A huge number of people suffer from acute pain in the joints. This problem isn’t connected with people’s age or gender, but it can significantly worsens even the simplest daily activities. The worst of all is that it can often lead to swelling, inflammation, and discomfort.
The pain and discomfort that people feel can vary from acute to chronic, from mild to severe.
The causes of the joint pain can be different. Sometimes the reason can be aggravated by certain foods, but sometimes the reason can be a health problem including gout and arthritis on one hand and strained muscles, injuries, lupus, leukemia, dislocated or broken bones, bursitis or fibromyalgia on the other hand.
Here is a list of foods you should avoid in the case of joint pain:
Sugar and artificial sugars
Extra sugar amounts can often lead to inflammation, weight gain, pressure on the joints and more AGEs. Sugar generates cytokines, the inflammation agent activates.
You should be more careful with your daily drinks, too. If you suffer from joint pain, you should definitely avoid sweet drinks and sodas. Three years ago, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a very interesting study about the foods that might contribute to the manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis in women.
According to this study, you should consume golden syrup, honey, or Stevia, and need to avoid foods that contain extra sugar like candies, sweets, sweetened cereals, pastries, and snacks.
Red and processed meat
It is not a secret that red and processed meats contain chemical purine and nitrite, toxins like glycation and products AGEs. A very famous study at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014), clearly shows that the glucan in red meat supports the cancer growth and aggravates inflammation.
Another study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proves the connection between red meat and inflammation markers.
Daily consumption of eggs, is connected with swelling and inflammation. Yolk contains arachidonic acid, so it worsens the inflammation. On the other hand, eggs have saturated fats, which have harmful effects.
Consuming alcohol has a negative effect on the joint pain. The main reason is that it is rich in purines and gluten. Purines are converted to uric acid which is harmful to joint pain and gluten is harmful to fragile joints.
Dairy are rich with protein. Protein actually irritates the surrounding joint tissues and worsens the pain, claims Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
It is also very important for you to replace foods like cheese, butter and milk, with foods like tofu, margarine, soy or almond milk, because as we mention before, saturated fats are not good for the pain joints.
Grains and refined flour
Daily consumption of grain cereals and wheat items is not a good choice for you. They are often link with diabetes, risk of heart issues, chronic autoimmune diseases, and even cancer. At the same time, they have a high glycemic index which supports inflammation and stimulates more AGEs.
So, instead of grain and refined flour, try to consume whole grain, brown rice, almond or coconut oils.
Monosodium glutamate foods
We all enjoy consuming tasty foods, but the MSG additive which is added in these foods for better flavor, is actually extremely bad and causes rheumatoid arthritis.
Excessive levels of uric acid produced by casein leads to joint inflammation. This is known as gout. People who are sensitive to gluten are prone to gout.
A study by The Journal Nutrition Biochemistry (2013), proved that foods without gluten reduce adiposity, inflammation, and insulin resistance.
Omega 6 acids are dangerous to our health, because they lead to inflammation. Corn oil is one of the foods which are rich in omega 6 acids. But be careful, you should not remove omega 5 acids completely from your diet, but you should definitely avoid salad dressings, peanuts, safflower oil, grape seeds and soy.
Junk foods and table salt are high in chemicals and additives, so they are not a good choice for you. To prevent the loss of calcium which is crucial for the bones, eat table salt in reduced amounts, or simply replace it with sea salt or Himalayan pink salt.