When a person has arthritis, their body is in an inflammatory state. Anything that is not suitable for them to eat can increase the inflammation and can also increase their risk of chronic diseases like obesity, heart diseases etc.
Arthritis is a very complex disease with 100 forms and other related diseases. It causes severe pain, stiffness, loss of motion and can make even the simplest of daily chores challenging.
The article is written to help people fighting this disease and for people who want to prevent themselves from this disease. It includes foods that causes inflammation and aggravates arthritis, also avoiding these foods will be beneficial in preventing the disease altogether.
1. Gluten and Wheat
Gluten and Wheat can cause leaky gut, which allows the toxins from the intestines to enter the bloodstream. The toxins then cause inflammation in the body. People with intolerance to gluten and wheat are especially at higher risk.
2. Dairy Products
Dairy products contain casein. A protein can cause irritation in the tissue around the joints of our body. The irritation will lead to the inflammation of the joints.
3. Seed Oil
All kinds of seed oils should be avoided such as rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil etc. These oils contain Omega-6 fatty acids that can cause inflammation. Baked and fried goods are high in Omaga-6 dosage.
4. Processed Foods
A popular study regarding fried and processed foods claims that reduction of these foods can significantly reduce the inflammation of joints. It may also restore the ability of the body to fight against diseases.
5. Sodium and Preservatives
Packaged foods especially are loaded with salt and preservatives. Salt is added to enhance the flavor of the foods whereas preservatives prolong the shelf lives of the products. Both of these ingredients are high inflammatory foods.
Advanced Glycation End product is a toxic byproduct from fried, grilled or pasteurized foods.
When certain proteins in the body are attacked by the consumption of AGE foods, the body’s immune system react by producing Cytokines that fight against further damage produced by AGE foods. However, these Cytokines are inflammatory messengers that cause inflammation of joints while fighting AGEs.
7. Some Vegetables
Vegetables like peppers, eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes contain solanine. Solanine is a compound that can aggravate arthritis.
8. Processed Sugars
Processed sugars release Cytokine molecules in the body. Cytokines stimulate inflammation and have adverse effect on the body. Any ingredient ending in “-ose” comes under the label of sugar such as fructose, glucose etc.
Refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice etc. are high GI foods. Foods that are high GI can produce byproducts such as AGEs which aggravates inflammation.
10. Alcohol & Tobacco
These aspects play a significant role in the development of arthritis. Some studies have shown that alcohol and smoking are a big risk factor.
Foods That May Help in Arthritis
Omega-3 rich fish
Omega-3 rich foods and oil