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Osteoarthritis: 6 Foods to Avoid

Diet & osteoarthritis

 

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cushion of cartilage between your joints breaks down and wears away. It can cause severe joint pain and swelling. 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory condition. Its symptoms can be aggravated by eating foods that contribute to inflammation in the body. Avoiding certain foods could help you to avoid triggering OA flare-ups.

 

 

We’ll explore six foods to avoid when you have osteoarthritis.

1. Sugar

sugary foods osteoarthritis avoidSugar-rich carbohydrates, such as processed cakes, cookies, and bakery items, may actually change your body’s immune response to disease according to one study. This reaction can worsen inflammation and leave your strained joints feeling even weaker.

Natural substitutes such as pure maple syrup and honey may appease your sweet tooth without contributing to arthritis symptoms. 

 

 

2. Salt

salt osteoarthritis avoidEating too much salt (sodium) causes your cells to retain water. This means that they swell up.

Your body does need sodium to function. However, eating too much leads to an inflammatory reaction. This can contribute to joint damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans consume too much sodium daily. To cut back on sodium, try swapping out your salt for other spices, like lemon zest, or flavored peppers, like garlic pepper, to enhance your food.

 

3. Fried food

fried foods osteoarthritis avoidThe Arthritis Foundation points out that foods high in saturated fats, such as french fries and donuts, can increase inflammation in the body and make arthritis pain worse.

The chemical reaction in your body caused by the oils used to fry food can raise your cholesterol, too.

Stick with foods that are baked without any oil additives. When you need to use oil to cook with, opt for a small amount of olive or avocado oil instead.

 

4. White flour

white flour osteoarthritis avoidRefined wheat products, like white bread, stimulate your body’s inflammatory response. That’s why eating a lot of refined pastas, cereals, and grain products might make your arthritis pain flare up.

To avoid this, choose whole grains whenever possible. Avoid bread products that have been heavily processed. Gluten-containing whole grains and yeast additives may also impact arthritis pain.

 

 

5. Omega-6 fatty acids

omega 6 osteoarthritis avoidAccording to the Harvard Medical School, you should limit your intake of foods containing omega-6 fatty acids, such as egg yolks and red meat. Saturated fats may increase levels of inflammation in the body, making arthritis pain worse.

Eating foods rich in omega-3s, such as salmon, almonds, and beans, will give you the protein you need without worsening your OA symptoms.

 

 

6. Dairy

dairy products osteoarthritis avoidDairy products are believed to cause inflammation in some people, and that triggers arthritis pain. A study found that people with arthritis who avoided animal milks experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms.

Substitute dairy with a healthy source of fats, like almond milk, or an anti-inflammatory, like flax milk. Make sure to avoid carrageenan in these milks, which is an additive derived from seaweed that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and weaken intestinal permeability.

 

 

Osteoarthritis and alcohol

Most experts discourage drinking alcohol to excess when you have osteoarthritis. Drinking alcohol, especially beer, can contribute to flare-ups because of high purine levels in commercial alcohol products.

Moreover, most arthritis medication should never be mixed with alcohol because it interacts with the effectiveness of the drug and can be dangerous.

 

Takeaway

Foods that people with osteoarthritis should avoid also happen to be foods that interfere with a healthy diet.

Limiting these foods can benefit your arthritis in two ways. First, it reduces levels of inflammation in your body. Second, it may help you lose a bit of weight.

Even small incremental weight loss can make a difference in arthritis symptom severity. Speak to your doctor about how your diet might be affecting your arthritis symptoms.

 

Original article on Healthline

 


 

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How Chiropractic Can Help With Opioids Addiction

 

Need another reason to avoid opioids and embrace drugless options such as chiropractic care for pain relief (not to mention pain prevention)?

 

Try money and manipulation – both used shamelessly by opioid manufacturers to fuel the opioid epidemic, which costs nearly 100 Americans their lives every day.

While growing awareness of the opioid crisis has spurred ongoing changes at both the policy and practice level, it might not have been necessary if not for the relationship between opioid manufacturers and advocacy groups, according to a shocking new report from the U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.

 

Evidence That Can’t Be Ignored

 

Fueling an Epidemic: Exposing the Financial Ties Between Opioid Manufacturers and Third-Party Advocacy Groups “provides the first comprehensive snapshot of the financial connections between opioid manufacturers and advocacy groups and professional societies operating in the area of opioids policy,” according to the executive summary, which outlines the disturbing nature of the “connections” and their impact on the opioid epidemic:

“Disclosures from Purdue Pharma L.P., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mylan N.V., Depomed, Inc., and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. … describe nearly $9 million in payments from these manufacturers to 14 outside groups working on chronic pain and other opioid-related issues between 2012 and 2017. In addition, physicians affiliated with these groups accepted more than $1.6 million in payments from the five manufacturers between 2013 and the present.”

“Initiatives from the groups in this report often echoed and amplified messages favorable to increased opioid use — and ultimately, the financial interests of opioid manufacturers. These groups have issued guidelines and policies minimizing the risk of opioid addiction and promoting opioids for chronic pain, lobbied to change laws directed at curbing opioid use, and argued against accountability for physicians and industry executives responsible for overprescription and misbranding.”

 

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Why Chiropractic Matters More Than Ever

 

If there’s any possible upside to the opioid epidemic, it’s that the crisis is now front and center. Policy- and practice-level changes are being implemented to replace prescription pain-relief medications such as opioids with safer alternatives as the first option – including chiropractic care.

