Arthritis has always been perceived as a problem only for older people, but some 30% of the 8 million sufferers in the UK are under the age of 25.
Making sure that your diet contains certain food groups can be a powerful natural weapon in the continuing battle for pain relief. Arthritis doesn’t have to be a life sentence. The following lifestyle and dietary table is for guidance only and arthritis sufferers willing to change their diet should do so very gradually, after discussion with their GP, and ensure that all food groups are adequately replaced.
TRY TO AVOID
- Nightshade foods – e.g tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potato and margarine
- Dairy products including chocolate
- Dry roasted nuts
- Alcohol (wine), soft drinks and caffeine
- Additives, preservatives and chemicals
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Sulphur and methionine containing foods – e.g. cabbage, brussel sprouts, garlic and onions
- Moderate amount of meat
- Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna for Omega 3
- fruits and vegetables, e.g. lettuce, peas, cabbage, apples
- Complex carbohydrates, e.g. brown rice, wholegrain pasta and wholegrain bread
- Vinegar and hot spices
- Dietary fibre
- Nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts and hazelnuts
- Water – try to drink a minimum of eight glasses a day
Plus gentle daily exercises, stretches and walks.