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Arthritis Pain: Avoid Certain Foods for Relief

By Stephen R. Farris

If you suffer from pain caused by arthritis, chances are you've tried many over-the-counter and prescription medications to get relief. Some may work for a while, giving temporary relief, but the cost of those medications can sink your pocket book quickly if relying on them for long periods of time.

While it is not a cure-all, you might make a few changes in your diet to help reduce inflammation and possibly help assist in getting relief from arthritis pain.

Nix the Fried and Processed Foods

It's very tempting to grab something fried from your fast food restaurant, versus cooking at home, especially if your arthritis pain flares up. It's even easier to grab processed food at the grocery store, such as lunch meat, chips, etc. These types of foods are not good for you anyway, so instead of giving in, add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. A good salad is pretty easy to make.

Reduce Your AGEs

What are AGEs? It stands for advanced glycation end products, a toxin that shows up in fried, grilled, or pasteurized foods. Basically, foods that are cooked on high heat. When consumed, your body tries to break the toxin down using cytokines -- inflammatory messengers. Bottom line, they could trigger your arthritis pain. To be on the safe side, you might consider baking that piece of fish or chicken in the oven, or if you have access to one, try air frying.

Watch Out for Dairy Products

Another contributor to your arthritis pain could come from a certain protein found in dairy products that could cause inflammation around your joints. So if you feel some achiness in your joints after consuming dairy products, you might want to try other food sources for your protein. Spinach, beans, and lentils are a few food alternatives that are rich in vitamins and protein.

Talk with your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic if you want to know more about natural ways to relieve arthritis pain. They can give you tips and suggestions about nutrition, as well as help provide relief for your back, neck, and joints when you feel stiffness and pain. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local Chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.

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