Of course, chiropractors have always practiced drugless care and provided effective, natural pain relief for a variety of conditions. Now, they’re being increasingly recognized for that care not only on its own merits but as a better, safer option that can save lives by helping patients avoid opioids – and the horrible conspiracy that fueled their use and abuse.

Chiropractors didn’t cause the opioid crisis, but they sure can help end it. Talk to your chiropractor for more information.

Article from To Your Health

 

 


 

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Chronic Pain: 7 Foods to Avoid

Chronic pain affects many people and fibromyalgia is the most common form. This chronic condition is characterized by symptoms like muscle pain, fatigue, depression, and sleeping disorders.

Latest studies suggest that the central sensation, in which neurons in the spinal cord are sensitized by inflammations or cell damage, could get involved in the same way people with fibromyalgia process pain. The food you eat may contain chemicals that trigger the neurotransmitters, which increases the sensitivity.

 

1. Reduce The Intake of Sugar And Artificial Sweeteners

High insulin levels affect the condition and thus worsen pain and inflammation. Reduce the sugar intake and the foods that contain hidden sugar.

Sugar cravings appear once in a while but focus on eating more fresh fruits. Aspartame, sorbitol, and xylitol are sugar-free artificial sweeteners, but they contain compounds that transform sensitivity to pain and also trigger irritable bowel syndrome. Making your own food and eating whole foods is the best way to avoid hidden sugars.

 

2. Caffeine is No Good For You

Scientists associate chronic pain and fibromyalgia with insufficient sleep and fatigue. People drink too much coffee so they can go through the day more easily. Coffee provides the desired effect, but in the long run, it can largely affect your good night’s sleep.

 

 

3. Avoid Gluten And Yeast

These are contained in baked goods and pastry. Regular consumption of these products stimulate the growth of yeast and fungus and thus increase the pain.

 

 

4. Remove Dairy Products From Your Diet

Dairy and many other animal products contain a protein that worsens arthritis and fibromyalgia. It irritates the tissue around the joints, which worsens the pain. Think about going vegan, as this decision has helped many people to cure chronic diseases.

 

 

5. Say No To Refined Carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates, similar to sugar, can increase insulin levels and worsen any chronic condition. Always choose low-carb, low-sugar foods and often eat plant-based meals.

 

 

6. Tobacco and alcohol harm your body and trigger severe health conditions including diseases that affect the joints

Statistics have shown that smokers have a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and people who consume alcohol regularly are more likely to develop gout.

 

7. Food additives Are Dangerous

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other food additives cause additional problems for people with chronic pain, by stimulating pain receptors and increasing pain. Producers add MSG to fast food and prepackaged foods to enhance their taste.

 

 

Source: Healthy Food House

 


 

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5 Things You Should Know About Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain issues, it’s important that your friends and family know what you’re going through.

With this in mind, here are 5 things to know about chronic pain that you can share with your loved ones:

 

  1. Chronic pain is real

People with chronic pain are often treated as if they are making up (or at least exaggerating) their pain. But the truth is that all pain is real, even if there is no known cause. Additionally, almost all people with chronic pain want nothing more than to be pain-free.

So what your friend or family member needs from you is your support and kindness, not condemnation. Statements like “Get over it” or “It can’t be that bad” don’t accomplish anything other than to discourage those with chronic pain.

Thankfully, there is an increasing consensus in the medical community that all chronic pain is real, and that it needs to be treated even if there is no known cause.

 

  1. Chronic pain commonly leads to disuse syndrome

Chronic pain issues often leads to long-term lack of physical activity and a condition recognized as disuse syndrome. This syndrome can negatively impact your musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, psychological, and emotional processes. At its worst, disuse syndrome leads to a pervasive lack of wellness that in and of itself can be debilitating.

Of note, disuse syndrome can both perpetuate and increase the likelihood of chronic pain worsening over time.

 

  1. Chronic pain commonly leads to sleep-related problems

Chronic pain can create a troubling cycle when it comes to sleep. That is, chronic pain can make it harder to sleep, and in turn a lack of sleep can make chronic pain worse.

Common sleep-related problems caused by chronic pain issues include an inability to fall asleep, constantly waking up at night, and not feeling refreshed upon waking up in the morning. Because of the close connection between sleep problems and chronic pain, the two need to be treated together.

 

  1. Pain is deeply personal

Every person’s experience of pain is different. For example, two people may have the same condition, and one may display no ill-effects, while the other may be incapacitated. When it comes to back pain, this is especially true. Two people can have the same type of herniated disc, but one feels only slight discomfort and the other feels burning, debilitating sciatic pain.

There are a number of possible reasons for this, including individual physiology, a person’s upbringing, etc.

 

  1. Happiness does not equal health

Often times, when a person with chronic pain is smiling or having a “good day,” people assume that the person is not experiencing pain. However, this is not necessarily the case.

It is important to recognize that a person can be happy and at the same time be experiencing pain. So be careful to not assume that a friend or loved one is “healed” simply because they seem to be enjoying themselves.

 

The bottom line

There are so many secondary and related issues that accompany chronic pain issues that it would be a real challenge to address them all. This list is intended to at least get the conversation started—and for anyone living with any type of chronic pain, please pass this along to your loved ones to help them better understand and support you.

If you have chronic pain, you may also find it does you a world of good to have increased emotional support, more effective and sustainable pain management, and even possibly harnessing the power of your mind to assist in coping with the pain.

As seen on Spine-Health: http://www.spine-health.com/blog/5-things-you-should-know-about-chronic-pain

 


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