The modern American diet contains multiple foods that trigger arthritis pain. Today we’re going to look at the 5 most common. But before we talk about these 5 foods that trigger arthritis pain it’s important to understand the cause.
Because once you understand the cause, then you can see how these foods continue to contribute to your pain.
Now there are several types of arthritis. But what is common to all of them is:
Chronic Inflammation and Fibrin!
Chronic inflammation causes pain and damage to your joints and bones. Sometimes this chronic inflammation is caused by your immune system attacking your joints as in rheumatoid arthritis.
Sometimes, like in gout, it is caused by the improper elimination of uric acid. This then inflames the joints, usually in the ankle area, causing inflammation.
And most people center their treatment program on trying to use medications to eliminate the inflammation. All medications do is mask the pain. Some may temporarily reduce the inflammation.
But that method is like trying to put out a forest fire.
On one side are the brave fireman trying dose the flames with water and chemicals. But if you have a forest of dried underbrush and grasses that continue to feed the fire, then your chances for relief diminish.
And, as in a forest fire, there is resulting damage that takes time to heal.
Which brings us to back to you and your arthritis.
Inflammation causes tissue damage. This tissue damage causes our body to treat it as an injury. This results in a tough protein substance called fibrin to be formed as part of the healing process.
However, chronic inflammation causes the body to continue to treat this as an injury. This results in excessive fibrin, which is a contributing factor of arthritis and joint inflammation.
Most people don’t know about this issue. And unless you address both chronic inflammation and fibrin, you’re arthritic pain will continue to increase.
To help you address all of this I’m preparing the following articles:
5 Foods That Trigger Arthritis Pain – today’s article
5 Foods To Ease Arthritis Pain – next article
Proteolytic Enzymes To Address Fibrin – final article
Let’s finish today’s article by identifying these 5 foods. They are:
Gluten Containing Foods
Blackened or Charred Foods
I’ve listed them based on potential for damage as well as likelihood for consumption. Let’s look at each of them.
Sugar – It is amazing how sugar is disguised to prevent you from noticing it as an ingredient. Here’s just a sample: glucose, dextrose, fructose, galactose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, and corn syrup just to name a few.
All sugars cause oxidative stress that leads to inflammation. And if you continue to feed your body with foods that contain sugar, then you’re creating an environment for chronic inflammation.
If you have arthritic pain, then the key is to reduce your sugar intake to a bare minimum each day.
Gluten Containing Foods – Any foods that use wheat in their ingredient list contain gluten. For some, gluten can cause extreme issues with the lining of the digestive system. For most people, gluten combined with sugar, creates what is called a Leaky Gut. This allows toxins from your digestive system to enter your blood stream.
These toxins travel throughout your body causing inflammation. Especially in your joints and muscles.
Now, if you like pasta and bread, then the easiest method to reduce your gluten intake is to choose pastas and breads that are gluten free. There are plenty of choices. And most of them are pretty good in taste and texture.
Processed Foods – Whether is be fast foods, or prepared meals we buy at the store to save time in cooking, all contained ingredients to prevent them from spoiling. And while these ingredients help to prevent bacterial growth, when consumed they cause inflammation.
Plus many processed foods use vegetable oils like corn, soybean, peanut and sunflower which are high in omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids trigger inflammation in your body.
Now if you’re being honest, most people consume these 3 foods that trigger arthritis pain. If you eliminate them, or substantially reduce your intake of them, then you will see a significant reduction in inflammation and pain.
But what about the final 2 foods.
Blackened or Charred Foods – You most likely consume more of these foods in the summer time with outdoor grilling. But any foods cooked at high heat produces what are called AGEs or Advanced Glycation End products. This is when sugars bind with proteins. They trigger inflammation in your body.
The key is to reduce this to a minimum. Have the occasional barbecue or charred burger, but limit it to no more that once a week at best.
Alcohol – Alcohol in moderation is fine. This means no more that 2 drinks per day for men and 1 for women. But once you go beyond this, then all you’re doing is adding an additional ingredient that results in chronic inflammation.
Now once you’ve reduce or eliminated these 5 food that trigger arthritis pain, then you can replace them with foods that ease arthritis pain. We’ll talk about these foods in my next article.
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