What Are Inflammatory Foods

Foods that cause inflammation are refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries. French fries and other fried foods. soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)

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Sarah Holvik, