We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat,” but when it comes to inflammation, this phrase is especially true. If you have arthritis or another form of chronic joint pain, your body is in an inflammatory state, triggering pain and other symptoms. Consuming foods that cause inflammation can exacerbate your symptoms and possibly lead to other chronic conditions.
If you suffer from joint pain, try limiting these top 6 inflammatory foods in your diet.
Please note that you should always speak with your medical provider before making any changes to your diet.
1. Saturated and Trans Fats
Saturated and trans fats are found in animal products such as red meat, poultry, and full-fat dairy. They are also found in processed foods made with hydrogenated vegetable oils like margarine, shortening, and some types of cooking oil. These fats can increase inflammation by raising “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and promoting oxidative stress. Fast foods, fried products and sweet pastries are other common places where these types of fat may exist.
2. Omega-6 Fatty Acids
You may have heard of Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, you may take Omega-3 supplements today to help improve heart health. However, Omega-6 fatty acids are something entirely different. Omega-6 is an essential fatty acid that your body needs for healthy development, but consuming too much through corn oils, peanut oils, mayonnaise and salad dressings (to name a few) can cause an inflammatory response.
Mono-sodium glutamate or MSG is a food additive initially used for its flavor-enhancing effects. However, MSG can lead to chronic inflammation and other health problems. MSG is often found in Asian food, processed meats, canned soups and fast food.
4. Refined Carbohydrates
Refined carbohydrates are sugars and starches that have been stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals during processing. They include white flour, white rice, table sugar, corn syrup and other high-fructose corn syrups. Consuming refined carbohydrates can cause blood sugar spikes, leading to inflammation and insulin resistance. These foods are often found in processed snacks, desserts, cereals and other packaged products.
Drinking alcohol – especially in excessive quantities – can lead to inflammation. Too much alcohol consumption can also damage the liver and other organs, leading to further inflammation.
6. Processed Meats
Processed meats are those that have been treated with preservatives, flavorings, or other chemicals. These can include bacon, sausage, lunch meats and hot dogs. Processed meats are high in saturated and trans fats, which can promote inflammation.
Treating Pain and Inflammation at Rejuvinix
While you may not be able to eliminate all inflammatory foods from your diet, limiting these seven types of foods may help to reduce your joint pain and inflammation. However, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet.
In addition, there are many natural supplements that may help treat pain and inflammation. However, if your pain hasn’t subsided with home remedies, it may be time to seek advanced therapies from Rejuvinix.
Rejuvinix provides groundbreaking, non-surgical treatments to help eliminate knee and joint pain caused by inflammation, arthritis and many other health conditions. Our personalized approach is always tailored based on each patient’s unique needs and lifestyle, so you can be sure to get the best possible treatment. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you start living a life free from pain!