Many sufferers of arthritis are unaware that their level of pain can vary based on diet. Depending on your choice of foods, you can either create more inflammation in your body, or prevent it.
Because arthritis is a disease of chronic inflammation, foods are a huge factor in determining how intense the condition will be.
In order to reduce and prevent inflammation, eat these anti-inflammatory foods. They actually work to lubricate the joints and ease the pain.
1. Fish and seafood – Omega-3 fatty acids abound in seafood, which helps to ease inflammation. Choose fatty fish such as salmon or catfish for the highest amounts of Omega-3.
2. Healthy oils high in Omega-3. Flax seed oil, olive oil, and coconut oil should all be on your daily diet list.
3. Supplements and spices – Ginger, turmeric, fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin, proteolytic enzymes, boswellia and white willow bark: all of those spices and supplements have a wide variety of anti-inflammatory properties.
On the other hand, the following foods actually cause inflammation in the body. If you have been consuming any of the following, cut them out of your diet and take note of the pain level that follows.
1. Nightshades – These include tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, pepper, and paprika.
2. Gluten – Gluten has been a buzz word in recent years; and, though it cannot cure everything, following a gluten-free diet has helped some patients ease joint pain and inflammation. Give it a try and see what happens.
In addition to these two common types of inflammatory foods, be sure to avoid any foods that cause an allergic reaction in your body. These too will cause inflammation.