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Foods Are Good for Arthritis Joint Pain. 

 February 7, 2024

By  Linda Rook

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Introduction.

Arthritis is a widespread disease that can affects millions of people worldwide, the symptoms can include pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, also it can attack your immune system. 

Unfortunately there are no cure for arthritis, all you can do is to treat the symptoms through medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes, such as a diet, can significantly improve your quality of life. 

In this blog, I will explain what is arthritis, then a brief understanding of inflammation, which foods are best for your condition and much more...

What Is Arthritis.

Arthritis is a term for a group of 100 different types of joint conditions.  The most common are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Where the symptoms can include joint pain, stiffness, inflammation and can reduce your mobility, also with RA it can lead to your immune system being attacked.

Unfortunately arthritis is incurable, meaning that you can only treat the symptoms so that they do not get worse.

If you are diagnosed with this terrible disease, your doctor may prescribe you medication that can help with the symptoms, also if you are overweight you need to go on a diet as you are putting more pressure on your already unhealthy weight-bearing joints.

Two Common Types of Arthritis:

Osteoarthritis (OA): This first one is the most common form of arthritis, it is also referred to as "wear and tear".  It can develop through old age or if you have had an injury such as in my case.

I fell with my right knee going across a kerb in the 1970's.  I went back to work and thought nothing of it, until the pain in my knee and hip was excruciating. The pain got so bad that I went to see my doctor, who referred me to a specialist.

Well!

I did not expect the outcome of my appointment, the specialist said that I had developed OA in my right knee, and hip, also the hip bone is so badly damaged I needed a replacement hip.

Since the operation the surgery left me with the right leg longer than the left. Since then (1970's) to now, I have a wonky spine, therefore I have to put a block on my left shoe, every time I need a new shoe.  Now I have developed osteoarthritis in my spine, other hip, knees, shoulders, elbows hands, in other words it is traveling all over my body.

Pain in the sacroiliac joint.
knee bone density.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Unlike OA, which mainly affects the joints, the second common arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disorder causing the immune system to mistakenly attack the body's own healthy tissues, it can lead to inflammation in the lining of the joints called (synovium).  Resulting in joint pain, swelling, and could eventually the joint can become deformed.

Symptoms of Arthritis.

The symptoms of arthritis depends on the type of arthritis that you have been diagnosed with.  But the most common symptoms could be the following:

  • Joint pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
  • You may feel it difficult to move around
  • You could become fatigued and feeling of ill.
shoulder pain

Treatment Options.

Whereas there is no cure for arthritis, there are some treatments that can alleviate the pains and other symptoms, and slow the disease progression, and improve quality of life.

A weekly box of medication.

Common treatment options include:

•     Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologic agents.

•     Physical Therapy: A physical therapy can help to improve your joint movement, strength, and flexibility.

•     Lifestyle Changes: You should not go overweight as you are putting more pressure on your already painful joints.

     Surgery: In severe cases, you may be recommended joint replacement surgery.

What is inflammation.

There are two types of inflammation:

Acute inflammation: this first one is when the body response to an injury or infection. 

Signs include redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function.

Chronic Inflammation: the next is more persistent, low-level response that can last for weeks, months, or even years, unlike acute inflammation, this can damage healthy tissues and organs.

What is An Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

"Inflammatory foods" is a term used to describe foods that are believed to promote inflammation in the body.

Inflammatory foods typically include those that are high in refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and added sugars, as well as processed or fried foods. These foods can trigger the release of inflammatory molecules in the body, leading to systemic inflammation.

Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Arthritis.

While diet alone cannot cure arthritis, certain foods have been shown to help alleviate symptoms. Understanding the diet can help to make informed choices that support your joints.

Below are some benefits of going on an anti-inflammatory diet, they include:

  • Pain Reduction.
  • Improved Joint Function. 
  • Weight Management.  
  • Reduced Medication Dependency. 
  • Overall, Health Benefits.
  • Reduced inflammation.
Taking medication.
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Foods that can help inflammation and pain Include:

1.    Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, omega-3 fatty acids. these have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint pain and stiffness.

2.    Fruits and Vegetables: Colourful fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which help reduce inflammation and support healthy joints.

3.    Whole Grains: You should also go for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread over refined grains can provide essential nutrients and fibre, they can reduce inflammation.

4.    Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants that can also help inflammation.

5.    Herbs and Spices: Especially turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and garlic as they are all anti-inflammatory properties and can be incorporated into cooking or consumed as supplements.

6. Lean Protein: You should go for poultry meats, also beans and lentils rather than red meat.  The protein help with keep your muscles working and reduce your inflammation.

7. Probiotics: This section is yoghurt, kefir that helps with your gut.

8. Hydration: With this inflammatory diet you should keep hydrated, as this help to keep your cells and tissues maintained, and keeps your body's system functioning.

Conclusion.

Arthritis has 100 different types, and has varied groups of conditions .  While there is no cure for arthritis, early diagnosis and correct treatment can help you to manage the symptoms and slow down the progression. 

While there is no one-size-fits-all diet for arthritis, making healthy food choices can significantly help your symptoms and supporting joint health. By consuming anti-inflammatory foods and limiting the sugar sweets, cakes, etc..., you can take control of your diet and help yourself to improve your symptoms.

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I hope this blog has helped.

More Information.

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/nutrition/healthy-eating/12-best-foods-for-arthritis

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/5599-osteoarthritis

https://versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/arthritis/

Linda Rook

Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 


Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.


Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.


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