Reducing Inflammation From Arthritis & Other Inflammatory Diseases
If you suffer from arthritis or inflammation from any other health issues you may be surprised to find that you could be causing more inflammation by eating the wrong foods. Diet plays a big part in your health and, especially in this case, can be a large part of worsening your symptoms.
Arthritis can be a very debilitating disease because of the joint pain it causes due to inflammation. However, it’s not just arthritis that causes inflammation; foods, medications, and other health issues can cause inflammation.
Foods That Cause Inflammation
- Unhealthy Oils – Vegetable oil can promote inflammation. Get into the habit of using “healthy oils” such as omega rich extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil.
- Dairy Milk – According to an article published in Women’s Health, cow milk can cause an increase in inflammation; however, the Arthritis Foundation claims that low-fat dairy products have some anti-inflammatory effects. Drink alternative milks such as almond milk, cashew milk, or rice milk with no added sugar and eat low fat yogurt & cheeses in moderation.
- MSG – Unfortunately MSG is in many processed foods, including salad dressings, canned soups, processed luncheon meats, and some Chinese food. Read labels and limit your intake of MSG or, better yet, remove it from your diet completely.
- Processed Sugar – Eating processed sugars, in any form (look for any ingredient that ends in “tose”), causes the body to release cytokines. Cytokines send signals to cells in the body telling the body to react in a certain way, including signaling inflammation to occur.
- Tropical Fruits – Tropical fruits, such as pineapples, papaya, mangoes, bananas and oranges, tend to have more fructose (sugar) in them. Limit these to eating once a week to help reduce inflammation.
Foods, Supplements & Spices that Help Reduce Inflammation
- Healthy Oils – According to the Arthritis Foundation, a recent study in Australia has shown that fish oil (an excellent source for omega fatty acids) can actually put Rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammation into remission. Most people choose to use both supplements and add walnut oil, virgin coconut oil, avocados, and olive oil to their regular diet.
- Turmeric/Curcumin – You can take an all natural supplement daily or try some of these recipes that use the spice turmeric.
- Red and Purple Fruits – Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries all contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
- Cruciferous Vegetables – Broccoli, kale, bok-choy, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress, Brussels sprouts, and many other cruciferous vegetables contain sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been known to help with inflammation, in particular with osteoarthritis, not to mention the anti-cancer benefits.
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Women’s Health Magazine – 6 Foods That Cause Inflammation, by Rodale News, November 21, 2014
Prevention Magazine – 5 Foods That Can Lead to Inflammation, by Paige Flower, September 22, 2015
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