“When you have arthritis, your body is in an inflammatory state. What you eat may not only increase inflammation, it can also set you up for other chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.” – The Arthritis Foundation
“…I am a 43-year old wife and mother of two grade-schoolers and have had severe rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 10 years…Things that most people take for granted, for example sleeping, bathing, brushing one’s teeth, getting dressed, making meals, and even driving a car, are extremely challenging for me.”
Indeed, individuals fortunate enough to avoid arthritis take some things for granted. As this brave mother just explained, her symptoms make every day activities difficult.
Contrary to popular belief, arthritis involves a wide array of symptoms: loss of motion, joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common.
Here are some quick facts about this complex disease:
-There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and closely related diseases.
-One in every four arthritis patients “say it causes severe pain (seven or higher on a zero to 10-point scale.”
– The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout.
THE ROLE FOOD PLAYS
Certain foods stimulate an inflammatory response, and certain foods suppress an inflammatory response. The context of this article focuses on the foods to avoid with arthritis – and some suggested alternatives.
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