Eating the right foods can help reduce inflammation and lessen arthritic pain

It is no secret that arthritis, a chronic disease of the joints, is the number one cause of disability in the United States. If you are one of the 50 million adults that have arthritis, it may be helpful to know how a dietary update can improve your symptoms.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Symptoms may be mild to severe and can come and go, but in the most severe cases can lead to chronic pain and restricted mobility.

They include the following:

  • Swelling and stiffness in the joints
  • Lessened range of motion
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Changes in appearance
  • Redness

The “Wrong” Diet Can Cause Inflammation

The right diet can help ease arthritis symptoms by lessening inflammation levels. Higher levels of inflammation affect more than just joints, it can also impact organs and includes rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as well. Diet impacts whether our body lives in a anti-inflammatory or inflammatory environment.

Foods to Avoid Inflammation

Inflammatory fats

According to the Arthritis Foundation, Omega 6 fatty acids, saturated fats found in meats and fried foods and trans fats found in fast food and bakery products can weigh heavily against an anti-inflammatory diet. Avoiding burgers and fries is a good idea for people who want to avoid inflammation.


Added sugars can be found in seemingly any “healthy” food item and research has proven that sugar heavy soda and desserts worsen RA symptoms. Avoid sugar as much as possible. Most people are shocked at the sugar content when they start reading the labels of their favorite “healthy” food.


Gluten-free diets are popular for a reason. Recent studies published in the Rheumatology Journal showed that those who took on a gluten-free diet showed possible anti-inflammatory changes.

Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, can ensure that you are taking a proactive, healthy approach to avoid inflammation. If you want additional information on the best diet for you, consult your primary care provider or see a nutritionist.

Of course, if your joint pain is severe, the expert orthopedic specialists at Southern Oregon Orthopedics are here to help.

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