Snap. Crackle. Pop.
If you are thinking of the well loved breakfast cereal Rice Krispies, good job, but try again. What is an inflammation of the joint that causes limited movement and pain, in addition to a little popping? Ding Ding Ding!
The dreaded word: Arthritis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 million Americans have arthritis — and by 2030 that number is expected to jump to 67 million. With our beloved Baby Boomer Generation increasing in age, accompanied by a desire to remain fit and participating in normal activities, resources on arthritis have abounded. You can find a number of resources online, from low-impact aneorobic exercise routines, outlines on the joints and synovial fluid, all the way to diet and food regimens.
Because of ACCFamily‘s extensive track record in caring for patients with arthritis and managing pain, we wanted to add our own harmony to the chorus of resources. Below you will find a list of foods that can act as a small change in your diet, but yield big results. When you hear facts such as, “Every pound you carry around your belly adds 10 lbs on your joints,” it spurs one to action! Check out the list, then head to the grocery store to try out some of the recipes below!
- Fatty fish (salmon, herring, sardines) or any other food with omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, soy beans, flax seeds, canola oil and pumpkin seeds. (Try Maple Glazed Salmon.)
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Sweet peppers, citrus fruits and other vitamin C-rich foods (Spicy Stuffed Sweet Peppers)
- Brazil nuts (Try Cocoa Brazil Nuts)
- Onions and leeks (Try Portobello and Leek Carbonara)
- Tart cherries
- Green tea
What to avoid:
- Shellfish, red meat (only if you have gout)
- Sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oils