Is Your Diet Worsening Your Arthritis Pain?

arthritis pain advice from our stoke chiropractorArthritis can be painful and living with it can be difficult. There are many different types of arthritis with the two most common types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

It is not uncommon for patients suffering with arthritis to seek help from our Stoke chiropractors. While chiropractic cannot cure arthritis, chiropractic care can help improve joint mobility and in turn lessen pain levels. Living a healthy lifestyle also helps manage the condition. This includes healthy eating and exercise which our chiropractors also advocate.

In this post, our Stoke chiropractor focuses on healthy eating and on seven foods and ingredients that may increase inflammation in the body and trigger further pain and health issues.

 

Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes anti-inflammatory food is very important in helping to manage arthritis pain. A healthy balanced diet should provide your body with all the necessary nutrients that it needs.

In addition, a healthy diet can help towards maintaining a healthy weight. Carrying too much body weight can add extra pressure on joints resulting in increased pain and mobility issues.

The Eatwell Guide,  from the NHS, recommends eating a variety of foods from all five food groups is key to a healthy diet.

The five food groups are:

  • Fruit and vegetables: 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Starchy foods: base meals on higher fibre starchy foods e.g. bread, potatoes, pasta and rice
  • Milk and dairy foods (or dairy alternatives): choose lower fat and lower sugar options wherever possible
  • Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein: reduce processed meats like bacon and sausages; include more pulses
  • Oils and spreads: get most of your fat from unsaturated oils and spreads.

In addition to the above, drinking plenty of fluids every day is important for your overall health. The Eatwell Guide recommends drinking 6 to 8 cups of fluid a day. This includes water, lower-fat milk and sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee.

 

Seven Pro-inflammatory Foods and Ingredients To Avoid (or at least limit)

#1 Sugar: The occasional dessert or chocolate may not be an issue, however, many foods and drinks contain sugar and it is easy to consume more than we think.

 

#2 – Trans Fats: The manufactured form of trans fat can be found in a variety of food products and often in fast foods. This form of trans fat is known as partially hydrogenated oil, check ingredient labels for this.

 

#3 – Saturated Fats: Common sources of saturated fats include dairy products, fried food, and meat.

 

#4 – Refined Carbohydrates: Often processed to extend shelf life, these carbohydrates are found in white flour products such as white bread, white rice, white pasta and many cereals.

 

#5 – Omega 6 Fatty Acids: Along with omega-3 fatty acids, the body needs omega-6 fatty acids for its growth and development. However, consuming too much omega-6 fatty acids can produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Omega-6 fatty acids can be found in many oils such as sunflower, peanut and vegetable and also in mayonnaise and many salad dressings.

 

#6 – MSG: Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) is a food additive. Check food ingredients for MSG and ask restaurants if they use it in their meals.

 

#7 – Alcohol: Drink in moderation or cut it out completely.

 

Visiting our City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke

If you are suffering arthritis pain and are looking for help with your symptoms our chiropractors are here to help you. Our chiropractors at City Chiropractic Clinic can help improve joint and muscle mobility.

On you first visit to our chiropractic clinic in Stoke your chiropractic will carry out a full consultation and thorough examination including a chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological examination to diagnose your condition and determine if further investigations such as x-rays are necessary. The consultation and examination will take approximately 45 minutes.

Having taken some time to consider your condition and medical history your chiropractor will be able to explain to you what treatment they recommend and if chiropractic treatment is appropriate and with your consent treatment can begin.

If chiropractic treatment is not appropriate for you condition, then your chiropractor will tell you and may refer you to another medical professional.

To book an appointment with one of our team call our clinic on 01782 848 184 or you can book an appointment online on our website here.