Arthritis, and the inflammation that comes with it, is a painful condition that can become severe enough to affect a person’s quality of life. There are several different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic – each presenting with painful and sometimes debilitating joint inflammation.
The root cause of each form of arthritis is different, but the inflammation component is present in each. Medication is often prescribed to help ease inflammation, keep symptoms at bay, and prevent further deterioration of the joints.
In addition to medication, there are lifestyle adjustments that can be made that may help relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Diet is one of these lifestyle adjustments, and the foods you eat can affect the severity of your symptoms. These five foods may be triggering joint pain and making your arthritis worse.
Processed foods might be convenient but they’re terrible for inflammation. The ingredients used to preserve processed foods, along with the trans fats that many processed foods are loaded with are known inflammation triggers.
Foods that contain refined sugars are bad for people with arthritis because they trigger the release of inflammation causing proteins called cytokines. Refined sugars can be found in many processed foods, but you’ll find them most commonly in items such as candies, ice cream, and baked goods. Make sure you read labels and check for ingredients to avoid like fructose, sucrose, corn syrup and maltose.
When you have arthritis, it’s more important than ever stick to lean, healthy sources of protein, which means limiting or avoiding red meats. Red meat is high in saturated fats that contribute to inflammation. In addition to this, read meat that is cooked at higher temperatures contains high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that further stimulate the body’s inflammatory response.
High Fat Dairy
Not every individual with arthritis will need to cut out dairy products but after a period of elimination, many people are surprised to discover that they have a dairy sensitivity they were previously unaware of. Dairy products have been known to promote inflammation in some people, and if you’re one of them it’s best to avoid dairy altogether. Even if you don’t have a dairy sensitivity, it’s best to avoid high fat dairy and choose lower fat options instead.
Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG)
Mono-sodium glutamate has been shown to increase inflammation, especially in sensitive individuals. Most people are aware that their Chinese take-out contains MSG, but it’s also found in many processed and prepackaged foods. Read labels and steer clear of this inflammation producing ingredient.
Living a Life Free of Arthritis Pain
There is more than one way to manage your symptoms of arthritis, and diet can play a major role in the progression of your symptoms. At Lexington Square, we take your dietary needs into consideration and offer dining options that support your health and wellbeing. If you’d like to know more about our independent and assisted living options, we’re here to answer your questions. Remember that while diet is important for managing your health, you should always check with your physician regarding your personal dietary needs and requirements.