If you don’t help your body with the right food, there is little your medicine can do for your joints’ pain. It is never too late to start the right nutritional habits, plus it is easier than you imagine.
If you have OA, here is a list of the NOs of your diet:
- SUGAR: Rises the levels of inflammatory messengers called cytokines and augments your insulin and blood sugar. Avoid things like energy drinks, pastries, fruit drinks, and cakes, they are known as “empty calories”, from them you don’t get any benefit only extra weight, which is a burden for your joints.
- NIGHTSHADE VEGETABLES: Belong to the Solanaceae family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. The alkaloids in this vegetables affect the way calcium metabolism works in the body, leading sometimes to calcium deposits in tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints contributing to inflammation and joint pain.
- GLUTEN: It is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Foods like white bread, muffins, pasta and bagels have gluten. Your body processes it into sugar, which means the levels of cytokines grow and your joints get swollen.
- SYNTHETIC TRANS FATS: They are common in partially hydrogenated oils, strongly linked to systemic, chronic inflammation. Some of the foods that contain trans fats include snacks (like microwave popcorn), fried foods, frozen pizzas, cake, cookies, pie, margarines and spreads, ready-to-use frosting, and coffee creamers.
- PROCESSED FOOD: Some of these foods contain lots of vegetable oils like soybean, corn, peanut, and sunflower oil. They are rich in omega-6 fats, which causes inflammation in your joints.You may think all the fun of your table will be gone if you eliminate these foods from your daily diet, but there are still plenty of delicious, tasty things you can consume that will improve your OA.