Arthritis and Wellness Approaches
You may already have stiff knees, hips, hands, shoulders or
fingers. There are plenty of things you can do to ward off arthritis. This article presents some of the best nutritional
self-care and wellness actions you can take.
Reduce Arthritis Try Changing Your Eating Patterns
you want to feel better and enhance your wellness, you may need to lose weight so your joints aren't stressed.
*Eat more fish to reduce pain and stiffness of arthritis.
Herring, sardines, and chunk light tuna are good choices. If you don't like fish, you can
buy fish oil capsules at a health food store Adding fish oils to your diet can reduce pain and stiffness, according to studies
reported in Epidemiology and the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology.
*Avoid foods from the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, paprika, strawberries, mushrooms,
cayenne and tobacco) for one month. If you get no relief, reintroduce each one slowly to see if they affect your symptoms.
Keep a food/symptom diary, writing down your reaction ½ hour after you eat one of the nightshade family foods. See
if you can spot a pattern.
*Eliminate other foods that create pain
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may also be sensitive
to wheat, corn, milk/dairy products and beef. Use a food-symptom diary to find out and eliminate the foods that create or
*Get more vitamin B6
A study by Tufts University researchers reported rheumatoid arthritis patient pain, swelling and
stiffness correlated with low levels of vitamin B6. Foods that contain this vitamin include sunflower seeds, toasted wheat
germ, brown rice, soybeans, white beans, liver, chicken, mackerel, salmon, tuna, bananas, walnuts, peanuts, sweet potatoes
and cooked cabbage.
*Eat foods high in copper
A deficiency of copper can exacerbate arthritic symptoms. Foods rich in copper are almonds, avocados,
barley, beans, dandelion greens, and lentils.
*Get more pantothenic
acid to enhance your wellness
This B-vitamin, can reduce arthritis
symptoms. Foods rich in this vitamin include soy flour, sunflower seeds, dark buckwheat, sesame seeds, brewer's yeast,
peanuts, lobster, wheat bran, broccoli, mushrooms, eggs, oysters, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower.
This artificial sweetener
is found in many bottled or canned drinks and foods. It may make your arthritis worse.
*Eat more "living foods" to enhance wellness
Eating an uncooked vegan diet of fruits, berries, vegetables and roots (carrots, beets, etc.), nuts, germinated seeds
and sprouts provides a rich source of carotenoids (vitamin A precursor), and vitamins C and E, all capable of reducing your
arthritis symptoms, according to a recent report in Toxicology. Bioflavonoid-rich fruits (blueberries, cherries and blackberries)
may also help.
Bioflavonoids bind and strengthen collagen structures
needed to keep your connective tissue healthy. They inhibit inflammation by inhibiting the enzymes that destroy your collagen
and lead to arthritis pain.
*Eat fresh pineapple
Eat half a fresh pineapple daily for one to three weeks. The bromelain in the fruit can reduce
pain and swelling of arthritis, but it must be fresh pineapple to work.
*Eat more foods containing sulfur
Foods that contain sulfur
(garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts and cabbage) regenerate and rebuild cartilage cells and can reduce inflammation and relieve
pain of arthritis.
*Drink more water
Arthritic pain is often due to dehydration, so when you have pain, drink two glasses of water
to reduce symptoms.
*Use more beneficial oils
Certain oils can protect against an inflammatory reactions of arthritis, according to a report
in the British Journal of Nutrition. Oils that can be beneficial include fish oil, olive oil (use for cooking and in salads),
and evening primrose oil.
This article is excerpted from THE AMERICAN
HOLISTIC NURSES' ASSOCIATION GUIDE TO COMMON CHRONIC CONDITIONS: SELF-CARE OPTIONS TO COMPLEMENT YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE
by Carolyn Chambers Clark. See this book for more self-care options.
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