Diet for Arthritis is based on two principles. The first being reducing inflammation, and the second being reducing or maintaining optimal weight (as increasing weight puts more pressure and wear-tear on the lower limb joints and back, commonly affected by Osteoarthritis and Spondylitis respectively).
The following 10 tips can help to adapt the right diet for arthritis, and reduce flares and severity of arthritic symptoms, and can complement medicines being taken-
- Include abundant fruits in the daily diet (especially berries and grapes)
- Diet should be rich in green vegetables (especially beans, broccoli, and spinach)
- Include regular intake of Yogurts (preferably low fat)
- Sources of Omega 3 fats (fish, fish oils, canola oil, walnuts, flaxseeds) must be part of at least one daily meal or snack.
- Olive oil is a good choice for cooking
- Use whole grain items (bread/flour for chapati)
- Garnish food with good amounts of ginger, garlic, and turmeric.
- Salt intake should be kept to around 6g/day (1 teaspoon/person/day) as salt can increase joint swelling and also trigger a flare of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Restrict and avoid fried foods, fast and processed food, and high sugar foods.
- Make sure to have at least 2 liters of daily water intake