Friday, October 17, 2008

Diet for Arthritis

Proper diet and nutrition are key elements in the prevention of all types of disease, including arthritis. An important first step in treating arthritis lies in achieving normal body weight. Excess weight puts increased stress on weight-bearing joints affected with arthritis.

Eat a diet that is high in fiber and that is not tainted with chemicals, which stress the body. Maximize your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

Avoid saturated fats, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, rich fattv foods, fried foods, and refined sugar. These substances make the internal environment more acidic. Acid in the joints promotes inflammation, which worsens symptoms and increases pain.

Fatty meats, eggs, margarine, shortening, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sugars and dairy products should be dramatically cut down or eliminated from the diet. 

About one-third of those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are sensitive to solanines, or nightshade plants, which include potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and tobacco. These should be eliminated from the diet.

Drink at least six to eight glasses of pure water daily. This will help to flush out toxins from your body. 

Foods to Eat: 

Green Vegetables such as Parsley, Celery, Okra/ Ladies finger; Carrots, Avocados, Soy Products, Whole Grains- Brown Rice, Millet, Oats, Wheat etc.

Foods to Avoid: 

Calcium Inhibitors: Reduce or Eliminate Red Meat, Dairy, Eggs, Chicken, Alcohol, Coffee, Refined Sugar and Sweets, Excess Salt

Foods high in Oxalic Acid: Rhurb, Cranberries, Plums, Spinach

Nightshade Family of Foods: Tomatoes, Eggplant/ Brijal, Potatoes, Peppers, Tobacco

Foods which create Wind and Dampness: Dairy, Animal Fat, Oil-rich Seeds, Nut Butters

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