs) around the joint.
According to scientific literature osteoarthritis is related to the aging process and typically occurs in older individuals. More importantly most nutritionists believe that as for almost all other degenerative diseases aging process itself is speeded by acidosis. In osteoarthritis the body excess acids provoke a leaching of calcium mineral from the cartilage in the joint, causing this tissue to breakdown.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joint lining, the synovial membrane. It may also cause inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joint. Autoimmune diseases are systemic illnesses that occur when different body organs (tissues) are mistakenly attacked by the body own immune system. In rheumatoid arthritis the same joints in each side of the body are inflamed, causing pain, stiffness, redness, and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 2.1 million people in the U.S.
Nutritionists' studies show that acidosis leads to a poor blood circulation, which in turn causes through the body a lack of oxygen and nutrients, as well as an insufficiency in the elimination of wastes. This situation impairs our overall metabolism and physiology, and as a consequence our immune system, and so opens the way to most degenerative chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.In this case the synovial membrane in the joint is attacked and inflamed by an immune system which has been impaired by acidosis.