Joint pain may be incredibly painful condition and some patients cannot complete their daily duties. Such type of pain causes inflammation, swellings and discomfort. There are a lot of patients who are suffering from this condition, which affects people regardless of their age or gender.
Pain caused by joint inflammation varies from mild to severe, from acute to chronic.
Some of the most common causes for joint pain are gout and arthritis, but also injuries, leukemia, broken or dislocated bones, fibromyalgia, strained muscles, lupus and even bursitis. Additionally, the joint pain might be aggravated by certain foods, as well as soothed by others.
In case if you are experiencing joint pain, it is highly advisable to avoid these foods:
- Sugar and artificial sugars
Excess sugar amounts in your body lead to inflammation and more AGEs. Namely, sugar triggers cytokines, the inflammation agent. Experts add that sugar leads to pressure on the joints and weight gain.
Avoid drinking sodas and sweet drinks. According to a study which was published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was discovered that such foods contribute to occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis at women.
It is advisable to utilize honey, molasses, or Stevia, but avoid sweets, sugar, snacks, sodas, candies, cereals with sugar and pastries.
- Red and processed meat
Red and processed meats contain chemical purine and nitrite which are proved to aggravate the pain and inflammation. These types of meet also contain toxins such as glycation and products AGEs. Back in 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences conducted a study conducted in which was discovered that glucan contained in red meat supports the cancer growth and worsens inflammation.
Another study published at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that there is link between red meat and inflammation markers.
By consuming eggs on regular basis, you will experience more inflammation and swellings. Due to arachidonic acid that produces prostaglandins, contained in yolk, it significantly aggravates the inflammation (causers of inflammation). Additionally, eggs contain saturated fats, which have detrimental effects as well.
Excessive consumption of alcohol has a negative impact on the joint pain. It is important to highlight that purines contained in beer, into the body are being converted to uric acid which is detrimental to joint pain. Beer also contains gluten which is harmful to fragile joints.
- Dairy products
Dairy are high in protein which significantly worsens the pain. As Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine explains, protein irritates the surrounding joint tissues.
Moreover, the saturated fats contained in dairy (such as cheese, milk, butter) are detrimental for the unbearable pain in the joints. Instead, dairy products, you can consume almond, soy milk, tofu or margarine.
- Grains and refined flour
These products have a high glycemic index which stimulates more AGEs and thus supports inflammation.
There are studies which showed that regular consummation of wheat items and grain cereals contributes development of chronic autoimmune diseases and in same time raises the risk of heart issues, diabetes and even cancer. Replace these products with coconut/ almond/ whole grain/ brown rice.
- Monosodium glutamate foods
The MSG is additive which is added to foods for improving the flavor, but you should know that it is extremely bad for people who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
- Whey proteins
Casein and gluten substantially aggravate inflammation. Namely, casein produces uric acid, which in excessive levels leads to joint inflammation.
The medical name of this condition is gout. People who have gluten sensitivity are more prone to gout. A study publishes in Journal Nutrition Biochemistry published in 2013, showed that foods which do not contain gluten reduce inflammation, adiposity and insulin resistance.
- Corn oil
Corn oil is high in omega 6 acids, which are particularly dangerous for your health. Namely, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, there is link between these acids and inflammation.
That is the reason why you should avoid consummation of soy, peanuts, salad dressings, grape seed and safflower oil. In fact, you don’t have to remove omega 5 acids completely from your diet, but always eat them in moderate amounts.
- Refined salt
Table salt is high in additives and chemicals which impair the fluid balance in the body. In order to prevent the loss of calcium which is necessary for your bones, avoid this type of salt. Keep in mind that junk foods are high in salt. So, it is advisable to eat it in reduced amounts, or replace it with Himalayan pink salt or sea salt.