Originally published May 7 2004
Combination of diet and physical exercise required for healthy knee joints; neither one works alone
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
A new study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism
reveals that the combination of weight loss through diet and physical
fitness through exercise helps the most for people suffering from knee
arthritis. Neither diet nor exercise worked very well without the other,
the study found. Knee arthritis, by the way, isn't something that just
appears out of nowhere: it's a natural effect of carrying far too much
body weight and avoiding exercise. By far the vast majority of knee
joint replacement surgeries performed in the US, for example, are
performed on those who are clinically obese.
This study is helpful
because it reminds us that you can't just diet your way to good health.
You have to combine physical exercise with good nutrition in order to
keep your joints healthy. This also speaks to the effectiveness of all
the body movement arts such as yoga, pilates, Tai Chi and martial arts
(not to mention the more vigorous forms such as swimming, gymnastics,
jogging and so on). You really have to use your joints and move your
body if you want it to stay healthy. There's no substitute.
think there's far too much knee and hip replacement surgery going on
today. These people need to be taught to take care of their own bodies
through exercise and diet, not to rely on radical surgical procedures to
give them knew joints after they abuse their God-given ones. Joint
deterioration is universally preventable. Joints don't just "wear out,"
either: they deteriorate from lack of exercise and flexibility training.
And these are things that patients can control.
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