Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tips for Handling Arthritis Inflammation

If you suffer from arthritis you are probably open to any advice and willing to try most anything within reason and depending on how severe your suffering is you might even try outlandish treatment suggestions. Thankfully you don’t have to reach for the outlandish treatments when looking for tips on handling arthritis inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of the pain in arthritis sufferers and if you can control that you can control the pain.
Nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer explains that certain foods and your overall diet are the major tip for fighting inflammation that you should use. There are anti-inflammatory medications that you can use but if you follow these tips on anti-inflammatory foods you will find that you get relief that lasts.

The first tip is to keep your weight under control. Not only are you putting extra stress on your joints and increasing your pain you are increasing your inflammation when you have extra body fat. Body fat is metabolically active and can cause an increase in inflammation due to the chemicals and hormones it produces in your body. Reduce your body fat and you reduce the levels of these chemicals and the swelling that goes along with them.

There are foods that you should avoid in order to prevent swelling include saturated fats, trans fats, simple and refined carbohydrates. These foods should be limited or even excluded all together if you want to keep your inflammation at the lowest levels possible.

It’s not always about what to exclude, you also need to make sure you include certain foods to help with inflammation. These foods include Omega-3 fatty acids like you find in salmon, mackerel, fish oil supplements, oysters, flaxseed oil, walnuts, soybeans, and omega-3 fortified eggs.

Olive oil contains antioxidants called polyphenols which protect the body from inflammation and have been proven to reduce arthritis inflammation. You should use olive oil for your salads and in place of other oils in your cooking.
Using these simple tips for handling arthritis inflammation and altering your diet slightly you can control your arthritis symptoms and live a pain free life for many years.

Joy Bauer, MSN http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/18023958/ns/today_health/

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