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Arthritis is a common and very complex disease which is described as an inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Arthritis is commonly known as an ‘old people’s disease,’ but it can affect people of all ages,sex, as well s race especially adolescents and adults. There are over 100 different forms of Arthritis. It is mostly common among women and usually occurs as one gets older.
Some of the signs and symptoms of arthritis in the joints are swelling, stiffness, pain and decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can affect a lot of daily activities such as brushing one’s teeth, driving a motor vehicle or even putting on clothes. One in about every four patients describes the pain as a seven or higher (on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being the most intolerable pain.)
However, some foods can cause further inflammation whereas other foods can lower and significantly reduce inflammation.
Here are 10 foods to avoid if you have arthritis.
It is very crucial that you know what foods can cause inflammation and those that will not or can reduce inflammation even though if you do not have arthritis.
Although there is no one food that can objectively reduce inflammation for all people, there are different types of food that can work better (or worse) with your body.
1. Gluten and wheat. These two products can produce an inflammatory response even if you are not gluten or wheat intolerant.
A leaky gut (This is an actual medical term now), that has been linked to joint pain. A leaky gut allows toxins into the bloodstream which can then lead to inflammation around the joints.
Almost all dairy products contain a type of slow digesting protein called casein. Casein protein can have the potential to irritate the tissues around the joints. This will then evolve from a joint irritation into a full-blown inflammation.
3. Corn oil.
Corn oil has high doses of omega-6 fatty acids which can have the potential to cause inflammation. Therefore it should be avoided by all means.
An excess of any oil, such as canola, grapeseed or sunflower, can lead to inflammation. It is easy to overindulge in these omega-6 fatty acids since so many foods contain this compound.
4. Fried and processed foods. It should be pretty straightforward as to why the reduction in fried and processed foods can eliminate or reduce inflammation and subsequent joint pain.
Studies have shown that a reduction in fried and highly processed foods can greatly reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body’s natural defenses regardless of your age or health status.
5. Foods that have been fried, grilled, heated or pasteurized. A toxic byproduct, known as advanced glycation end product (or AGE), is found in many fried, grilled, heated or pasteurized foods. It can actually cause inflammation.
When these AGE foods are consumed, it elicits an autoimmune response since some proteins in the body are ‘attacked.’ This then causes the onset of arthritic symptoms due to increased inflammation.
Vegetables such as eggplants, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes have a compound called solanine which can create ‘adverse physiological reactions’ in people with arthritis. Therefore,such vegetables should be avoided because they can actually worsen arthritic pain.
High amounts of sugar in your diet result in an increase in AGEs. Things like fructose, glucose, and sucrose can stimulate molecules in the body which will then stimulate inflammation.
8. Refined carbohydrates. White flour products such as white bread, white potatoes, and most cereals can cause inflammation since they are high on the glycemic index. Furthermore, refined carbs may increase the risk of obesity. Obesity is one of the primary risk factors of arthritis.
9. Alcohol and tobacco.
Alcohol and tobacco have been linked to a specific type of arthritis called rheumatoid arthritis. People who consume excessive alcohol, have a higher risk for developing gout.
It is a big factor in getting this type of arthritis. Increased levels of alcohol can lead to higher chances of developing gout which can further any inflammation in and around joints and bones. Smokers are more at risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Now that we know what to avoid when you have arthritis what should we eat instead?
Well thankfully it’s much simpler. One big part of your diet should be foods that are packed with omega-3 such as fish. Eating fish like mackerel, salmon, tuna or herring will help reduce inflammation giving you much needed relief.
If fish isn’t your thing, you can also eat a healthy diet of soybeans, tofu, and edamame along with some cherries, broccoli, green tea and any citrus fruits can help reduce inflammation.
When eating grains you should choose whole grains instead of refined grains. Foods like brown rice or oatmeal are highly recommended for this reason. Also beans such as kidney beans, pinto beans or red beans are all very good choices as well.
Finally other foods that are rich in omega-3 other than fish are avocados, walnuts and virgin oil. These contains fats that are good for you and are highly recommended to be consumed on a regular basis.