Arthritis is a very unpleasant disease to suffer from, but fortunately a healthy diet can diminish or even prevent it. We are by no means suggesting that a simple diet can cure arthritis, because it most certainly can’t, but neither can a medicinal treatment for that matter.
There is no known cure for this illness, just a few ways to make it less uncomfortable. This article will not deal with pharmaceutical treatment methods, but with tips for a healthy diet that will help those suffering from arthritis make their living with this disease easier.
The treatment of arthritis takes place over a long period of time. Sadly, there is no cure or wonder diet that will save us from this disease. But there are certain dietary directions that can help us in the fight against arthritis. In order to provide relief from unpleasant symptoms, it is recommended that we include in our diet the following foods:
- Fish such as tuna, salmon sardines and cod liver oil supplements.
- Foods that contain vitamin C such as kiwi, peaches, oranges, peppers and many other fruit and vegetables.
- Foods that contain vitamin E such unsalted peanuts, almonds and other types of nuts.
- Turmeric and ginger, which are high effective anti-inflammatory agents that can be added to curry, soups or steak.
- Foods that contain vitamin D such as cereal and vitamin supplements. Vitamin D can also be obtained by responsible exposure to sunlight.
- Vitamin B3 supplements, in order to diminish pain and rigidity of the diseased joints.
Some studies have shown that a vegetarian diet is very effective in the treatment of arthritis. The consumption of as many fruit and vegetables as possible is very beneficial in this case because they contain fibers that help the treatment of this illness.
What foods should we avoid when living with arthritis?
Given the fact that this condition is influenced by our diet, there are, naturally, certain foods that can worsen it as well. For example, some vegetables, such as potatoes and eggplants, are not recommended in the process of treating arthritis. Foods that contain a high level of saturated fats should also be avoided, such as fatty meat and fried foods. Therefore, any fast food product should be immediately removed from our diets when trying to improve your arthritis conditions. Dairy products are also a big no-no in this case.
The only way to find out whether certain foods are beneficial for you when treating arthritis is to closely monitor your diet constantly. You can do this by keeping a journal of what you eat on a daily basis and also detail upon the symptoms you are experiencing. If you start to notice certain typical symptoms such as increased joint pain the day after you eat a certain food, you will be able to isolate the cause. Try to eliminate that food from your diet for a week and see if you experience the same symptoms. You will have to repeat this process a couple of time in order to effectively clean out your diet, but in the end it will be worth it.