For those with rheumatoid arthritis, even the simplest tasks can be full of pain. Thankfully, small steps can be made to lessen the hurt. Some of these changes can happen from the breakfast nook to the dinner table, and they might even lead to other benefits such as weight loss and a clearer mind. Let’s look at some foods to avoid if you suffer from RA.
Ever wonder why microwave dinners taste so good? It’s because they’re full of things like saturated fats and high fructose corn syrup. Saturated fats contribute to weight gain, and added sugars are known to cause inflammation. They can also inhibit the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 acids. Eating smart is just as important as taking the right supplements.
Weight gain is directly tied to fried foods. When you eat French fries, you are making your joints carry all that added weight. The effect of trans fats on inflammation is well documented as well; skip the fries and your body will begin to thank you.
While red meat can have some benefits, the most important thing is to lessen the intake of saturated fats, which many red meats contain. Also, an imbalance in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids leads to inflammation; not enough omega-3 and too much omega-6 can be very bad for you. Avoid red meat to cut down on omega-6 fatty acids. How can you increase your intake of omega-3? Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in omega-3.
Sugars and Refined Grains
Sugars directly cause inflammation by releasing cytokines. Not only that, simple carbohydrates like white rice and white bread are broken down quickly and leave you wanting more. This can lead to even more weight gain.
With an improved diet, you can flush out the toxic agents that have been causing you so much pain. A greater sense of overall well-being may be the best medicine for RA; start by cutting out these foods.