3 Foods that you should avoid in case you have Arthritis
Inflammation and loss of function in parts of the body characterize arthritis, a type of rheumatic disease that can damage joints, bones and cartilage. It affects millions of people causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and in some cases, loss of function. The good news is that dietary changes can reduce the pain associated with arthritis. What is the key? Eating a diet that is anti-inflammatory such as fish, vegetables, nuts and olive oil.
Foods high in omega 3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals help fight inflammation, reducing the pain associated with arthritis. In the U.S., chronic disease is rampant due to the unnatural environment and diet that most people are fed from an early age. What can you do to fix this problem? Start by avoiding foods that inflame you.
Avoid Highly Processed Foods – everyone responds differently to various foods and some are going to inflame you in different ways. For example, you may be someone that loves strawberries, however an hour after you eat them, pain develops in the hip along with a headache. Take note of how you feel after eating a meal. One of the best ways to do this is to keep a food journal of everything you eat. Make note any changes in how you feel or if you feel fatigued or energized. Either way, it will give you a good indicator if that food or meal is right for you.
Another Thing You Need To Be Aware Of Is AGE – no it does not refer to how old you are. AGE stands for advanced glycation end product and is a toxin that appears when food is grilled, fried, pasteurized or heated. It damages certain proteins in the body when it tries to break down these AGEs a part using cytokines, inflammatory messengers. Depending on where these AGEs occur, they can trigger forms of inflammation including arthritis. You can reduce this from happening by avoiding cooking foods at high temperatures. For example, when you heat a skillet, use medium heat to reduce AGE levels.
Sugar – is another food that you need to avoid because it can also trigger inflammation in the body. Sugar is found in many foods. Some are hidden while others are more obvious. Read labels and look for hidden sugars that can be found in barbecue and pasta sauces, and even Chinese sweet and sour chicken take-out. Do NOT be fooled by sugars found in health food stores such as agave. It is 85% fructose that is even more damaging to the body than cane sugar, which is all sucrose. Your liver has to work very hard to metabolize it too.
Avoid processed foods, soft drinks, white-flour baked goods and candies to reduce and prevent arthritis pain. In addition, the protein in dairy products can contribute to arthritis pain, irritating the tissues around the joints. Many people find relief by switching to a plant-based diet or vegan-eating plan that does not contain animal products. Choose protein sources from vegetables such as nut butters, beans, spinach, quinoa and lentils.
One of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients you can use in cooking for relief of arthritis pain is the turmeric root. The root looks like a deformed carrot with a brown wrapper but the flesh is bright orange. It helps reduce inflammation anywhere in your body. Try in stir-fries or add it to salad dressing and sauces.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, look for turmeric as a supplement with the key ingredient being curcumin. In fact, you can purchase curcumin as a supplement but make sure it contains black pepper for better absorption. Look for at least 90% or greater of curcuminoids, whichever formula you choose. Avoid eating highly processed foods and enjoy more whole foods such as fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts and olive oil to reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis. Start your journey towards a long life of health and vitality – free of pain and inflammation.