Arthritis affects millions of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 in the country. If left unchecked, the symptoms of this chronic condition can also severely result in joint and mobility problems. However, with early diagnosis the condition can be better managed in the long run as there is no cure. Diet as well as lifestyle modifications help reduce the risk of complications. Here are a few changes to get you started:
- Processed Treats
Unfortunately, most of the processed and ready to eat foods that we all love are major triggers of bone and joint problems linked to arthritis. Simply because these foods have no or minimum nutritional value, are loaded with calories, cooked with unhealthy fats. On top of everything, these foods are also rich in preservatives, food coloring, and other additives that trigger inflammation pain and complications. The main culprits include processed fats, saturated fats, sugar, and salt, all that actually gives fast food its signature taste.
- Unhealthy Fats
The body needs a healthy source of fats that promote activities essential for better hormone production and digestion. However, unhealthy fats can trigger an imbalance in natural cholesterol levels that affect the inflammation associated with arthritis. These foods include baked and confectionery items made with margarine that is rich in trans fats. Hard as it may be, it is necessary to avoid sweets, cookies, pastries, and rich crusted pies for better arthritis pain management. Pizza lovers should also avoid having regular orders for it is one of the richest sources of saturated fats.
- Cooked Red Meats
Red meats are one of the major foods to avoid for better arthritis relief. The high cooking temperatures used to fry, broil, bake, sear or roast on the barbeque can trigger the release of certain harmful compounds when the fat mixes sugar in the bloodstream. The release of advanced glycation end products, i.e., AGEs, can be toxic in large quantities and inadvertently trigger arthritis related problems. It is better to opt for leaner cuts of meats like chicken or turkey and slow cook these meats using a braising base for regular consumption. You can also switch to fatty fish that is steamed instead of fried or baked.
- Full fat dairy
Dairy is fine for moderate consumption. But for arthritis pain management, it is better to steer clear of full fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and other kinds of processed dairy products. Full fats can trigger irritation and inflammation due to increased sensitivity to intolerance to the lactose found in most dairy products. Even some of the proteins found in full fat dairy can trigger flare ups in rheumatoid arthritis.
Most foods and beverages consumed have a direct impact on inflammation linked to different types of arthritis. Regular alcohol consumption will increase the risk of flare ups significantly. It also reduces the effect of medications taken for joint pain.