Ease Arthritis Pain by Eating the Right Foods

Category: Hand Therapy, Rheumatoid Arthritis

smiling womanThis time of year, just about everyone’s diet plans fly out the window. During the holiday season, many special foods that are unavailable any other time of year make a long-awaited appearance. Sweets of all types are particularly plentiful now. These delicacies are very tempting, but if you have arthritis, they could also cause pain in your joints.

Inflammatory Foods

Eating certain foods can cause inflammation or make existing inflammation worse. Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup head the list. Also on the list are trans fats, refined carbohydrates, processed meats and vegetable and seed oils. Eating these foods, especially in high concentrations, can cause arthritis flareups that can be very painful.

Keep in mind that regular soda and fruit juices have high amounts of sugar. Drinking these can increase inflammation as well. Excessive alcohol also plays a role in causing inflammation, so go easy on the spiked eggnog and other alcoholic beverages.

Choosing Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Foods can cause inflammation, and they can also fight it. A diet rich with green leafy vegetables will help keep inflammation down. Kale, spinach and greens are good for arthritic joints, as well as the rest of your body. Other popular anti-inflammatory foods include tomatoes, almonds and walnuts, fruits – especially berries.

Fatty fish is also good for you. Salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines are among the most popular of these. They contain omega-3 fatty acids that provide good fat for your body. In addition to controlling inflammation, they are also beneficial for your circulation and vital organs, such as your heart, brain and lungs.

There are also spices that seem to ease the pain of arthritis. These include black pepper, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, cloves and saffron. Use these to spice up your healthy anti-inflammatory meals and you may notice a difference in your pain levels.

Eating anti-inflammatory foods may not eliminate the pain from arthritis completely, but is will reduce the level considerably for most people who suffer from this condition. Sovereign Rehabilitation provides effective treatment for arthritis. Contact us to schedule a consultation appointment. Living with arthritis can be challenging. Find out how our excellent team can help you achieve a better quality of life.

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