Did you know that the foods you eat can have a dramatic and positive impact on your arthritis? Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties and can actually help reduce painful symptoms. The Arthritis Foundation has released this helpful guide from Dr. Andrew Weil to consult when planning meals. The suggested foods not only reduce inflammation but also increase energy naturally and help maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Consider eating the following anti-inflammatory foods:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains, pastas, and legumes
  • Healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts
  • Fish and seafood
  • Whole soy foods such as edamame, tofu, and soy milk
  • Cooked Asian mushrooms
  • Other sources of protein including cheese, eggs, and lean meats
  • Healthy herbs and spices, such as cinnamon and garlic
  • White, green, and oolong tea
  • Daily supplements
  • Red wine in moderation
  • Healthy sweets, such as dark chocolate

While the anti-inflammatory diet is not intended to promote weight loss, many individuals using it to reduce the inflammation in their joints also experience the health benefit of losing weight. The Arthritis Foundation also recommends that you eat as many fresh foods as possible and choose organic when you can. Water should also be consumed throughout the day—at least 64 ounces.

Research has shown that body fat increases inflammation within the body. By eating these healthy foods you can reduce your body fat and, subsequently, the resulting pain in your joints. Pain can also be caused by a number of conditions related to body fat or hormone imbalance. Your doctor can refer you to a nutritionist who can help you with the right diet choices for your specific arthritis symptoms. It is important to consult your physician before making any drastic changes to your diet.

In what ways can you change your diet to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods?

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