Avoid These 8 Types of Food Groups to Lessen Arthritis Pain
There are some foods that, unbeknownst to many, not only fail to help provide the necessary nutritional benefits but in fact worsen ailments such as arthritis.
- The non-alkaline diet. To be clear, the pH is not the problem – at least not in terms of causing or worsening arthritis. The real culprit behind worsening the impact of arthritis symptoms in this case is really the fact that most foods in the non-alkaline diet are ones that happen to aggravate inflammation because of their content and properties. One may consider shifting instead to an alkaline diet – again, not mainly because of the pH shift, but because the foods that fall within that classification tend to be healthful foods anyway.
- Salty foods. While conventional wisdom on salt in food tends to vacillate between calling to cut it out of a diet entirely and reaffirming the importance of salt in preserving and adding flavor, the simple fact remains that salt contributes greatly to raising inflammation levels, and thus can be a trigger for arthritis pain.
- Alcoholic beverages. There have been conflicting results in recent research, but some of it suggests that while alcohol consumption is not bad and may even lower the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, drinking might have more downsides than advantages. This is especially true since alcohol tends to interfere badly with most NSAIDs you might be prescribed for lowering inflammation and pain – leading to greater risk of side effects like ulcers and stomach bleeding.
- Fried foods. It’s worth noting that fried foods aren’t an arthritis pain trigger for everyone – not everyone’s constitution reacts to the oiliness or content of fried food the same way. If you’re not sure whether or not it affects you, pay close attention and record your body’s responses to the current fried food content of your diet in order to get a handle on whether or not it causes problems for you (and if so, how bad). Note, as well, that a lot of fried food tends to also be salty – and that much is pretty clearly going to contribute to your arthritis pain. To be on the safe side, avoid trans fats in general – and not just for arthritis concerns. Trans fats don’t just raise LDL (bad cholesterol), but they also lower HDL (good cholesterol), making them bad news as a whole.
- Sugar and refined carbohydrates. As debate-tossed a topic as salt, sugar tends to have its champions and detractors. However, when it comes to arthritis, the consensus tends to be quite a bit stronger – as bad as a high amount of refined sugar is in general, it is also a significant contributor to arthritis pain. Being hygroscopic, sugar tends to attract water and moisture, and so a big intake of its refined form isn’t ideal. Raw, simple sugars aren’t as big a problem for you, but you’re not likely to find these in processed foods, so stay away from those.
- Omega-6 rich foods. It’s important to note right off the bat that omega-6 fatty acids aren’t bad for you by nature. This is actually an EFA (essential fatty acid). However, too much of it can be bad for the body, and as such you might want to balance this out by including oily fish like mackerel, salmon and tuna, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet.
- White flour foods. The process of turning natural flour white strips it of a lot of nutrients, which manufacturers have to add back after the bleaching process is done. For that matter, bleached white flour counts as a refined carb, which itself will cause problems with moisture and inflammation. This of course applies as well to foods made from it, which will carry the problem forward.
- In general, it’s a good idea to cut back on processed foods as a whole where possible. The way these foods are made tends to involve a good deal of sugar and/or salt, and the typical preparation for many processed foods involves frying them in oil. This is not only the case for people suffering from arthritis, but also those recovering from injury, joint injuries in particular.
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