Food choice becomes an important part of Arthritis Patients. What a person eats determines not only the health part but also determines the way he/she is tackling arthritis.
The food we eat is measured in calories. For people suffering from arthritis it becomes a virtual necessity that they do not lose out on vitamins and minerals. So, it is important to eat foods that are:
- high in vitamins and minerals
- low in calories, such as fruit and vegetables
Here are some more tips:
- It is healthy to eat starchy foods like bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta. They have no more calories than protein
- Wholemeal versions of these starchy foods are better as they are more filling because they are high in fibre, and often supply more vitamins and minerals – for example, wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholegrain breakfast cereals
Dietary Guidelines for Arthritis Patients
- Eat a balanced and varied diet to maximize your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients
- Eat a diet that is high in fiber and that is not tainted with chemicals, which stress the body. Maximize the intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, seeds, and whole grains
- Make sure the food platter includes cold-water fish such as salmon and halibut!
- Avoid saturated fats, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, rich fatty food, fried food, 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
- Avoid foods that might cause problems. 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.
- Drink at least six to eight glasses of pure water daily. This helps to flush out toxins from the body
- Exercise regularly
Tips For Arthritis Patients to Loose Weight
- Fat has twice as many calories as the same weight of starch or protein. Most people eat far more fat than they need for health. Eating 30 g (about 1 oz) less fat each day saves 270 calories. So cutting calories does not require massive sacrifices. Making minor changes to the food you eat can be enough.
Eat Foods that burn fat
- Green vegetables, such as watercress, parsley, celery, kale, and okra
- Potassium Broth
- Whole grains, such as brown rice, millet, oats, wheat, and barley
- Cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, or herring
Foods That Alleviate Arthritis Pain
Listed below are some foods that fight against arthritis:
- Olive oil
- Whole wheat
- Rye, etc.
Foods that Cure Psoriatic Arthritis
Foods to Avoid
Studies have shown that all arthritis symptoms are reduced, even those of rheumatoid arthritis, after a person adopts a vegetarian diet, free of all animal foods, including-and especially-dairy products.
- Refined sugar and too many sweets
- Reduce or eliminate red meat, dairy, eggs, and chicken