What Are Inflammatory Foods

Foods that cause inflammation are refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries. French fries and other fried foods. soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
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Sarah Holvik, Nutritionist, discusses Why are Anti-Inflammatory Foods Important?

Quiz: Do You Understand Inflammatory Foods & Arthritis?

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Depression and anxiety are not more common in people with arthritis.

According to the CDC, people with arthritis are about twice as likely to experience anxiety or depression. Patients may struggle with managing a chronic health condition, having to seek frequent medical care, being unemployed or not being able to do the things they enjoy because of arthritis.

Going gluten-free may ease arthritis symptoms.

Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Some research has shown that eating gluten can increase inflammation in the body.

Regular exercise may help reduce inflammation.

Even one 20-minute session of moderate exercise can stimulate the immune system, according to research done by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Exercise produces an anti-inflammatory cellular response, which may reduce arthritis symptoms.

There is one special arthritis diet patients should follow.

There is no one arthritis diet that's right for everyone. However, many patients can reduce inflammation with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts; and low in saturated fats and processed foods.

If you follow an anti-inflammatory diet, you won't need arthritis medication.

While lifestyle and diet changes can help, some people will require medication to relieve arthritis symptoms. Common arthritis medications include NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), corticosteroids, DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) and biologics.
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Sarah Holvik, Nutritionist, discusses What are Anti-Inflammatory Foods?

Why Are Anti-Inflammatory Foods Important?

We need foods with anti-inflammatory properties in our diet, because inflammation is a starting point for many different chronic diseases. These include cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and obesity.

For example, people with arthritis can benefit from anti-inflammatory foods by experiencing decreased joint pain, increased mobility, increased flexibility in their joints, as well as decreased overall pain in their bodies.

If you have more questions, please contact your local doctor, or pharmacist, or registered dietitian.

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Holvik, Nutritionist, Vancouver, BC

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What are good Foods for Arthritis

Anti-inflammatory foods are foods with anti-inflammatory effects on the body and it’s because of the nutrients that they contain.

So the vitamins and the minerals and the omega fats and the different phytochemicals that are in the fruits and vegetables that we eat. These all contribute to an anti-inflammatory effect on the overall body.

Some examples of foods with anti-inflammatory effects are the fruits and vegetables as I mentioned, which contain phytonutrients as well as the vitamins and minerals. And the rule of thumb there is that the brighter the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more anti-inflammatory it will actually be on the body.

Nuts and seeds and whole grains also have very good anti-inflammatory effects on the body, and this is because of the fiber that they contain, but also the healthy fats that they contain. So the omega-3s as I mentioned have a very strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Another great anti-inflammatory food choice is fish. So the fattier fish, such as salmon and mackerel and tuna, these all contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have potent anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

If you don’t think you’re getting enough anti-inflammatory properties from the foods that you’re eating, you can look at many of the great supplements on the market today. Consult your local pharmacist or doctor or registered dietician if you need help with choosing some of these supplements. Local Rheumatologist

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