Arthritis is a catch-all term for conditions that cause joint pain and inflammation. There are several different types, including rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Treatment for all types involves reducing inflammation and managing pain. No one diet can totally eliminate the symptoms of arthritis, and different sufferers have different sensitivities that cause inflammation.
1. Saturated Fats
Foods that are high in saturated fats are likely to trigger adipose (fat tissue) inflammation. This condition is an indicator of heart disease and worsens arthritis inflammation as well. Major sources of saturated fats are red meat, full-fat dairy products, and fried and processed foods.
2. Sugars And Refined Carbohydrates
A high daily intake of sugar causes a spike in AGEs or advanced glycation end products. AGEs cause, you guessed it, inflammation. Further, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory “messengers” called cytokines. Avoiding excess sugar is tricky because it goes by many names – one strategy is to look for words on product labels that end in “ose,” such as fructose or sucrose.
3. Dairy Products
Beyond containing a lot of fat, dairy products contain a certain type of protein that might irritate the tissue that surrounds joints. It is worth it to pay attention to whether eliminating dairy makes you feel better, and if so, experiment with a vegan diet.
4. Tobacco And Alcohol
Not the best of habits for anyone, some research suggests that smokers are at a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown that smoking is harmful to your bones, joints, and connective tissue. Smoking also often makes treatment for arthritis less effective and can cause more complications should surgery become necessary. Alcohol drinkers are more likely to develop gout, a disease in which uric acid is not effectively metabolized. This can cause arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet.
Salt is another thing that can troublesome arthritis sufferers more than others, but you should consider whether excess consumption exacerbates your joint inflammation. Most packaged foods contain not only a lot of salt but troubling preservatives as well. Cooking food from its whole form at home is the only way to truly control the amount of salt that you consume.
6. Corn Oil/Omega-6s
Omega 6 fatty acids are actually needed by the body needs for normal growth and development. The trick is that it needs the right balance of omega-6s to omega-3s (as in fish oil). Too much omega-6 is associated with inflammatory chemicals that can bother arthritis. It is very easy to get too much omega-6 in your diet.
7. Artificial Additives
Food additives that are made in a laboratory may trigger chronic inflammation in certain people and are best avoided by those with arthritis. A prime example is MSG, a sneaky salt-based powder that is found in many Asian foods, including soy sauce. It may also be added to salad dressings, deli meat, soup mixes, or fast foods, all of which ought to be avoided for other reasons. The issue with MSG is most likely the sodium content.