Friday, March 19, 2010
Link Between Arthritis and Diet
Diet is often linked to many health conditions and in some cases a change in diet can alter the way your body is reacting. For example, people with Adult Onset Diabetes can effectively change their disease by simply altering their diet. The same can be said of some types of arthritis. There is a definite link between arthritis and diet that if followed can help alleviate symptoms and bring relief from suffering.
One type of arthritis that can be helped with diet is gout. Gout is an extremely painful condition that is characterized by attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The affected area, usually the feet, is swollen, red, tender to the touch and hot. Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid building up in the blood. This acid crystallizes and settles in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. Diet can play a large role in keeping bouts of gout from occurring as frequently. Gout is often caused by diets high meats, seafood, sugar, and alcohol. When these items are decreased in the diet the attacks of gout are less frequent.
Diet can also play a part in arthritis due to weight being a factor in arthritis pain. If you are heavier than you should be and you have arthritis your body is dealing with extra stress on its joints. Eating a healthy diet that keeps your weight under control is one way you can incorporate your diet into your arthritis treatment.
Food allergies are also thought to be triggers of arthritis attacks. According to Diet and Nutrition, some foods that are known to cause the immune system to malfunction are caffeine, dairy products, salt, red meats, chocolate, sugar, additives and preservatives and dairy products. Knowing that these foods are immune system related and allergen triggers makes it possible that they are responsible for triggering attacks of asthma.
The link between diet and arthritis is not always scientifically proven; however, you can determine if your body is reacting to a certain food by removing it from your diet for a period of time. If you don’t have an arthritis flare up, put the food back in your diet and see if you have an arthritis attack. You can do this on your own to find the link in your diet to your arthritis attacks.
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