7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Arthritis

Arthritis can give you pain and swelling in the joints, and food can actually make it worse. Here are 7 foods to avoid if you have arthritis.

Arthritis is a word used to describe disorders that affect our joints and cause pain, swelling, stuffiness, and decreased ability to move. It’s caused by overuse or simply by degeneration of the joints. There is, however, more than one type of arthritis.

The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. All of them cause extreme pain which is sometimes described as life-changing. The pain can be managed by watching what you eat.

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7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Arthritis

There’s not an actual diet for people with arthritis, but today, we’re going to learn about seven foods you should avoid if you suffer from this disorder:

Salt
The medicine that is prescribed for arthritis causes our bodies to retain more sodium, which will in turn affect how our joints swell. As we eat salt, our bloodstream will absorb more water than it would normally, causing our joints to become inflamed. Any canned, frozen, or ready-made meals will have this effect on our bodies.

Dairy
No matter how good it is for our bones, it can still have negative affects on arthritis sufferers. The protein can cause your tissue to become irritated, so it’s better to turn to plants for your protein.

Sugar
The sugar found in processed foods creates unbalanced insulin levels in our bodies, triggering our immune system which responds by causing swelling. Be careful because processed sugars can have several different names.

Nightshades
Some people have noticed how their knuckles throb every time they eat eggplants, tomatoes or peppers. This happens because nightshades eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and even things like cayenne, paprika, and tobacco contain alkaloids which can promote inflammation in certain individuals.

Carbs
Any white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, and certain cereals are refined carbohydrates. They stimulate inflammation in our bodies and consequently worsen arthritis.

Gluten
Gluten triggers our immune system, damaging our small intestines and causing joint pain. So, you might find relief by adopting a gluten-free diet.

Oil
Oil and fried or processed foods contain toxins called advanced glycation end products. They increase the oxidation and inflammation in our bodies. Steer clear of any foods containing high doses of omega-6 fatty acids.

Resources and References: healthline and eatthis

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