Nutritional counseling, a priority treatment for arthritis, can greatly reduce the painful symptoms. Most people with arthritis don’t realize how much nutrition can improve the way they feel.
Nutrition Counseling and Lifestyle Coaching are your first line of defense against disease. They teach you that self-care is the “finest health care.” Then you realize that doctors have a very small role to play in your staying healthy.
Of all the different types of arthritis, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As anyone with arthritis can tell you, osteoarthritis sufferers truly suffer as their knees wear down, rheumatoid arthritis can twist and deform the fingers, and gout can make the simple act of walking agony. Chiropractic care is a great modality to help with painful joints.
Eliminating the following will help:
· Fried & Processed Foods
· Sugars & Refined Foods
· Alcohol & Tobacco
· Salt & Preservatives
· Genetically modified oils (Omega-6) – soy, corn, cottonseed, sunflower, and canola
Ease your painful symptoms of arthritis by eating plenty of foods and ingredients that naturally reduce inflammation such as these:
Omega-3 Fats – The best foods for omega-3 fatty acids are salmon (wild, fresh or canned), herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, flaxseeds (ground and oil), chia seeds, and walnuts.
Vitamin C – It is important to make vitamin C-rich foods — such as guava, bell peppers (yellow, red, orange, and green), oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapple, broccoli, kidney beans, kiwi, and cauliflower — a part of your daily diet. (High-dose vitamin C supplements can actually be harmful for osteoarthritis sufferers, so talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.)
Olive Oil – Contains a natural compound called oleocanthal which may help prevent arthritis-related inflammation. This compound blocks the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin, medications commonly used to fight arthritis pain
Carotenes – beta carotene: found in foods like cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kale, butternut squash, and spinach; and beta-cryptoxanthin, found in foods like winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.
Anthocyanins – Some of the best foods include: cherries, blackberries, black currents, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, boysenberries, red and black grapes, strawberries, and plums.
Spices – Among the most promising anti-inflammatory spices: turmeric, the Asian mustard yellow spice found in curry, and ginger because it contains chemicals that work similarly to some anti–inflammatory medications.
Many people with arthritis don’t realize how much their food choices and lack of exercise can worsen the pain or, on the flip side, improve the way they feel. It is important to work with a professional to get the support, encouragement, and knowledge to make the diet and lifestyle changes that will enable you to lead a pain free, productive life.
Call today for an appointment with Gale Maleskey, MS, RD.
Nutritional Counseling, Wellness Coaching, and Chiropractic Care (incl. Functional Medicine) are offered for arthritis sufferers at Twin Ponds Integrative Center 610-395-3355