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Kingstephen

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 03:00
HI all

Since I started my 5:2 lifestyle three weeks ago with 24 hour fasts on my fast days Ive noticed something quite strange and (to me) fascinating. I have a badly arthritic foot in 7 joints due to playing football in my younger days. A few weeks ago I was taking powerful anti-inflammatory's every day and really the pain was severe each and every day being worst in the mornings but would ease during the day from say a 7 in the AM to maybe 5 in the PM. For the last week or so the pain is significantly better, at its worst maybe a 2 - 3 and Ive stopped taking my pills. I have a theory its due to the cell repair and regeneration that occurs with fasting and I would be really interested to hear of anyone else that has enjoyed any health benefits that they claim to be from interval fasting other than weight loss. I know its been proven to lower cholesterol and blood sugar etc, but what about anything else, like my foot?

Its all anecdotal of course, but four weeks ago Id never even heard of fasting for health, living longer and weight loss, so Im trying to learn everything I can, and I think its an interesting forum topic.

Steve
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brocky79

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 06:39
Have you looked at mark's daily apple. He talks alot about intermittant fasting and its benefits there. Good luck! Smile
Draglist

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 07:00
Hi Kingstephen. An interesting angle. I have read some things. I will find and post.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 13:34
I used to have painful arthritis in my hands and since starting the 5:2 I noticed I have no more pain. It didn't strike me at first. One day we painted a bedroom and that sort of activity would have me crippled in pain for days. I was amazed that I had no pain this time round. I think there is a benefit related to fasting too.
this damn tracker below hasn't been right in months! My current weight is 137!
Kingstephen

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 20:16
hi Brocky, ummmmm 'scuse the ignorance but what is marks daily apple? I assume its a web site? I will google it and have a look. Drag as I mentioned in another thread id be fascinated to read anything you have and Mrs Packrat (just love that name lol) Thank you for sharing, so that's two of us enjoying a decrease in arthritic pain.............I wonder if there are any more out there?
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Draglist

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 22:05
Ok, put on your reading glasses and thinking caps!

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0053760
Kingstephen

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Posted: 17 Dec 2013, 01:39
wow Drag, that's some heavy reading material. Interesting it seems to be pointing to success in CR (Calorie restriction) delaying or improving osteoporosis. So maybe its not such a stretch to think it helping with arthritis. Thanks for sharing Drag, very interesting reading, although laymans terms would make it so much easier to decipher.
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 17 Dec 2013, 05:16
Exercise also reduces arthritis pain. Mine has been so much better since i restarted regular workouts. Also if reducing the amt of chemicals from processed foods can help (mayo clinic info). No clue about fasting

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
mrspackrat

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Posted: 17 Dec 2013, 05:55
wholefoodnut wrote:
Exercise also reduces arthritis pain. Mine has been so much better since i restarted regular workouts. Also if reducing the amt of chemicals from processed foods can help (mayo clinic info). No clue about fasting


I still had the pain even with exercise. About 2 years ago I weeded out most processed foods and that helped but certain activities, like painting, would still have me reaching for the ibuprofen. The relief I have may not be due to fasting but I still keep wondering if it's related some how.
this damn tracker below hasn't been right in months! My current weight is 137!
Draglist

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Posted: 17 Dec 2013, 16:14
Glad to do it, but still looking for the article I really liked. Bill



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