Arthritis: 10 Foods To Eat More Of And 5 To Avoid Like The Plague

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Five Foods You Should Avoid if You Have Arthritis


1. Sugar

Sugars increase blood sugar levels, increase blood pressure, and do nothing for the body except give you empty calories. Sugar, especially refined sugar such as high fructose corn syrup, has been shown to have a dramatic impact on inflammation as well as your overall health.


2. Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks

Coffee is big business in the U.S. More than 150 million people say that they drink more than three cups of coffee each day. Although it’s true that coffee has health benefits, for those with arthritis, coffee should be a big no-no. The same goes for other caffeinated drinks such as sodas. (Green tea is ok!) To avoid flare-ups, avoid caffeine.


3. Salt

Americans consume far too much salt, which increases blood pressure and is a risk factor for many other diseases. Skip the salt shaker and add herbs for more flavor.


4. Dairy and Red Meat

There is nothing wrong with dairy and red meat per se, but studies have shown that excessive consumption of either is strongly linked to an inflammatory reaction in the body, especially with processed dairy. Limit these two food items to prevent flare-ups. If you love dairy, try almond or rice milk as an anti-inflammatory alternative.


5. Saturated and Trans-Fats

These types of super unhealthy fats are most commonly found in processed foods and cooking oils. Eating a more natural diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats such as avocados and coconut oil can go a long way towards reducing inflammation in the body.

It’s important for anyone with arthritis to take a good hard look at their diet and realize that certain dietary components can either prevent a flare-up or trigger inflammation and pain. The choice is entirely yours.


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One Comment

  1. Marvin Zinn

    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This description defines why my arthritis has been barely noticeable for 30 years. I eat just what is described, and do not eat junk. (I often tell people, “The most dangerous addictive drug in the world is SUGAR.”