Arthritis Trigger Foods: 8 Foods to Avoid with Arthritis
An old saying that dates back many years makes the claim that “you are what you eat.” Modern medical research is making new discoveries on a regular basis that seem to support that old saying. What we eat can have a dramatic impact on our health – both good and bad. For people suffering with arthritis, it’s certainly worth knowing about foods that may have a tendency to aggravate their condition. The following eight foods are probably best avoided by those with arthritis.
Fried and processed food
Eliminating foods that meet this criteria is probably not going to be welcomed by many arthritis sufferers. Like most things in life, deciding on whether to keep eating these foods or giving them up with the hopes of easing arthritis symptoms is a choice each individual will have to make.
Consider your age
In this case, the issue is not how old you are, it’s how much of a toxin known as advanced glycation end product (AGE) you are consuming. AGE is a byproduct that’s created when foods are heated to high temperatures. Cutting back on the BBQ is an option that might help lower your AGE intake
Sugar and refined carbs
Sweet-tasting sugar is not the harmless treat that we may have once believed. In addition to the other detrimental effects at has on health, sugar can elevate your AGE levels as well. This can result in inflammation which will aggravate conditions such as arthritis. Cutting down on sugar may help with your arthritis, and will almost certainly provide other benefits to your overall health.
Dairy products are such a major part of so many diets that the thought of eliminating or reducing your consumption might seem impossible. Dairy products contain protein that may irritate the tissue that surrounds joints, worsening arthritis pain. Those worried about not getting enough protein in their diet if they cut down on dairy have numerous other options such as nuts, legumes, and spinach.
People with high blood pressure are probably very aware that salt is something they need to cut down on. People with arthritis also may benefit by reducing their salt intake since salt is believed to cause inflammation of the joints in some people. If you are someone who happens to have both arthritis and hypertension, cutting down on salt may help reduce your pain and help you live longer
Here’s another one of those “stealth” ingredients that is finding its way into more and more food products these days. These oils often contain Omega-6 fatty acids which may trigger inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, may help reduce joint pain for arthritis sufferers. Fish oil is an excellent source of Omega-3.
Although not technically “food,” alcohol consumption is a potential trouble maker for people with arthritis. It can also contribute to the development of gout, which is a painful condition that results from the build up up of excess uric acid in the blood.
The additive we know best as MSG is a flavor-enhancing ingredient called monosodium glutamate. MSG is found is many foods. and animal research has determined that it may cause inflammation which will probably worsen arthritis symptoms.