Diet & Osteoarthritis: 6 Foods to Avoid

top 6 foods to avoid with osteoarthritis

Diet & Osteoarthritis: 6 Foods to Avoid

Diet & osteoarthritis

 

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cushion of cartilage between your joints breaks down and wears away. It can cause severe joint pain and swelling. 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory condition. Its symptoms can be aggravated by eating foods that contribute to inflammation in the body. Avoiding certain foods could help you to avoid triggering OA flare-ups.

 

 

We’ll explore six foods to avoid when you have osteoarthritis.

1. Sugar

sugary foods osteoarthritis avoidSugar-rich carbohydrates, such as processed cakes, cookies, and bakery items, may actually change your body’s immune response to disease according to one study. This reaction can worsen inflammation and leave your strained joints feeling even weaker.

Natural substitutes such as pure maple syrup and honey may appease your sweet tooth without contributing to arthritis symptoms. 

 

 

2. Salt

salt osteoarthritis avoidEating too much salt (sodium) causes your cells to retain water. This means that they swell up.

Your body does need sodium to function. However, eating too much leads to an inflammatory reaction. This can contribute to joint damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans consume too much sodium daily. To cut back on sodium, try swapping out your salt for other spices, like lemon zest, or flavored peppers, like garlic pepper, to enhance your food.

 

3. Fried food

fried foods osteoarthritis avoidThe Arthritis Foundation points out that foods high in saturated fats, such as french fries and donuts, can increase inflammation in the body and make arthritis pain worse.

The chemical reaction in your body caused by the oils used to fry food can raise your cholesterol, too.

Stick with foods that are baked without any oil additives. When you need to use oil to cook with, opt for a small amount of olive or avocado oil instead.

 

4. White flour

white flour osteoarthritis avoidRefined wheat products, like white bread, stimulate your body’s inflammatory response. That’s why eating a lot of refined pastas, cereals, and grain products might make your arthritis pain flare up.

To avoid this, choose whole grains whenever possible. Avoid bread products that have been heavily processed. Gluten-containing whole grains and yeast additives may also impact arthritis pain.

 

 

5. Omega-6 fatty acids

white flour osteoarthritis avoidAccording to the Harvard Medical School, you should limit your intake of foods containing omega-6 fatty acids, such as egg yolks and red meat. Saturated fats may increase levels of inflammation in the body, making arthritis pain worse.

Eating foods rich in omega-3s, such as salmon, almonds, and beans, will give you the protein you need without worsening your OA symptoms.

 

 

6. Dairy

dairy products osteoarthritis avoidDairy products are believed to cause inflammation in some people, and that triggers arthritis pain. A study found that people with arthritis who avoided animal milks experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms.

Substitute dairy with a healthy source of fats, like almond milk, or an anti-inflammatory, like flax milk. Make sure to avoid carrageenan in these milks, which is an additive derived from seaweed that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and weaken intestinal permeability.

 

 

Osteoarthritis and alcohol

Most experts discourage drinking alcohol to excess when you have osteoarthritis. Drinking alcohol, especially beer, can contribute to flare-ups because of high purine levels in commercial alcohol products.

Moreover, most arthritis medication should never be mixed with alcohol because it interacts with the effectiveness of the drug and can be dangerous.

 

Takeaway

Foods that people with osteoarthritis should avoid also happen to be foods that interfere with a healthy diet.

Limiting these foods can benefit your arthritis in two ways. First, it reduces levels of inflammation in your body. Second, it may help you lose a bit of weight.

Even small incremental weight loss can make a difference in arthritis symptom severity. Speak to your doctor about how your diet might be affecting your arthritis symptoms.

 

Original article on Healthline

 


 

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Knee Injuries: What You Need To Know

What You Need To Know About Knee Injuries

From ligament, tendon and cartilage tears to runner’s knee and various pain syndromes, most everyone has known someone who has had a dreaded knee injury.

In fact, knee injuries are the second most common sports injury accounting for more than five million patient visits per year according to the Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Institute. This is due to the fact that the knee is the largest and most complex joint in the body with movement in all planes of motion.

The most common knee injuries come from overuse injuries such as tendinopathy, patella-femoral syndrome or iliotibial band syndrome.

Overuse injuries are most often a result of people going too hard, too soon, which is why it is critically important to slowly increase frequency, intensity, and duration in a training program. Like any tissue in the body, if the tissues supporting the knee receive too much stress too soon, they cannot adapt. When the body’s ability to adapt is compromised, overuse injuries occur.

Less common but still of consequence are knee injuries caused by trauma, such as a collision or a fall. This is exacerbated when coupled with a twist or rotation of the joint.

Anatomically speaking, women are between two and eight times more likely to suffer a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). As a result, women need to pay extra special attention to strengthening and stretching their hamstring and quadriceps muscles as well as the muscles that stabilize and support the pelvis as the pelvis helps control the knee.

People carrying extra weight are also at an increased risk of knee injuries. Overweight people put more stress on their joints and the soft tissue that supports them.

Older adults can also be at a higher risk, particularly of pain associated with osteoarthritis. Low impact activities and strength training exercises, as well as yoga, tai chi, and pool-based exercises are most appropriate for older adults with knee pain.

 

So what can be done?

Exercise for healthy knees. However, not just any exercise will do.

Focusing on correct exercise technique is a major way to prevent an injury and should be central in every fitness session. Appropriate exercises should focus on corrective alignment, chiefly in the hips and core.

 

Working through injury

For athletes suffering from an existing injury, it behooves you to follow doctor’s instructions and work closely with a physical therapist to assist in your recovery.

People with knee injuries who try to “heal on their own” are at risk of over-compensating or favoring one side over another creating a whole host of new problems with pelvic alignment.

Most people with knee injuries can stay active with an upper body and core program while keeping their knee protected. Lower body conditioning that focuses on proper alignment, balance and core strength, in conjunction with a proper physical therapy program will get you back on track and on your way to healthy knees for life.

 


 

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OUR DYNAMIC THERAPY IS HELPING MANY PEOPLE SAFELY AVOID MEDICATIONS & EVEN SURGERY FOR THEIR PAIN!

Our techniques are proven to be much better than simply masking your pain with drugs or using invasive surgical procedures that take weeks or even months of recovery and downtime from your daily life.

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