Joint pain, even though is not a lethal illness, it can limit your movement and lead to be uncomfortable, sore feeling in the joint as well as inflammation. It is the same with men and women, and people from all ages can suffer from joint pain. The pain can be mild or severe, and go from acute to chronic.
Joint pain usually appears due to arthritis or gout. There are many other reasons for joint pain such as: leukemia, muscle strains, bursitis, broken bones, fibromyalgia and lupus.
There is something you can do to soothe joint pain like exercise, diet, medications or alternative medicine. It is proved that some food can help with the pain such as turmeric, ginger or garlic, but some can make the pain even worse.
Here is a list of foods that you should not eat if you suffer from joint pain:
1. Artificial and refined sugar
Sugar is a very bad choice if you suffer from joint pain because it can lead to inflammation due to the fact that sugar augments the AGEs level. Cytokines, which are inflammatory agents, are freed in the body. Sugar can also lead to obesity, which is a bad thing for joint pain, because the joints cannot hold bigger weight. So you should definitely avoid everything that contains sugar, even drinks.
A study, which has been conducted in 2014, showed that drinking beverages like sweetened soft drinks, can lead to a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis, especially in women, changing the dietary factors and lifestyle.
So we recommend throwing out sugary food from your daily menu like: pastries, snacks, soft or fruit drinks, candies, punches and presweetened cereals. Instead of artificial and refined sugar you can consume stevia, honey or blackstrap molasses.
2. Corn oil
Building up of inflammatory chemicals into the body can happen because of corn oil. Corn oil contains omega 6-fatty acids, which are the reason for this. A study revealed that actually high level of omega 6-fatty acids can lead to inflammatory diseases.
Other foods which are rich in omega 6-fatty acids are grape seeds, sunflower, safflower, soy, salad dressings and peanuts.
Omega 6-fatty acids are essential for growth and correct development so it needs to be consumed, but not in very large doses. So you should consume more omega 3-fatty acids. Food that is rich in omega 3-fatty acid is pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, nuts and olive oil.
Eating eggs often can cause joint pain and swelling. Arachidonic acid, which can be found in the yolks, can cause inflammation by releasing the inflammatory agents – prostaglandins.
Yolks are also rich in saturated fat, other agents who causes inflammation. So if you want to eat eggs in the morning avoid eating the yolks and just eat the egg whites.
4. Refined salt
Refined salt or table salt has a very negative effect on your body if you are suffering from joint pain. It contravenes the balance of fluids in the body with the additives and chemicals that it has.
Refined salt also has a lack of silicon and phosphorus, minerals, which are of high importance for body function.
By lowering the consumption of this type of salt, you will lower the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures because refined salt causes loss of calcium.
It is recommended to change the refined salt with sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. It is also important that you know that processed food has salt so you’ll be consuming enough salt from that food and you do not need more.
Beer is another thing that has the very negative effect on your joint. Rheumatoid arthritis and gout can be the consequences of consuming beer too much.
Inflammation can be a result of urine acid presence, which can be gathered from the purine. Gluten is another ingredient in beer, which is not good for joint pain. Besides from gluten, beer is full of toxins, which are very dangerous for our health.
So avoid drinking beer and alcohol.
6. Processed and Red Meat
Processed and red meat contains nitrites and purines, which intensifies the inflammation and the pain in the joints.
Glycation and AGEs are the toxins which are present in high levels in processed foods, are the reason for triggering inflammation. A study conducted in 2014, confirms that glycan in the red meat actually causes inflammation and can even lead to cancer.
In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was published another study, which has shown a relation between the markers of inflammation and eating red meat. It is advised to eat fresh vegetables and fruit instead of processed and red meat.
7. Dairy products
Dairy products contain the protein casein which significantly increases inflammation and joint pain. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine confirms that casein cause’s irritation to the tissue around the joints.
Dairy products also contain high levels of saturated fats, like milk, butter and cheese, and these saturated fats can also trigger joint pain. Experts advise consuming more almond or soy milk, tofu, and margarine instead of pasteurized milk, if you have joint pain or another chronic pain.
8. Refined flour and grains
Refined flour and grains can also cause inflammation and joint pain. Production of AGEs is encouraged by the high glycemic content of refined flour and grains, which leads to inflammation. Eating refined flour and grains every day can result with appearance of some chronic and autoimmune illnesses.
This type of food does not contain any healthy calories, fiber or vitamin B. They can also be the cause for many serious diseases like cancer, diabetes or heart disease. So you should immediately stop consuming this food such as white bread, pasta and white rice. Almond, coconut or whole-grain flour and brown rice are much healthier and better choice for your menu.
9. Whey protein
Whey protein is also not recommended especially for people who suffer from joint pain, due to its content, which includes casein and gluten.
Uric acid is a result of casein consumption. Uric acid cause’s pain and inflammation in the joints. This can lead to a severe pain and do a lot of harm to the joints.
Severe pain and chronic inflammation can occur to those who suffer from gluten sensitivity. One study from 2013 stated that appearance of insulin resistance, adiposity and inflammation can be minimized if you consume gluten-free food.
It is better and healthier to consume lean protein like nuts, seeds and beans instead of whey protein supplements.
10. Foods with Monosodium Glutamate
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is added to food like frozen Chinese food, frozen snacks, ready salad dressings, potato chips, soups and frozen dinner, in order to preserve their taste and improve their quality.
MSG is not very good for joint pain. People who have rheumatoid arthritis and inflammations should avoid this additive because it will cause more damage to their joints.
Replace the frozen food with fresh fruit and vegetables to avoid consuming these dangerous additives.
There are also other foods that can be the reason for inflammation and joint pain like food, which is rich in artificial sweeteners and aspartame.