Inflammatory Foods,
Consider avoiding to achieve
Natural remission in RA




A healthy diet, avoiding inflammatory foods is very different from the typical American diet and can be a very effective treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis for many people.

Often times people reduce the intake of inflammatory foods but fail to recognize all the hidden places, generally in processed foods, that these foods are being consumed. Many arthritic symptoms are triggered by allergies. Repeated exposure to these allergens can cause antioxidant levels to fall, causing antibodies to become activated, and attack joint tissue.

The food we eat each day creates the environment of our digestive tract. When we are consuming foods that our body does not tolerate well our digestion will become “sluggish” leading to any number of health challenges.

Worse yet is when we are eating substances that the body does not recognize as “food”. The body does not know what to do this these substances, thereby putting a stress on all of the body’s organs.

The goal of avoiding certain foods is to reduce exposure to allergens, improve our digestion and thereby improve over all wellness and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

The following is a list of inflammatory foods that everyone could consider either avoiding completely or limiting to achieve maximum health. Click on any of the links below to learn more about each food.

  • DAIRY >(All pasteurized dairy products) - AVOID

  • REFINED SUGARS (white sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, corn syrup, processed corn fructose, turbinado sugar, etc) - AVOID

  • CHEMICAL SUGAR SWEETENERS - AVOID

  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein) - AVOID

  • ALCOHOL - AVOID

  • CAFFEINE - AVOID

  • RED MEAT - Reduce or Avoid all grain fed red meat. Organic Grass Fed Beef or Game meat can be included in a healthy diet for most people, you need to test for yourself if it works for you.

  • PROCESSED FOODS - Reduce or Avoid

  • COMMON TABLE SALT - AVOID

    OTHER FOODS TO BE CAUTIOUS OF:

    Often in regards to Rheumatoid Arthritis it is advised to avoid the Night Shade Vegetables. This group of foods can be easily tested by avoiding the entire group for a week to a month while monitoring progress. After a period of avoidance, slowly allowing these foods back into the diet, monitoring the effect, will tell you if these are foods that your body can or can not tolerate. The only problem with testing this food group is, for some reason you may not react immediately, the reaction could be 2 days later.

    Keep in mind when avoiding this group of foods that if you are eating processed foods, you are not likely to be completely eliminating the night shade vegetables as they are found in most processed foods and sauces.

    Nightshade veg. include, egg plant, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers (excepting black pepper) and tobacco.

    Another test would be with Gluten. Gluten intolerance is common, specially for people who originate from Europe or Northern Europe. Most people who are intollerant to gluten are also sensitive to homogenized Dairy products, yet can tollerate Whole Milk (non homogenized) dairy products.

    Celiac disease is also seemingly on the rise and is now becoming recognized earier than in past years when people had to be literally on their death bed before being diagnosed. There are tests doctors can do to determine if a person has Celiac Disease.

    It is not so difficult to test for gluten intollerance for yourself, although many people feel it’s challenging to learn to eat a diet with no gluten. One would remove all gluten products and homogenized Dairy products for a minium of 60 days to determine if this is a problem for them.

    Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. A higher than average number of people who suffer from autoimmune disorders are allergic or intollerant to gluten. Gluten is considered an inflammatory food that many people would do better without.

    Gluten is hidden in most processed foods and sauces so to avoid gluten one must do much more than avoid flour.

    LINKS

    http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/38/11/1039





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    This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.

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