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?Let Food be thy Medicine?

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That quote from Hippocrates is still good advice, particularly if you have arthritis.

Studies show that certain foods help reduce stiffness and tender joints, and may even help sufferers of arthritis reduce the need for medicine. ?But you need to know what foods to take, because some other foods can actually make the pain and inflammation worse.

There are two forms of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

OA occurs primarily by chronic, low-grade inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It?s called ?autoimmune? because the body mistakes healthy tissue as an invading organism.

An anti-inflammatory diet can help lessen the symptoms and lower the risk of other conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and (possibly) Alzheimer?s disease.

It was once believed that gradual deterioration of cartilage in joints by ?wear and tear? was the cause of arthritis; but recent findings point to chronic, low-grade inflammation as the cause.

Foods You Should Avoid. Fried & Processed Foods like fried meats and prepared frozen meals, heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurized foods, or any food cooked at high temperatures.? Also avoid high amounts of sugar, as in candies, and in white flour baked goods and sodas

Foods that Help Fight Arthritis. These anti-inflammatory foods are particularly beneficial (If you are taking medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist since some foods can have harmful interactions with certain drugs).

  • Oily fish (such as herring, salmon, mackerel, and tuna).
  • Shellfish.
  • Tart cherries.
  • Olive oil (rather than processed oils. )
  • Vegetables (especially spinach, tofu, beans, lentils).

A ?Home Nursing Caregiver from Specialty Care Services is a trained nutritionist for healthy eating habits, and dedicated to improve the quality of life for their patients and families.

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