Joint pain is really excruciating which can be easily worsen by performing the simplest daily activities thus causing swellings, inflammation, and great discomfort. This condition can affect anyone, no matter of the age or the gender. The intensity of pain can range from mild to severe, from acute to chronic.
There are many reasons for the occurrence of joint pain, however the main causes are arthritis and gout; also leukemia, injuries, strained muscles, dislocated or broken bones, lupus, fibromyalgia, and bursitis.
Food takes crucial role in this condition, namely it can be aggravated by consumption of certain foods, and as well as soothed by other consumed foods.
Foods to Avoid in the Case of Joint Pain
Too much alcohol can cause negative effect on the joint pain. In fact, beer has in its content, purines, which are changed to uric acid that has extreme negative effect to joint pain. Likewise, it contains gluten which is dangerous to fragile joints.
- Corn oil
This oil is rich in omega 6 acids, which are detrimental for our body. According to a study released in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism these acids can lead to inflammation.
Because of that avoid the consumption of peanuts, soy, grape seed, salad dressings, and safflower oil. We are not suggesting to completely eliminate omega 6 acids from your diet, however consume them in a moderate way.
- Dairy products
These products can aggravate the pain because they are rich in protein. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that protein irritates the surrounding joint tissues.
In addition to this, the saturated fats in dairy (butter, cheese, milk,) are as well as harmful for the joints. Replace dairy products with tofu, soy milk, almond, or margarine.
Consuming eggs on regular basis can lead to more inflammation and swellings. As a matter of fact, the yolk worsens the inflammation since it has arachidonic acid that produces prostaglandins which are inciters of inflammation. Furthermore, eggs contain saturated fats which have also negative effect.
- Grains and refined flour
Both of them contain high glycemic index which stimulates more AGEs and supports inflammation. It was proven that daily consumption of wheat items and grain cereals can help the development of chronic autoimmune diseases, and as well as increases the risk of heart concerns, diabetes, and even cancer. Therefore, choose coconut/almond/whole grain/brown rice instead of their use.
- Monosodium glutamate foods
The MSG additive is included to foods for better flavor, but it is highly harmful in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Red and processed meat
These types of meats have chemical purine and nitrite which worsen the pain and inflammation, and also toxins such as glycation and products AGEs. A 2014 study carried out at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that the glucan in red meat supports the development of cancer and aggravates inflammation.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released another study which discovered a connection between red meat and inflammation markers.
- Refined salt
The table salt is packed with additives and chemicals that disturb the body fluid balance. Therefore, in order to prevent calcium loss which is needed for the bones, avoid the consumption of this type of salt. Likewise, junk foods are high in salt, and because of that try to lower their intake, and replace the table salt with Himalayan pink salt or sea salt.
- Sugar and artificial sugars
Excess intake of sugar leads to inflammation and more AGEs. Sugar triggers cytokines which is an inflammation agent. Furthermore, sugar leads to weight gain and pressure on the joints.
Avoid consumption of sodas and sweet drinks as according to the study in 2014 released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that these types of drinks may contribute to the appearance of rheumatoid arthritis in women.
So, instead of consuming sodas, sweets, sugar, snacks, sugary cereals, candies, pastries consume honey, molasses, or Stevia.
- Whey proteins
The joint inflammation can be worsened by casein and gluten. Casein produces uric acid, which in excessive levels leads to joint inflammation. This health condition is otherwise known as gout.
Persons with gluten sensitivity are susceptible to gout. According to a study released in the Journal Nutrition Biochemistry in 2013, revealed that foods without gluten lower inflammation, adiposity, and insulin resistance.