As we age, our joints begin to creak and pain and we develop what we may say with a smile is “a touch of rheumatism.” Rheumatism, though, is no laughing matter, as these aches and pains can take a severe toll on our quality of life. It does not develop overnight. Rheumatoid arthritis is basically an inflammatory disease that develops over years as we neglect our health. Though it cannot be prevented, it can be managed better if we take up an active lifestyle and consume more foods that can keep inflammation at bay. This is a disease that is characterized by flare-ups. So, those who have a tendency to have such flare-ups of joint pain need to rest when they such episodes and maintain an active lifestyle when they don’t. Diet also plays a key role in fighting inflammation. So, what are these foods that can fight inflammation?
It is important to stick to a diet that is nutritious, get the five recommended servings of fruits and vegetables in a day and minimize junk food. Getting adequate protein and calcium is important as these are needed to keep the joints and bones strong. There is plenty of debate about omega-6 versus omega-3 and it appears that fatty fish having omega-6 like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are really good when it comes to tackling inflammation. So, it might be time to switch from steak to salmon. If you don’t particularly, fish oil supplements are a good substitute.
Another step you can take is to cut out all refined and processed flour and replace that with wholegrains. This would involve switching from lasagna and pasta to wholewheat bread. Taking in more greens like spinach, broccoli which are good sources of vitamin E can protect the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are packed with antioxidants which can help the body to repair the damage caused by inflammation. Nuts, leafy greens and fish are all part of the famous Mediterranean diet which has been proved in many studies to reduce inflammation in a period as short as six weeks.
Low-fat dairy, especially yogurt is vital for boosting bone health as it is a good source of calcium. Spices like turmeric, ginger and clove pack a powerful punch in your fight against inflammation. Berries lie blueberries and blackberries have a high level of anti-oxidants.
Armed with this information, start your fight to counter inflammation right now. Switch to healthier foods, maintain an active lifestyle and you have a much better chance of taking on arthritis and winning.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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