Nutrition Role in Arthritis Management

Do you know the role that nutrition plays in management of arthritis pain and symptoms? This is something the research has looked at for nearly 80 years. Despite information out there pointing to the link between diet and arthritis, there has not really been a specific correlation that is agreed upon within the medical and research communities regarding nutrition in management of arthritis. However, as an arthritis sufferer, you know better.

What we know for sure is that consuming a diet that allows you to maintain your weight is important. Each pound of weight we gain adds more stress on the joints so weight management is important to our pain management. Further, a healthy diet means balance and we know that whatever goes in must come out. You cannot expect to put bad quality foods in your body and expect to get high quality back.

To ease arthritis symptoms, avoid foods that form acid in the body. Foods such as bread, coffee, corn, honey, oatmeal, peanuts, rice, soy, pasta and wheat are all culprits. If you dealing with a flare-up, it is a good idea to stay away from saturated fats.

Foods that are high anti-oxidants are brightly colored fruits and vegetables that will offer you substantial protection against arthritis. If you eat more yellow and orange fruits and veggies, you consume carotenoids which lower the changes of developing inflammatory arthritis. Some dietitians suggest avoiding nightshade foods if you struggle with arthritis symptoms. Some nightshade foods are peppers (red, green & yellow), potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants.

Some really good foods to add to your arthritis diet are alkaline forming ones such as most berries, bananas, fresh beans, beets, dates, figs, raisins, almonds, prunes, asparagus, avocado, cabbage, broccoli, celery, cherries, chestnuts, coconut milk, fresh sweet corn and cucumbers. If you focus on veggies rather than proteins, you will ease many other symptoms and help reduce weight.

It is also important to stay hydrated. Drink half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water. If you must drink alcohol, coffee or soda, drink an extra 16oz for every drink you consume in addition to the water you would normally drink.

There are other foods out there that help and some that hurt. Pineapple has bromelain in it which is an enzyme that reduces inflammation and lessens pain joints. Tart cherry juice can help to relieve arthritis and gout pain by reducing inflammation in the joints. You can also combine lemon juice with baking soda to help relieve arthritis pain. The mixture produces a pH of 7 which is almost perfectly balance. When you drink it, you affect your body’s pH producing alkaline-forming state. Waste materials like uric acid are therefore unable to form into crystals that cause gout.

Arthritis sufferers should avoid MSG, wheat and wheat gluten. MSG is used in many foods to add flavor and act as a preservative. Consuming it causes joint pain, stiffness, aching, swelling and redness. If you eliminate MSG from you diet, you can cut down on the frequency of arthritis flares so read your labels carefully. All forms of wheat and wheat gluten may contribute to joint pain, especially those made with highly processed white flour. Eliminating wheat and gluten from your diet can help with reducing arthritis pain and symptoms.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m in a gluten free diet, and it’s helping a lot. You’re absolutly right, we have to try to take a better diet when we suffer from this illness.

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