There are certain foods and food groups which cause inflammatory processes in our organism and thereby they are triggers for arthritis. These foods should be avoided as much as possible in order to avoid pain, swelling of the joints and numerous other arthritis symptoms.
Milk and dairy products
Though milk and dairy products are rich in calcium, there is still the fact that milk is also a strong allergen because there are many people today who are lactose intolerant. The majority of these people aren’t even aware of this fact, but consumption of dairy products causes an unwanted reaction in their organism. Besides lactose, milk also contains casein, the protein which often causes irritation of connective tissue. The proteins that body needs can be provided by eating other foods like green leafy vegetables, eggs, lentils (…) In order to obtain sufficient quantities of calcium and magnesium, you should take dietary supplements that contain calcium and magnesium.
Refined sugars intake causes excretion of proteins called cytokines. Cytokines cause inflammation in our body and they have often been associated with cancer cells growth. Instead of refined sugars, you can use natural sweeteners like stevia, maple syrup or honey.
Refined grains, gluten, refined carbohydrates
Not only that foods like white bread, pasta and pastries cause an increase in blood glucose level which is tightly associated with inflammation, they also contain gluten. It is a known fact that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and many studies have stated a strong bond between autoimmune conditions and celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Instead of refined grains, you should eat whole grains that don’t contain gluten like oat or brown rice. They will not initiate inflammation and they are rich in minerals and vitamins.
Corn, soy and sunflower oil and fried food
- Corn, soy and sunflower oils are healthy when consumed in moderation because they contain omega 6 fatty acids.
- Frequent consumption of these oils causes inflammations.
- Flax and olive oil are a better choice because they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and don’t cause inflammation.
- Fried food when eaten frequently causes “bad cholesterol” levels to rise which is associated with inflammations.
Red meat and charcuterie
Red meat is a well-known cause of inflammation. Besides being associated with joint pain, its frequent consumption is often associated with the development of some types of cancer. It would be best for arthritis patients not to eat red meat at all. Charcuterie contains all kinds of additives and substances like nitrites which have been proven to cause inflammatory reactions. Replace the foods that feed your arthritis with those that slow it down and the results won’t fail you.