Nutrition Offers Pain Relief from Arthritis
What one eats affects the entire body. Foods contain so much more than vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and protein. Chemicals within certain foods can increase inflammation or reduce inflammation.
Vegetables in the nightshade family may increase inflammation, and thus the pain of arthritis. These vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and others. Avoid these vegetables if you have arthritis.
Recent reports from England indicate that eating red meat several times a week can contribute to or worsen arthritis. Arthritis sufferers may wish to reduce or avoid red meat consumption.
Holistic Approach Includes Arthritis Diet
Although the list of foods to avoid for arthritis sufferers seems long, the list of delicious, healthy, and life-giving foods is even longer. A few simple choices each day can reduce pain and swelling and improve the quality of life for arthritis and gout sufferers.
Protein and Oil Sources
Fish provides excellent, good-fat, protein. Fish is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids. The ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids is much discussed today in nutrition literature. Most people eating a Western diet have a large quantity of omega-6, but few or no omega-3 fatty acids.
This is opposite to what nature intended for the human body. Increasing fish consumption or supplementing with flax seeds provides additional sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This substance reduces inflammation.
Every single study points to the health benefits of eating more vegetables. From among the vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, collards, and kale. Although many people avoid these foods, they’re delicious, especially when prepared properly. Enjoy a fresh spinach salad for lunch, then slowly simmer a pot of white beans and kale for dinner. Other great vegetable choices include broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, radishes and others.
Reduce or Eliminate Carbohydrates
Pervasive in modern society, infused into nearly every packaged food, sugar in all its forms is an addictive food that provides no nutrients and only energy calories. Sugar reduces the ability of T-cells to fight infection and alters your immune system function. Anyone with autoimmune disorders is urged to avoid white sugar.
- Bread, Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, etc.
Carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice, etc. converts to glucose in the body, which can lead to inflammation. Also, for every single carbohydrate molecule, the body requires 2 water molecules. Thus, consuming carbohydrates and not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and serious long term health complications. Try to eliminate carbohydrates and sugars form your diet.
For an easy and healthy diet to counteract arthritis, gout and related acidic health problems, follow the Manna Diet. We also recommend that you take the Manna pH Balance supplement which can help to excrete excess uric acid from the body for effective relief of arthritis and gout related pain.