Top Recommendation for Dealing with Chronic Arthritis:
Many people have become aware that frequent use of pharmaceutical drugs for easing the symptoms of chronic diseases can have harmful side effects. Here are top foods and recommendations that help to ease arthritis symptoms:
1. Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids:
Omega 3 fatty acids can help to reduce the production of chemicals that cause inflammation. The imbalances between omega 6 and omega 3 can trigger inflammatory issues. It is important to cut down junk foods, processed foods and hydrogenated vegetable oils from your diet and instead consume higher levels of good omega 3 fatty acids in foods like avocado, flaxssed, chai and hemp seeds, wild salmon, raw nuts including cashews, olive oil and grapeseed oil.
Wild salmon is the lowest mercury fish (0.09) and contains vitamin D and can help to prevent swelling and inflammation. Add walnut, cashews, Brazilian nuts and flaxseed to your daily smoothies or salads.
2. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C
Fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C can fight against inflammation that is the root of many chronic diseases including arthritis and cancer.
1000-2000 milligrams of vitamin C is recommended daily by some doctors to fight off flu, colds, nutritional deficiencies and viruses. Some doctors even believe that large doses of intravenous vitamin C (10,000 milligrams/day) can fight off and beat some cancers.
Keep in mind that a lot of vitamin C is destroyed during processing and manufacturing the supplements, so it’s much better to consume foods that have high levels of vitamin C and other essential micornutrients.
Here are the list of fruits and vegetables that you should include in your every day diet:
- Papaya (raw): 180mg vitamin C, and high in vitamin A.
- Kiwi (raw): 160mg vitamin C, and high in vitamin K.
- Herbs, cilantro, chives, parsley, thyme, basil (raw): 120mg of vitamin C.
- Kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, chard, spinach (raw): 120mg of vitamin C.
- Bell peppers, sweet, green, yellow, red (raw): 120mg vitamin C
- Strawberries (raw): 95mg vitamin C, and high fiber and antioxidant.
- Broccoli (raw): 90mg vitamin C, and multi-nutrient, cancer fighting properties esp. in women, and detox fibrous benefits.
- Tomatoes (raw, cooked, or sundried): 90mg vitamin C
- Mango (raw): 98mg vitamin C, and high in vitamin A
- Oranges (raw): 90mg vitamin C
- Grapefruits, pink and red (raw): 70mg vitamin C, and
- Cauliflower (raw): 50mg vitamin C, and plenty of vitamin K, folate and dietary fiber.
3. Herbs and spices:
Herbs and spices are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. Herbs and spices including burdock root, nettle, turmeric, licorice, cayenne, lemon, lavender, thunder god vine and ginger are anti-inflammatory and can ease arthritis symptoms.
4. Green Tea, apple cider vinegar, cherries and berries:
Antioxidant foods like green tea can lower the production of substances that cause inflammation and joint damage especially in people with arthritis.
Mountain Meadow Herbs has wide range of green herbal teas with different spices.
Raw (unpasteurized) organic apple cider vinegar, berries including goji berries and blueberries and cherries are also great for reducing inflammation.
5. Colloidal Silver:
Arthritis is inflammatory autoimmune system disorder and it happens when the immune system attacks joint tissues and causes pain in joints.
Colloidal silver has been known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can promote immune system by killing more than 500 microbial. Colloidal silver can promote immune system and help arthritis since bacteria travels through bloodstream. Colloidal silver has been known to fight against infections and diseases, like candida, yeast infection, warts, allergies, acne, psoriasis, hay fever, ringworms, cystitis, diabetes, eczema and athletes foot disease.
Foods to avoid:
1.Meat, dairy and shellfish:
People with arthritis should avoid red meat, clams, oysters, mussels and dairy products. It’s better to stay away from lean meat or poultry and instead have wild salmon, red beans or lentils for protein.
2. Avoid corn, sunflower, safflower, canola and soybean oils:
Majority of foods like corn, soybean and canola have been genetically modified. They are also high source of omega 6 fatty acids that can increase inflammation. Keep in mind most snacks, processed foods and prepared foods are made with crappy and cheap oils that can promote free radicals in the body. Instead use olive oil for salad dressings and organic grapeseed oil for cooking.
Sugar increases inflammation and although it’s an energy booster at the first, it gives you sugar rush and causes fatigue. Consuming sugary foods also promotes weight gain and put more pressure on the joints.
Sugar doesn’t only come in the form of white processed powder but also other foods like white bread, white rice, potatoes, baked products, canned foods, sodas and all sugary beverages, convenient foods, fast foods, processed foods and even most wholesome cereals. If you like rice it’s better to replace white rice with organic brown rice with less sugar and more fiber.