If you suspect you are suffering from arthritis, prompt diagnosis will help you to address the condition appropriately. Firstly a differential diagnosis is required to determine the exact type of Arthritis. Arthritis is a multifactorial complication and needs to be addressed from different aspects. These are diet, lifestyle, liver function, neurotransmitters, inflammatory mediators and medications. Positive results to pain management can improve the outcomes of this chronically degenerative disease when all aspects are considered.
Diet tips to reduce inflammation
- Eat a diet rich in deep sea fish, green leafy vegetables, yellow vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, cold pressed oils and drink plenty of filtered water
- Avoid refined, devitalised, and processed foods or those containing an excess of sugar, caffeine, saturated fats and alcohol
- Avoid nightshade foods such as chilli, potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant as these are often associated with an aggravation of arthritic symptoms
- Eat more sulphur-containing foods such as asparagus, eggs, garlic and onions as these foods can help provide the body with this essential nutrient for improving the integrity of the joint capsules
- Consume an alkaline diet which concentrates on clean foods, this includes plenty of greens, water, deep sea fish, sprouts, brown rice, vegetables and vegetable juices
- Make a fresh diluted (water or coconut water) vegetable juice to support liver function, reduce inflammation, provide beneficial nutrients and cleanse the kidneys of inflammatory wastes
- Avoid trigger foods such as coffee, spices, alcohol and caffeine beverages which exacerbate symptoms
- Foods to avoid include red meats such as lamb, veal and pork. The ingestion of deep sea/cold water fish and game meats is advisable for meat eaters. In general, vegetarians have a lower incidence of arthritis than meat eaters do. Dairy foods such as margarine (use 2/3 butter blended with 1/3 cold pressed linseed oil or safflower oil), milk (use soy beverage), ice-cream, cheese and processed foods containing dairy products or their derivatives (eg. milk powder, milk solids, etc – always read labels well). There are now many dairy alternatives available. White flour products (in breads, pasta, pastries, etc), sweets, jams, cordials, sugar, etc. Artificial flavour enhancers including MSG (621) and others, artificial stock cubes, cheese flavours, etc. Condiments including turmeric and ginger are recommended
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