Six common foods that you can reduce so that you aren’t accidentally increasing your pain with certain elements of your diet.
Many health disorders in the United States are caused by excessive inflammation. Changing the way that we eat so that what we consume is anti-inflammatory can help counteract the joint pain associated with arthritis. Below are six common foods that you can reduce so that you aren’t accidentally increasing your pain with certain elements of your diet.
The Arthritis Diet – What Not to Eat
- A study conducted at New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine looked at ways that diseases relate to food. The study revealed that immunity increases and inflammation decreases when less of a diet is made up of foods that are processed and fried. Both of those tendencies bode well for osteoarthritis patients.
- Foods releasing AGEs – Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are toxic compounds that arise with grilling, frying, pasteurization, and other forms of heating. These compounds can be destructive, so the
immune system uses cytokines to attack them. Cytokines are inflammatory, which naturally leads to greater joint pain.
- Refined carbohydrates and sugar – AGEs unfortunately aren’t just generated by excessive heat. They are also formed when an abundance of sugar is consumed, in whatever form – table sugar, corn syrup, or carbs that don’t use whole grains.
- Dairy – Sometimes individuals who experience arthritis switch to a vegan diet – no meat, eggs, or milk – and find that the pain is substantially reduced. The reason reducing consumption of animal-based proteins is successful is that they are inflammatory. Specifically, the protein in dairy is detrimental to fibers surrounding joints, promoting arthritis.
- Drinking and smoking – As we all know, alcohol and tobacco are not cornerstones of health. We typically think of alcohol targeting the liver and tobacco targeting the lungs. However, both of these substances are detrimental to the joints as well, leading to osteoarthritis. Quitting smoking makes rheumatoid arthritis less likely, whereas drinking cessation prohibits gout.
- Preservatives and sodium – Part of the problem with processed foods is that they tend to contain huge amounts of chemical preservatives and salt. Both of these can lead to inflammation. As you craft your arthritis diet, get in the habit of reading ingredients when buying groceries to minimize sodium and other preservatives.
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