June 20, 2005

4 Food Ways To Beat Rheumatoid Arthritis

1. Look for allergic food triggers of arthritis. Be most suspicious of cereals and grains, notably corn and wheat, as well as dairy products and meats. Authorities suggest that you not try a wholesome elimination and reintroduction of foods in attempts to ferret out arthritis-triggering foods, without a physician's supervision. You can, however, eliminate a suspected from your diet to see if symptoms let up. Wait for at least a couple of days to a week for symptoms to subside before eating the food again. If the symptoms return, you may want to stop eating the food.

2. Forgo meat, especially bac*n, p*rk and beef. You may have an intolerance of certain meats. Also, saturated meat fats can stimulate the inflammatory process. Try a meatless diet to see if it helps.

3. Eat oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines or tuna three or more times a week. Such fish oils are anti-inflammatory agents. Try a little daily ginger, another anti-inflammatory agent.

4. At the same time, cut back on omega-6 type fat, concentrated in corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and margarines made from these oils. They can undo the benefit from the fish oils and also upset the chemical balance of fatty acids in cell membranes, fostering inflammatory attacks on tissue and joints. Meat fats do the same thing.


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