If you are over 50 there is a good chance that you may suffer from some arthritic pain. In fact according to a Medical Exercise Specialist, Lisa Breaux we are all vulnerable.
“That is because we live in a world with gravity”, says Lisa “the constant stress that gravity puts on our spine can cause compression and along with that pain.
Eager To Reduce the Pain.
Anyone with arthritis is eager for ways to reduce the pain. Lisa goes on to explain that Arthritis pain is usually caused by inflammation in the body. In fact, she says any disease with an “it is” behind it is caused by inflammation. Think bursitis, arthritis, etc.
The great news is any foods that can help to reduce inflammation will be helpful in reducing arthritis pain. And there are certain foods considered inflammatory and others that are considered anti-inflammatory. Knowing what to eat and what not to eat can help you have more pain free days.
The following 8 foods should be regulars in your diet if you suffer from the pain of arthritis.
Not all fish are created equal however. A lot of people buy tilapia. It is inexpensive and most people like the way it tastes. However, tilapia has low levels of these beneficial omega 3’s. Furthermore, it has high levels of Omega 6. Omega 6 will cause inflammation. This is something you will not want.
You want to eat fish that has large amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids and low amounts of omega 6. These Omega 3’s are the key to reducing inflammation in your body. Salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are good choices. Try to eat 3 to 4 ounces about twice a week. Grill, bake or saute your fish to get the most benefits.
Okay, I get it! Not everybody likes fish! My husband is one of those.
Give Soy a Try
Soy may be an option for you if you are not a fish lover. Edamame and tofu are two great ways to get your omega 3’s. If this sounds too foreign to you, try adding some silken smooth tofu to a fresh fruit smoothie. It will give your smoothie a creamy texture without any flavor. The sweet flavors of the fruit is all you will notice. The truth is soy will take on the flavor of anything you pair it with. If you have someone who is picky you can probably sneak it into their diet pretty easy.
Fresh cherries are seasonal and may be a bit pricey for your budget. But frozen cherries are much more affordable. They can be added to smoothies for a refreshing treat. Cherries are rich in anthocyanins. These anthocyanins have an anti-inflammatory effect of the human body. Other fruits with this property include, strawberries, grapes, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Add some of these fruits to your everyday diet. Think they are too costly? How much does your arthritis cost you?
The king of vegetables. Broccoli seems to have earned this title. Many people know the benefits it has on cancer. But did you also know that broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Research shows this compound may prevent or slow to progression of osteoarthritis. This is the most common form of arthritis. In fact, according to the CDC, osteoarthritis affects over 30 million Americans.
Love Those Lemons
Or any other type of citrus for that matter. Vitamin C found in these fruits has been shown to prevent inflammatory arthritis while also maintaining healthy joints. Adding an orange or a grapefruit to your breakfast might be a great way to start your day.
Whole grains should be a part of your anti-inflammatory diet. These grains lower the amount of C-Reactive protein (CRP) in the blood. CRP is a marker of inflammation. It has been associated with heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Make sure the label says 100% whole wheat or 100%whole grains. Choose brown rice over white. It may take a little bit getting used to but your body will thank you. After all, if it makes you feel better, isn’t it worth it?
Dive into the Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
These vegetables are packed with antioxidants like vitamins A, C and K, which protect cells from free-radical damage. Free radicals have been implicated in the inflammation that attacks joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Did you know that more women suffer from chronic pain?
Add to that fact that we usually live longer than our male counterparts and there is a good chance we will need help as we age. Whether you end up only needing a few hours of help each week or a more long- term solution, it will cost. The cost for care services is only expected to rise. Doing what you can, like eating a healthy diet may help you live independently longer. And that is also good for your pocketbook.
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