Foods That Can Increase Or Fight Joint Inflammation

arthritis handsWhile eating the right foods can certainly transform your body, making poor food choices can wreak havoc on your body, in more ways than one.

For instance, take your joints. When they stiffen and swell, the pain can make anything from taking a stroll to simple daily chores miserable. While there’s no sure way to rid yourself of joint pain forever, if you’re one of the 1 in 5 American adults to suffer from arthritis, paying close attention to your diet may bring great relief (or pain flare ups).

Here are foods that can increase inflammation:

Tomatoes

In most cases, tomatoes are considered an anti-inflammatory food, but they can be bad news for those who suffer from gout. Per researchers at the University of Otago, among 2,051 people who have the specific form of arthritis, 20 percent reported that tomatoes are a trigger. Of the data analyzed from another 12,720 people who did not have gout, study leaders found that eating tomatoes increased the levels of uric acid found in their blood – a major underlying cause of gout.

Processed foods

Research by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine showed that “cutting back on the consumption of fried and processed foods, such as fried meats and prepared frozen meals, can reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body’s natural defenses.”

Soda

It’s not just bad for your waistline. Not only do sugary drinks like diet soda put you at risk for diabetes and heart disease, but sugar consumption can trigger the release of inflammatory “messengers” called cytokines, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says. After analyzing data from two large studies spanning 30 years, researchers discovered a link between soda pop consumption and arthritis risk. In fact, women who drank one pop or more daily, had a 63 percent increased risk of developing arthritis than those who shied away from the bubbling beverage.

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