Relieving chronic joint pain can be as simple as eliminating certain foods from your daily diet. Some foods are known to cause flare-ups of joint pain in people prone to arthritis.
Approximately a third of arthritis sufferers are sensitive to foods that trigger inflammation, including those in the Solanacea or “nightshade” family. These include white potato, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers (cayenne, paprika) and tobacco.
Foods Which Commonly Cause Inflammatory Allergic Reactions Are:
Wheat and other grains with gluten – almost all breads, crackers, cookies, pasta, pancakes, bagels, etc… yes, eliminating gluten is one of the most challenging things to do, but it’s possible. Today it’s easier than ever before with the many gluten-free products on the market. Eat corn (not wheat) tortillas and brown rice whenever possible. Do this for two weeks to find out if this is the cause of your inflammatory response.
Dairy – this is probably the second most difficult food to give up! It includes butter, sour cream, cheese, milk, cream, yogurt – anything made with milk or milk products. Again, while challenging, it is easier today with the many dairy-free products available at the store. If you haven’t yet tried almond or soy milk, you may be surprise how tasty it can be and easy to substitute for regular milk in your recipes. Don’t substitute artificial creamer because most contain harmful trans fats.
Try eliminating these three groups of foods – nightshade family, gluten and dairy – one at a time to test for sensitivity. First, give up the nightshade group completely for two weeks, then add them, one at a time. If/when you start to feel bad, you’ve identified which food you need to avoid. Do the same with gluten – completely stop gluten foods for two weeks, then eat a slice of bread and then all the wheat you want for a week. Then add other grains, one each week. And then do the same trial with dairy foods.
This can be a difficult process. But well worth it, if you can identify those foods which send your body’s inflammatory response into overdrive, triggering daily joint discomfort and limited mobility. The information you’ll gain is something you’ll benefit from for the rest of your life.
Have you tried this or other ways of relieving joint pain naturally?
WomenToWomen.com: Joint Pain and Arthritis – Quieting the inflammatory noise.
AboutInflammation.com: Foods that Cause Inflammation