7 Food Rules to Soothe Arthritis Pain Slide (1 of 9)

For many of us, the pain of arthritis can seem unbearable at times. And with as comprehensive and as pervasive as the disease is, its effects can be debilitating. The Arthritis Foundation notes that the word “Arthritis” is actually an all-encompassing umbrella term referring to over 100 ailments affecting the joints.

Certainly there are numerous medications (both prescription and non) available to try and help alleviate the discomfort. In more severe cases there are even injections used to manage the pain and reinstate mobility to a degree. But one of the best things you can do to help yourself, is to add certain foods and supplements to your diet, foods that have been known to work well when it comes to controlling the inflammation and symptoms that can commonly occur in arthritis patients. And conversely, you might also consider limiting other types of food that may make your condition worse. Here are a few “food rules” you should definitely think about following.

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Boost Those Omega 3s

Our bodies break down food and produce fatty acids. However, there are certain types of fatty acids that the body is unable to produce, one of these being Omega 3. Omega 3 has been discovered to be an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. There have been a number of studies done, going back to the 1970’s, that suggest that Eskimos tend to have lower incidences of arthritis. The reason…the excessive amount of fish oil inherent to their daily diet; thus, the incredible daily boost of omega 3’s that they are getting.

So how do we get these essential fatty acids in a healthy and balanced manner? Following the Eskimo lead, fish oil seems to be an extremely popular way to introduce omega 3 acids into your diet. Salmon is perhaps one of the best sources of this vital fatty acid. Recommendations suggest that at least twice a week, you should be eating a meal that consists of fish. If salmon is not to your liking, there are certainly other fish that fit the bill. Tuna, trout, herring and sardines are all also rich in omega 3’s.

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