10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Joint Pain

Joint pain interferes with your movement causing you discomfort, soreness and inflammation in your joints. Nowadays, many people experience joint pain, irrespectively of their gender or age. It can range from mild or severe, from acute to chronic pain.

Two main reasons for joint pain are gout and arthritis. Also, it is a result of dislocated or broken bones, muscle strains, lupus, leukemia, fibromyalgia or bursitis.

However, joint pain can be improved by proper medication, diet, alternative medicine and exercise. Although there many foods that fight joint pain like garlic, turmeric or ginger, there are many others that trigger the pain.

If you experience joint pain, you should avoid the following these 10 foods:

1. Processed and Red Meat

Both of them have chemicals including purines and nitrites which significantly increase the pain and inflammation in the body.

Processed foods are loaded with toxins so called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), that increase the inflammation in the body. According to a study from 2014, published in the Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences, the red-meat glycan increases development of inflammation and progression of cancer.

Yet another study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has drawn a parallel between the consumption of red meat and the markers of inflammation. It suggests that you should replace the consumption of processed and red meat with more fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Artificial and refined Sugars

A high amount of sugar can increase the level of AGEs in the body thus causing inflammation. It’s sugar that triggers the release of cytokines, strong inflammatory agents. In addition, sugar makes you gain weight and thus putting more pressure on your joints. Nor are the sugar-sweetened soft drinks good for your health.

According to a study in 2014, from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a regular consumption of this type of drinks increases the rheumatoid arthritis in women, affecting many lifestyles and dietary factors.

So, avoid drinking soft or fruit drinks, presweetened cereals, punches, snacks, candies and pastries. As an alternative, use blackstrap molasses, honey or stevia as natural sweeteners rather than artificial sweeteners or refined sugar.

3. Dairy Product

Dairy products can intensify the joint pain because the high level of the protein casein triggers pain and inflammation. A report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that this protein can even irritate the tissue around the joints.

The pain can also be increased as a result of saturated fats in dairy products such as cheese, butter or milk. If you suffer from joint pain or any other chronic pain avoid consuming pasteurized milk and replace it with almond or soy milk, margarine, tofu or other products.

4. Corn Oil

Corn oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids that may cause the body produce inflammatory chemicals. According to a study from the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism the increased omega-6 fatty acid triggers inflammatory processes and diseases.

Some foods such as peanut, sunflower, soy, grapeseed and safflower oil or many other salad dressing are high in omega-6 fatty acids.

You should not eliminate these omega-6 fatty acids from your diet because they are needed for proper development and growth. You should consume it in moderate doses. For that reason, increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids which can be found in flaxseeds, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and nuts.

5. Refined Flour and Grains

They are potent inflammatory agents that can increase the pain in the joints. The high-glycemic properties of these foods trigger the production of AGEs thus stimulating inflammation. According to a study published in Nutrients, a daily consumption of wheat product and other cereal grains trigger the manifestation of autoimmune diseases and chronic manifestation.

These grains lack vitamin B and fiber and possess empty calories. An everyday consumption of these grains increase the risk of degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Replace these grain foods like pasta, white rice, white bread with coconut, almond or whole-grain flour and brown rice.

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