If you suffer from symptoms of arthritis such as inflammation or joint pain, it is a good idea to follow a nutritious diet and avoid consuming foods that may aggravate the symptoms.
You want to reduce inflammation by means of avoiding inflammatory foods, and avoid foods that may lead to being overweight.
Extra weight puts a lot of strain on the joints and cause more pain and injury.
Gluten & Wheat
Gluten and wheat both produce an inflammatory response, particularly in folks who are intolerant to either. A leaky gut – or increased gut permeability – has been linked to joint pain in many studies.
A leaky gut allows toxins and waste to enter the bloodstream via the intestines; these harmful byproducts are seen as a threat, and the body initiates an immune response. The immune response is what leads to inflammation; sometimes targeting areas in and around the joints.
Salt & Preservatives
Many foods produced today include excessive amounts of salt and preservatives; the former makes some foods more palatable, and the latter artificially extends a product’s shelf life. Regardless, consuming too much salt and preservatives may produce inflammation within the joints.
Prepared foods, including of the frozen and microwavable varieties, are often loaded with salt, preservatives, and additives.
Many dairy products contain a type of protein called casein. Per a study conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, casein protein may irritate tissue around the joints.
Processed And Fried Foods
Cutting out fried foods from your diet can reduce the levels of inflammation. Processed food also tends to be loaded with ingredients that cause inflammation. These products are high in sugar, saturated fats and refined flour which make the food irresistible but they are also unhealthy.
This may sound strange but vegetables from the group Solanaceae contain solanine which causes negative reaction in people suffering from arthritis. Eating eggplants, potatoes and peppers may aggravate arthritis pain.
These include white flour products, white rice, white potatoes and most cereals and they have high glycemic index. Refined carbohydrates promote the production of byproducts, which worsen inflammation.
Nobody likes having to give up the occasional sugary treat, but processed sugars (similar to AGEs) release cytokines – molecules that stimulate inflammation.
Sugar, as many of you already know, is an “umbrella term” for other types of derivative ingredients; namely, ingredients that end in “ose,” such as fructose, glucose, and sucrose, among others. Just make sure you’re reading the label!
Alcohol & Tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco use has been linked to development of certain arthritis types. “Studies have shown that environmental factors play a part in who develops (rheumatoid arthritis) and that smoking is a big risk factor.”
A link has been discovered between levels of alcohol use and chances of developing gout.