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June 13, 2013

Guest Post: Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Arthritis Suffers


Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Arthritis Suffers

There has been proof of symptom relief for a number of rheumatism and arthritis sufferers that follow an anti-inflammatory diet. The disease’s progress may also be reversed by following an anti-inflammatory diet. 
 
Joints become increasingly painful and stiff when you get a life sentence of misery from arthritis and rheumatism. The joints in the knee and hip wear out making walking slower, hands become deformed and crippled.

There are a number of people that end up with artificial joints and taking pain medication permanently. Is that the route that you want to take? Are you willing to test out an anti-inflammatory diet to see how it can benefit you?

It is up to you to make the changes to your diet. Can you let old eating habits go and let go of the pain? Are you willing to pick healthy food over swollen and stiff joints?

There are acidic toxins clogging up your body when you have arthritis. The joints are mainly where the accumulation occurs but other parts of the body can be affected as well. You will want to eat foods that are rich in alkalizing minerals and natural vitamins while avoiding toxic and acidifying foods to reverse the effects.

A diet free from gluten can aid in relief as well. Gluten acts like a poison putting toxins into the body for those that cannot tolerate it. Gluten intolerance is being increasingly common.

Foods to Avoid on an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Include:
  • There is a great deal of acidity in red meat so it should only be eaten in small amounts. It can be high in hormones and chemicals as well as being tough to digest.
  • Dairy products from any species
  • Refined sugars and carbohydrates are very acidic.
  • High temperatures damage fried foods and the oil used to cook them turning them into toxins.
  • There are a number of people that find citrus fruits cause symptoms of arthritis to worsen. The chemicals used on them could be the cause.
  • Caffeine, which is found in alcohol, coffee and tea should be avoided. Toxins are found in alcohol and caffeine that have to be dealt with by the liver reducing its ability to deal with other toxins. They are also diuretics that can result in water loss, which is essential for the cushioning and lubrication of the joints.
Foods You Should Eat on an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Include:
  • Most vegetables (except nightshades, which include potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers), celery, carrots and green leafy vegetables.
  • Yeast overgrowth, which is a common factor of rheumatic conditions, can be reduced by onions and garlic. A powerful anti-fungal is cinnamon.
  • Vitamin D, required for calcium absorption, is found in cod liver oil. It is considered a natural medication for arthritis.
  • Two grains that alkalizing instead of acidifying are millet and quinoa.
You should begin to feel improvement in a few days by following a strict anti-inflammatory diet.

You will be able to relax your diet a bit after a couple of weeks, but cannot go back to the old diet entirely. Each day you should include foods from the beneficial list.
The more you stick to the anti-inflammatory diet the better you will feel and will notice a difference when you come off of it. Learn more about natural foods, good health and using food as medicine.

Tammy Mahan is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about medical and health related topics for Healthline.com
 
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest blogger. There was no compensation received by Foodie in WV for publishing this article.

20 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to have my mother read this. I know its going to be hard for her to cut out the red meat and dairy but maybe after reading this she might feel differently. Thank you.

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    1. Cutting out dairy is hard. I had a dairy intolerance growing up and my mom dad to modify everything :) Luckily I outgrew it though.

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  2. Great information. Thanks for sharing. As Mom always say, "eat your vegetables"! We know they're good for us. ;)

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    1. Our moms were definitely right, veggies are great for us :)

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  3. Great info! My mother has arthritis, so I will have to pass this on to her.

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    1. My mom had really bad arthritis too. Hopefully the info will help!

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  4. Thanks for this article. My husband has a family history. Looks like his diet is pretty good except for the caffeine.

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    1. The caffeine would be the hardest to give up, at least for me :)

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  5. I've been told that due to my scoliosis, I am more likely to get an early onset of arthritis. I try to lead an active live to help combat that, but still I think the coffee would be hard to give up. I so look forward to those two cups every morning.

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    1. I agree that the coffee would be hard to give up, that would be the hardest part for me!

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  6. P.S. Now follower from that friday blog hop, I'd love for you to stop by and check my blog out. Have a great weekend!


    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

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    1. Going over to check out your blog. Come back again soon :)

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  7. My daughter was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 20 years old and has had to change her life style and diet~ She said the hardest thing for her to give up was caffeine~ I think that would be the hardest thing for me to give up as well:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. My cousin has rheumatoid too. She has had a lot of problems over the years. I agree about having to give up caffeine, that would be hard for me too :)

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  8. This is terrific information! I'm going to print and give to my parents. Thanks for posting.

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    1. No problem :) There are so many people that struggle with arthritis now. It's nice to have a list of foods to avoid.

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  9. My husband is gluten free and it has been such a blessing! He also avoids animal products. It totally got rid of his asthma when he gave gluten and dairy up!!

    New subscriber, found you through the link up :)

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    1. I have to eat gluten free thanks to celiacs running in my family :) I still eat dairy though, not much but I like to cook with cheese and milk. I drink almond milk though.

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  10. Thanks for this wonderful guest post. I will be sending this out to all the people to my the people to my classes.

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    1. It's always nice to know what foods to avoid!

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