Foods To Combat
Foods To Combat Arthritis. There are many things you can do
to bring relief to arthritic joints.
The first is to understand the disease and what aggravates
the arthritic condition.
The second is to adjust your lifestyle to ease your pain and
the third is to eat healthy foods that are designed to aid the
symptoms of arthritis. Understanding: Arthritis is actually a
complex disorder that is made up of more than 100 different
People of all ages have experienced these different
arthritic conditions. Those who suffer from arthritis
experience joint inflammation, stiffness, swelling and pain of
joints and other body parts like muscles, ligaments, tendons
There are many names given to the different conditions and
forms that arthritis takes, a few are: Cervical arthritis,
degenerative arthritis, foot arthritis, glucosamine arthritis,
infectious arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, juvenile
rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
and septic arthritis.
Symptoms may vary but could include: Pain and stiffness,
inflammation of joints of ankles, wrist, finger, neck,
shoulder, elbow, hip, or the knees and also feet. Lifestyle
adjustments: Weight increases can exacerbate arthritis, so pay
close attention to what you weigh and know what your ideal
weight is by asking your health care provider.
Exercise can decrease pain felt by arthritis sufferers.
There are many groups set up that those with arthritis can join
to learn what exercises are good for them to do. Exercising in
a group can be fun. Many who have arthritis are placed on
different medication therapy to help them deal with the pain
and swelling symptoms. Different conditions or forms of
arthritis require different medication therapy.
Drugs like Remicade (infliximab) can help those who suffer
from psoriatic arthritis and those with osteoarthritis feel
relief when using acetaminophen. Rheumatoid sufferers benefit
from using anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as
The arthritic patient to control the symptoms of their
disease can use medication therapy, exercise, and lifestyle
improvements combined with foods that provide arthritic relief.
Herbal Remedies: There are natural herbal remedies that bring
relief to those who have arthritis. These herbal remedies
include: alfalfa, celery, ephedra and
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Alfalfa can be found in the form of sprouts, cube, seed and
plant. Celery is considered a salad plant and has a bulbous
root, green leaves and stem. The stalks are long and succulent.
The seeds are brown. It grows best in cooler weather. The high
sodium content of celery prevents and relieves arthritic joints
deposits. Ephedra is known as Ma Huang and is from the family
of herbs called "Ephedracae.
The early settlers in the early southwest used
to call ephedra made as a tea known by two names "Mormon tea
and "Squaw tea". This is actually an herb that can be used in
beverage or in food to also aid those with pain, high blood
pressure, weight loss, allergies, asthma or as a tonic. Items
to do or avoid for a healthy arthritis diet: Avoid too much fat
or cholesterol in your diet Avoid too much sugar Avoid
ingesting too much sodium.
Getting rid of arthritis pain can be done
very easily with berries. Good berries to
select are blueberries, raspberries and
The Boston University Medical Center did a
study of arthritis sufferers and their vitamin
C intake. They found that those who had
consumed foods that had more vitamin C than
others experienced less strain and injuries to
their joints. I
t is also a known fact that vitamin C plays
a crucial role in the formation of collagen.
Collagen is needed for cartilage and bone
formation. So eat your berries to decrease your
risk for pain.
Drink alcohol if you must, but in moderation Do
eat a variety of different food groups Do your best to maintain
your ideal weight for your age and height as advised by your
health professional Good foods to mix into your weekly menus
are: breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk
and cheese and yogurt, and chicken, fish, lean meats, and also