Lifestyle Solutions for Arthritis Joint Pain continued...
Eat smart: The anti-inflammatory diet is also key, she adds. "When you eat processed foods -- the packaged stuff off grocery store shelves -- your body gets trans fats. It doesn't understand what that is. It can't use those fats to repair anything, which starts the inflammatory process."
In addition, carbohydrates with a high glycemic index, which are foods that have a significant effect on blood glucose level, may contribute to pain and inflammation. Examples of high glycemic index foods include French fries, certain cereals like corn flakes, or snacks like pretzels. Too many omega-6 fats may also increase pain and inflammation. And so the type of fats and carbs that you eat do make a difference.
Here's what you need: Whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, and primarily omega-3 fatty acids.
Good sources of healthy fats include:
- Omega-3s: Flaxseed oil, fatty fish (salmon, tuna), walnuts.
Some omega-6s and omega-9s are necessary to achieve a healthy balance in the body. Good sources of these fatty acids include:
- Omega-6s (minimal): Pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios.
- Omega-9s: Extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, peanuts, almonds.
With a whole-body approach to treating arthritis joint pain, you can find relief, says Plank.