Healthy Foods Fight Arthritic Inflammation
Arthritic inflammation pain can be debilitating. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), between the years of 2010 and 2012 an estimated 22.7 percent or 52.5 million adults in the United States alone were diagnosed by a doctor with arthritis.
Mostly, rheumatoid arthritis ra, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, gout, or fibromyalgia. Also, during that time, almost 50 percent of adults 65 or older were diagnosed with arthritis. And it is estimated that by the year 2040, 78 million Americans ranging in age from 18 years old to 85 years old will be diagnosed with arthritis. What’s more, nearly 1 in every 250 (around 294,000) children in the U.S. under the age of 18 suffer from a form of arthritis or rheumatic condition.
A Case for Healthy Eating
Because medications and treatments get more expensive and drugs have significant unpleasant (and sometimes horrifying) side effects. More people are looking toward natural ways to find arthritis symptoms relief. In most cases they need look no further than the foods they eat.
While there is no nutritional magic bullet, studies have shown that getting the right nutrition from certain foods can help to reduce inflammation and give pain relief that comes from arthritis. Good nutrition can influence the symptoms as well as progression of conditions that may be related to arthritis and autoimmune diseases. And it can also improve the immune system, help with weight loss, and decrease the incidence of other diseases such as heart disease.
There are certain foods that act as anti-inflammatories. While others can
increase inflammation. So Arthritis sufferers who learn what foods to eat and which ones to avoid through blood tests can enjoy:
- better pain management,
- improved range of motion,
- less joint damage,
- a more active lifestyle,
- and a more positive outlook on life.
These foods provide great benefits for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, gout, and other forms of soft tissue inflammation caused by arthritis.
Foods that Combat Arthritic Inflammation
Different types of foods seem to affect different types of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation offers some very good guidelines on dietary recommendations for arthritis sufferers based on their type of arthritis.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants have
powerful anti-inflammatory properties. These types of foods are the core of the Mediterranean style diet which consists of olive oil, fish, fresh
vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, and nuts.
It should be stressed that choosing fresh foods in these categories is best. The key is to select foods that are as minimally processed as possible and contain no additives or preservatives. This means that most canned foods should be excluded. Many supermarkets now have olive bars and other fresh, healthier food options. They have helped direct consumers away from processed, unhealthy food items. Fiber also plays a significant part in reducing arthritic inflammation.
Specific foods to incorporate into your diet to combat arthritic pain include:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Egg yolks
- Green tea
- Wild and brown rice
- Tart cherries
- Berries – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries
- Leafy greens
- Brussels sprouts
Foods that Increase Arthritic Inflammation
Just as there are foods that help alleviate arthritis pain. There are also foods
that increase it. The Arthritis Foundation offers advice on foods that should be avoided by arthritis sufferers as they have been shown to increase joint pain and inflammation.
- Sugar – Read the labels! Any ingredient that ends in “ose” is a form of sugar. This includes sucrose and fructose.
- Saturated fat – Cheese, pizza, red meat, pasta dishes, full fat dairy
- Trans fats – Processed snack foods, cookies, crackers, stick margarine, fast food, donuts, fried foods, frozen breakfast products
- Omega 6 fatty acids – Corn oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, many salad dressings
- Refined carbs – Crackers, rolls, bread, white potatoes, white rice
- MSG – A food additive found in soy sauce and many Asian prepared foods, deli meats, prepared soups, salad dressings
- Gluten and casein – Dairy and wheat foods, whey protein, rye, and wheat
- Aspartame – Most diet sodas, artificial sweeteners, many “diet” or “sugar free” products
Paying attention to what you put into your body will help you better reduce pain and inflammation. It will also help you feel better both physically and emotionally. A healthy, fresh diet can literally change your life.
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