While there is no ‘one diet to fit all’ following this list of foods to avoid for inflammation of joints will provide some reduction of joint or arthritis pain you may be suffering from.
The food we put into our bodies plays a big role in causing or reducing inflammation. Do you know what the two most deadly killers of our time are?
Heart Disease and Cancer. Probably not a big surprise but… New research shows each of these are affected by an immune response that may play a key role in a host of chronic diseases.
Inflammation is the silent killer! Scientists and the medical community are now convinced that inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses today!
- Fried and Processed Foods
- Refined Carbohydrates
- Simple Sugars
- Saturated Fats
- Trans Fats
Fried chicken, french fries, deep-fried appetizers and processed foods of any kind should be avoided or eliminated from your diet.
Fried foods when consumed on a regular basis will increase body fat, which adds additional stress to the joints. Body fat is metabolically active and can produce hormones and chemicals that will increase inflammation. To add insult to injury, many restaurants still fry their food with hydrogenated oils, giving you a double dose of trans fats. One glimmer of hope, recently many restaurants and fast food chains are starting to listen to public outcry and are replacing hydrogenated oils with healthier alternatives.
Refined Carbohydrates are anything baked with white flour including rolls, most baked goods, pasta, crackers, white rice, junk food cereals and sweeteners. Syrup, unless its natural maple falls under the refined carb category. Corn syrup which contains high levels of fructose and sugar which is in just about every packaged food on the planet (high fructose sugar).
Simple Sugars Cookies, fruit juice, soft drinks and candy are also refined carbohydrates. These will send your blood sugar levels soaring and set off an inflammatory response in the body which irritates joints.
Saturated Fats are mostly found in animal products like, fatty beef, pork, lamb, poultry skin, ice cream, butter, whole milk or 2% milk, regular cheese, bacon salami, pepperoni and sausage.
You will also find saturated fats in palm oil and palm-kernel oil. Most of us don’t use these oils but you’ll find them in a large number of items in your pantry. Items like crackers, cookies, non-dairy creamers etc. It is best to limit your snack food intake of saturated fats to less than 2 grams per serving, your entire meal should be 4.5 grams or less.
Trans Fats In order for baked and other foods to have a longer shelf life, scientists took everyday vegetable oil and added hydrogen molecules to it. The end result was the liquid oil turned not only solid, but into dangerous Trans Fats! Most fast food items, processed snack foods, margarines and other items you will find in your pantry are riddled with Trans fats and may be even more dangerous to your health than saturated fats when it comes to foods that help inflammation.
Omega -6 Fatty Acids and Omega 3’s are essential fats the body needs to help build healthy cells to maintain brain and nerve function. Since our body doesn’t produce these fats, we must get them from the food we eat. The problem is, most Americans eat far too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3. Omega-6 mostly comes from plant oils such as corn oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil. The American Heart Association recommends that 10% to 15% of your food calories come from Omega-6 fatty acids.
The best anti-inflammatory diet for your joints consists of:
Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole & cracked grains, seafood (good Omega-3’s) lean meats, (limited amounts per serving). Along with healthy fats which are found in nuts, especially walnuts, avocados, and whole soy foods to replace dairy products such as milk.
It’s difficult to get all the nutrients our bodies need from the foods we eat today because of all the processing that goes on. Taking a good balance of supplements can help reduce inflammation.
The Isotonix line is one of the best anti-inflammatory supplements money can buy. Their unique delivery system allows for 90%-to 95% of the nutrients to be absorbed into the body within 15 minutes when taken as directed. You can learn more about Isotonix supplements here!
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