Arthritis and Diet

September 3rd, 2012
Arthritis and Diet

It is important to eat a healthy diet. The food that we eat can affect our overall health. Evidence shows that there is a connection between food and different forms of arthritis.

People suffering from arthritis should avoid food high in proteins and purines. This means avoiding coffee, chocolate, fried foods, red meats, additives and preservatives. Many cases have been documented where a change in diet has improved the condition of those suffering from arthritis.

Foods that may relieve arthritis are fruits rich in Vitamin C like mango, peaches, apples, papaya, kiwi fruit and strawberries. Vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C is also a good part of the recommended diet of arthritis sufferers.

Other foods are fish which are rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3, unsalted nuts and seeds and anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, turmeric and garlic.

Eating a healthy diet and maintaining an ideal weight can positively impact our overall wellbeing and help prevent arthritis. A healthy diet will ensure that you have the essential nutrients to function while at the same time, help reduce the symptoms of arthritis by decreasing the stress on your joints through weight loss.

Excess weight is a common problem for those suffering from arthritis. Some drugs like steroids can cause weight gain. Anti-inflammatory medication can cause stomach problems which leads to difficulty in making food choices. Because of arthritis, some may find exercising and preparing a healthy diet much harder so it results to weight gain.

Maintaining a healthy weight is the most effective way to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. A weight loss can decrease strain on the back, hips, knees and feet if you are overweight.

Daily activities can become painful and difficult if you have arthritis. Eating a healthy diet does not need to take more effort or cost more. In fact, processed foods are actually more expensive than fresh food. Careful planning will mean that you need spend hours preparing fresh food.

The first step in having a healthy diet to help reduce the pain caused by arthritis is to buying the right ingredients. Take note that the method of cooking will affect the nutritional value of the food you prepare. Eating regularly with the right portion sized will also ensure a balanced diet.

A healthy diet has many advantages for people with arthritis. Aside from an over-all health and well-being, eating a balanced diet leads to the reductions of the symptoms of arthritis. Eating healthily is just a matter of perceiving food in a new way.

It is equally important not to be too stressed out about adhering to your arthritis diet. An occasional indulgence can be enjoyed .