“Arthritis” is a general term encompassing conditions that share joint pain and inflammation. Research suggests including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and limiting foods that may trigger joint pain will assist to manage or reduce your pain.

Here are the rigger foods you should avoid:

1. Fried and processed foods
What you can do: Cut down on the amount of fried and processed foods you eat, such as fried meats and prepared frozen meals. Include more vegetables and fruits in your diet.

2. Lower your AGEs
An advanced glycation end product (AGE) is a toxin that appears when foods are heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurized.
What you can do: Research has shown that reducing the amount of food cooked at high temperatures in your diet could potentially help reduce blood AGE levels.

3. Sugars and refined carbs
What you can do: Cut out candies, processed foods, white flour baked goods, and sodas to reduce your arthritis pain.

4. Dairy products
Dairy products may contribute to arthritis pain due to the type of protein they contain. For some people, this protein may irritate the tissue around their joints.
What you can do: Instead of getting protein from meat and dairy, try getting most of your protein from vegetables like spinach, nut butters, tofu, beans, lentils, and quinoa.

5. Alcohol and tobacco
What you can do: Healthy joints require a balanced diet, physical activity, and an adequate amount of rest — all of which can be compromised by alcohol and tobacco use.

6. Salt and preservatives
Many foods contain excessive salt and other preservatives to promote longer shelf lives.
What you can do:Read labels to avoid preservatives and additives. Less salt may help you manage your arthritis, which includes avoiding prepared meals. Though they’re convenient, prepared meals are often very high in sodium.

7. Corn oil
Many baked goods and snacks contain corn or other oils high in omega-6 fatty acids, which may trigger inflammation.
What you can do: Replace foods containing omega-6 fatty acids with healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 alternatives such as olive oil, nuts, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

For more advice on how to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce joint pain contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452.

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