If you’ve tried all sorts of different remedies to help reduce arthritis pain, don’t feel like you’ve hit rock bottom or like you’ve run out of options. There is a new arthritis diet that may help greatly reduce your pain. Doctors have found that there are specific foods that cause inflammation of the joints and muscles and that there are foods that relieve pain.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself that your joints are much achier after your meal than before you ate, the pain you’re experiencing could be directly related to the foods you ate. Although there’s no medical or scientific evidence that actually links the two together, they have more in common than you think. Most of the studies taken have centered their attention on antibodies in the body that would affect the bursts of arthritis pain. But food-related antibodies mainly show up in the gut, not the blood, so the studies are somewhat incomplete.
Food allergies have been known to trigger the symptoms of arthritis pain. This happens when your body accidentally sees something you ate as harmful. Your body then tries to protect you in any way that it can and your immune system creates an overload of antibodies, which are the actual triggers of the pain. One arthritis diet in particular recommends incorporating oily fish into your daily diet. Foods such as tuna, salmon, sardines, and even cod liver oil supplements are said to help with the pain.
You should also incorporate Vitamin E into your diet by eating unsalted nuts, bran-flake cereals, sunflower seeds, spinach, carrot juice, beets, turnips, tomatoes, asparagus, crab, mangoes, and papaya. Vitamin C has also been claimed to reduce arthritis pain. Great examples of Vitamin C are kiwi, peaches, oranges, broccoli, red peppers, green peppers, potatoes, parsley, cauliflower, strawberries, cantaloupe, cabbage, raspberries, celery, pineapple, lime, guava, and cranberries.
Turmeric and ginger of any sort used in curries, soups, or stews can greatly reduce your pain. There are even reports of vegan or vegetarian diets that have helped. Even with all of the foods that can help relieve tension in your joints, there are also some foods that you want to stay away from as much as possible.
Foods that may aggravate your system are eggplants, capsicum, milk, yogurt, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, ricotta or cottage cheese, buttermilk, whey, creams, eggs, butter, ice cream, and egg nog. Fatty meats have also been known to cause arthritis pain to flare up. Good examples of fatty meats are chicken, turkey, roast beef, hamburger, steak, pork, spare ribs, sausage, bacon, and ham.
Baked foods such as cake, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, bread, bagels, English muffins, regular muffins, potato chips, tarts, scones, shortbreads, and other dessert items may also be linked to an increase in pain. Always remember to consult your physician before embarking on any sort of diet because it could pose a risk for those of you who have diabetes or any other food sensitive disease.
Yes, there’s a lot to learn about living with arthritis. Getting in control might take some time. It’s going to mean making some changes in your life, but you can start with small changes, and you don’t have to make them all at once. Try to stay positive and work with your doctor to find the right combination of treatments. And you don’t have to do it alone.
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