Friday, August 25, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

There are many foods that cause arthritis pain mostly processed foods and those high in sugar.

Here are some suggestions I've found on various web sites to control pain associated with inflamed joints.

Cut down on fried and processed foods and prepared frozen meals
Don’t cook meat at high temperatures
Reduce sugar intake: Cut out candy, processed foods, white flour baked goods and soda
Reduce/cut out dairy (the type of protein they contain can irritate joints)
Reduce/cut out alcohol (can lead to gout)
Avoid preservatives and additives
Reduce salt intake
Replace omega-6 (corn oil) fatty acids with omega-3
Reduce red meat consumption and opt for grass fed meat

Protein: Spinach, nut butters (not peanut), tofu, beans, lentils and quinoa
Omega 3: Olive oil, nuts, flax seeds, pumpkins seeds
Salmon, snapper, tuna, cod, halibut bass
Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts
Get antioxidants from fruit: Apples, blueberries, cherries, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries
Add spices: Chili pepper, cumin, turmeric (turmeric tea reduces inflammation)
Chocolate with 70 percent pure cocoa
Green tea
Tart cherry juice
Vegetables: Spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage (colorful vegetables have the most antioxidants)
Whole grains

For more information go to the Arthritis Foundation site

Note: Great Lakes Gelatin purports to repair collagen loss and cartilage damage and I've been using that for a while along with reducing sugar and processed food and trying to stick to suggestions on the site

Always check with your doctor before making diet or exercise changes - some foods may affect medications you are taking.

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Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.