Once thought of as primarily conditions of a mechanical nature (ie load on the spine causing an increase in wear and tear on the spine over time, old age etc.) both osteoarthritis and spinal disc degeneration are now thought to be issues primarily of an inflammatory nature – that is, inflammatory processes in and around the spine causing damage both to the spine itself and to the discs in between each vertebrae in the spine.
That being so, arthritis and disc damage should not be thought of as inevitable, but as something that can be minimised by implementing appropriate lifestyle choices, including, amongst others, appropriate spinal care as well as dietary considerations.
Dietary choices that minimize the inflammatory process would include a reduction in foods known to increase inflammation, such as dairy and meat, as well as increasing foods known to lessen the tendency for inflammation in the body, such as fruit, vegetables and grains.
Please refer to the following you tube (5 mins) on the likely correlation between diet and osteoarthritis
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