5+ facts you need to know about Osteoarthritis and diet
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Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition and it is important to understand what foods and drink need to be avoided in your Osteoarthritis diet, so that they will not worsen your symptoms. For example you need to monitor the amount of salt that you consume in your diet as eating too much sodium causes your cells to retain water. This means they swell up. Eating too much salt leads to an inflammatory reaction. This can contribute to joint damage. So it is advised that you avoid too much salt in your osteoarthritis diet.
Anti-inflammatory foods, however may possibly help with an improved quality of life through the lessening of the painful symptoms of OA. So the Mediterranean diet for example is often encouraged for Osteoarthritis sufferers.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best diet for Osteoarthritis?
A new study says that the best diet for osteoarthritis relief may be the Mediterranean diet. It works best for osteoarthritis pain relief. Watch the video in this more in depth post which compares diets including the Mediterranean, Low Carb, Vegan and Keto diets to see which works best for you.
Read more in depth information about the Mediterranean diet too.
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Can the Mediterranean Diet help my Osteoarthritis?
The Mediterranean Diet helps to reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and beans. It is also low in processed foods and saturated fat. It is both good for your overall health, and can also help manage your chronic disease activity. The diet is frequently encouraged for its anti-ageing and disease-fighting powers. More in-depth information can be found in my article Can the Mediterranean Diet help my Osteoarthritis?
Can you cure Osteoarthritis with diet?
You can’t cure your osteoarthritis through your diet. But some people do seem to find that their symptoms do improve when they change what they eat. The best advice is to make sure that you have a wide and varied diet. Ensure that you get all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body needs. This will help to keep you in the best possible health. Additional factors such as weight management, symptom management, exercise and self care will also affect the quality of your life, living with Osteoarthritis.
Use a BMI (body mass index) calculator to see if you are a healthy weight
Are you scared that doing exercise to lose weight will only worsen your pain? Read this article How Much Pain Is Too Much Pain?
What food and drink should Osteoarthritis sufferers avoid?
What foods are good for Osteoarthritis?
When your body’s immune system reacts to a disease, injury or irritation it becomes inflamed. The symptoms of inflammation are redness, swelling, and pain. Inflammation is therefore both a cause and a symptom, of osteoarthritis. Eating foods that contain anti-inflammatory substances may help you with your OA. Foods such as:
- Leafy greens
- Green Tea
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