Best Diet For Arthritis Sufferers

Maintaining a healthy diet can be the very first step towards controlling your arthritis. Very few patients are aware of this close connection between arthritis and diet. Food cannot actually cure arthritis but researchers have been quick to point out that good food can actually improve overall joint health.  The understanding behind this principle is very simple: you are what you eat and arthritis is primarily an inflammatory condition heavily influenced by diet.

So what is the best diet for arthritis sufferers?

You should start by getting a complete medical evaluation done to diagnose your arthritis. This is important as arthritis includes several conditions, which have the same symptoms. A dietician or nutritional consultant will then evaluate your health and the extent of your arthritis before recommending a diet plan. They may also ask you to keep a food diary and a symptom diary for a month as well. This diary will provide a valuable link between your diet and symptoms.

Overall, dieticians recommend that you cut out the food groups that aggravate your arthritis. Common foods you should avoid include —
1. Foods from the nightshade family — Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants contain a chemical, which can aggravate arthritis.
2. Citrus fruits –– Citrus fruits like oranges lemons and grapefruit can also aggravate arthritis.
3. Gluten — Researchers have found that gluten-allergies could be the precipitating factor for a small group of arthritic patients.
4. Milk and meat — For a few patients, these ingredients may aggravate arthritis symptoms. These ingredients may precipitate an allergic response, which contributes to the pain.

Apart from these food items, several fad diets online claim to be the best for arthritis sufferers. We cannot recommend any of these diet for arthritis patients as individual metabolisms differ but we are listing them here for your information.

1. Alkaline Diet –– This is one of the most popular diets for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. According to it, these conditions are caused due to excess acid inside the body. As a result, it recommends that patients reduce acid-inducing foods like coffee, sugar, red meat and nuts. There are no studies to support it though.
2. Dong Diet –– This heavily restrictive diet recommends a vegetarian meal plan. However, there is no proof that it actually works.
3. Anti Inflammatory Diet — This is one of the most popular diets on the internet at present. The diet states that most chronic conditions are caused due to an over — active immune system. The cells in the immune system attack parts of the body causing inflammation or redness, swelling and pain. The theory is that certain foods can reduce the inflammation by calming the immune system. A growing number of medical experts do agree that this diet just may work for arthritis patients. Foods that are recommended on this diet include oily fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes and anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, basil and ginger.
4. The Mediterranean Diet — This diet closely resembles the anti-inflammatory diet as it recommends the same food items like oily fish, fresh fruits and veggies.

Please remember that human bodies are unique. What suits a single person may not necessarily suit the other. We urge you to consult with your dietitian and doctor before you start any severely restrictive diet plan.

Comments

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  2. Hi Charlie, do you suffer from arthritis or joint pain?