There are currently more than 50 million people suffering from arthritis in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis is the inflammation of joints typically accompanied by pain. Eating certain foods can either work to alleviate or exacerbate symptoms of inflammation.
Foods that are high in antioxidants and polyphenols have been found to fight inflammation. Here are some of the top anti-inflammatory foods to add to your diet right now:
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and swiss chard.
On the contrary, there are also foods that increase inflammation making autoimmune conditions even worse. Here are some of the offenders to start avoiding:
- Sugar, such as donuts, candy and soda.
- Fried foods
- Refined flour and sugar, such as many breakfast cereals, breads and pastas.
- Processed meats such as bologna, salami and hot dogs.
In general, always try to make healthy food choices and avoid refined and processed foods when possible. If you’re experiencing joint pain or have questions,we’d be happy to speak with you! Please call us at 618-288-9460 or visit www.c4ao.com for more information.