The Athlete’s Diet requires exercise as a regular part of everyday life.
It anticipates this workload and provides for it with healthy and nutritious food.
This program recommends natural botanical products to improve health and prevent disease.
Its mechanism is to quench the free radicals that follow exercise, repress the inflammatory response that follows it and reducing the wear and tear on joints.
The joints of the body are very susceptible to injury.
Joints have very little in the way of blood supply and therefore respond poorly to the inflammation that follows injury.
Injured cartilage leads to osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease.
The signs of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of mobility.
Wear and tear on the cartilage and improper loading along joint surfaces are the most likely factors responsible for triggering the destruction of cartilage.
The major biochemical change that occurs during arthritis is a decrease in proteoglycan concentration.
Proteoglycans are polymers of aminosugars that are attached to the core proteins of cartilage.
Most athletes manage arthritis through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
These drugs provide only symptomatic relief.
Unfortunately, when taken for a chronic condition like arthritis these painkillers cause adverse side effects.
Athletes, who use cortisone to reduce pain and improve mobility, increase the risk to their overall health.
Cortisone is a steroid and strong anti-inflammatory drug.
Cortisone also causes severe side effects. Athletes can best prevent arthritis by modifying the molecular environment of joints while the joints are still healthy. This is accomplished by supplementing the body with natural botanical products and biological intermediaries.
This program recommends botanicals for their anti-inflammatory effect, glucosamine and chondroitn supplements to provide the building blocks for proteoglyycan formation and collagen repair. Together these products will minimize the effects of arthritis, enhance an athlete’s recovery from exercise and improve their performance the next time. Stronger tissues withstand unbalanced forces better than weaker tissues. Inflammation turns stronger tissues into weak ones. Glucosamine, chondroitin and anti-inflammatory herbs (boswellia, turmeric and willow) can suppress arthrogenesis (arthritis formation) in joints. In circumstances where excessive cartilage is degraded or completely lost, this method will probably be ineffective in regaining joint strength and mobility. In those cases, the use of viscosupplementation may be a wise choice.