Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints. It is also known as chronic degenerative joint disease. Arthritis is characterized by mechanical, diurnal pain and difficulty moving one's joints.
The cartilage surface surrounding the joints cracks and erodes, eventually disappearing. Abnormal bone growth then occurs, hindering joint movement.
Arthritis is the most common joint disease. Symptoms generally begin to appear after age 40 or 50, but the disease can start much earlier in life.
In most cases, aside from the cumulative damage associated with wear and tear, acidosis, or excess acid in the body, plays a major role. Nutritional deficiencies can also be a major factor, because if the body cannot get what it needs to repair the joints, they will be damaged more quickly.
Avoid simple sugars and nightshade vegetables (e.g. eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and bell peppers). Avoid acidic fruits such as lemons, oranges and limes.
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