Arthritis Treatment Diet: Is It The Only Natural Hope For Arthritis?

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Different Types of Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes inflammation to the joints. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. In America, more than 46 million people are affected by arthritis and the number keeps on increasing*.

The Common Types of Arthritis are:

Osteoarthritis:

This is also known as degenerative joint disease and causes the cartilage to wear out causing the bones to rub against each other resulting to friction. The friction causes swellings and pain. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but the most commonly affected joints are the knee, facets joints and the hip. Osteoarthritis can be caused by overuse of the joints, hereditary factors and age factors.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

This is an autoimmune disorder which causes inflammation to the joints. It can affect many issues and organs in the body but commonly attacks the synovial joints

The joints which are commonly affected include the knee, wrists, and hands. The immune system usually attacks the body tissues making the joint linings to swell. The inflammation swells to other parts of the body and in severe cases it can affect the eyes lungs, skin, and nerves.

Other Types of Arthritis Include:

Gouty Arthritis:

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This is a type of arthritis that occurs when there is high uric acid in the body that is deposited in the joints in form of crystals. Gouty arthritis commonly affects the big toe and the knee. Gouty arthritis is recurrent and can cause permanent damage to the joints, tendons, and other tissues if it is not treated.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis:

This type of arthritis affects children and adolescent. It commonly affects the knee. The cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is not known and the affected person usually experience the symptoms the first few months while others can have the symptoms for the rest of their lives.

Lupus Arthritis:

This is an autoimmune disorder which causes the immune system to attack healthy body tissues. Lupus arthritis commonly affects the wrist, hands, and the knees. The cause of lupus is not known but researchers believe genetic and environmental factors can cause the disorder.

Infectious Arthritis:

Infectious arthritis also called septic arthritis spreads to other parts of the body such as the joints. Infectious arthritis symptoms include inflammation of the joints, pain and swelling.

Overall Benefits From Good Diet

A healthy diet is good for general body healthy. No specific diet is recommended for people with arthritis but having a balanced diet can help in managing arthritis. Unhealthy diet can put you at risk of other diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, and some type of cancers. Having a healthy diet can also help in countering the side effects of certain medications.

What is a Healthy Diet?

A diet that keeps your body functioning properly and generally improves* your health is a healthy diet. A healthy diet for arthritis contains low amounts of fat, sugar, and salt. Examples of healthy diet for arthritis include eggs, poultry, meat and fish such as tuna, mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardine, leafy green vegetables, fruits, yogurt a cheese, cereals, and wholegrain bread. Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids are also good for your health if you have inflammatory and other types of arthritis.

Is There any Effective Arthritis Diet?

There is no specific diet for arthritis but having a nutritious balanced diet is recommended for people with arthritis. You should avoid inflammatory diet and also limit intake of foods that can trigger arthritis symptoms. Having food such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard and fruits is good for a person with arthritis.

Can Your Diet Help Relieve Arthritis?

The diet you take can help in managing arthritis. Having low fat dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, oily fish, chicken and taking a lot of water can help in relieving symptoms of some forms of arthritis such as gouty arthritis.

Is Mediterranean Diet Good for People with Arthritis?

Mediterranean diet includes vegetables, fish, yogurt, cheese, cereals, fruits, olive oil, and legumes. The diet also involves low consumption of alcohol and meat. This diet helps in relieving symptoms of arthritis.

What Vitamins and Minerals are Important for Arthritis?

Vitamins and minerals can help people to can help in relieving symptoms of arthritis and also slowing down the progression rate of arthritis. Example of the vitamins and minerals include Calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, Iron, and Selenium.

Do I Need to Avoid Any Food?

There is no evidence that leaving some food can help prevention or treatment of arthritis some food can only trigger the symptoms of arthritis but cannot help in preventing arthritis.

Supplements for Arthritis

Supplements can help in reducing* joint pains and swelling that occurs as a result of arthritis. Some of the supplements that can be used in treating arthritis include glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin, calcium supplements, vitamin D3 supplements and omega 3 supplements.

Diet plays an important role in prevention and treating of arthritis; if you have arthritis taking a healthy diet can help in managing arthritis.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

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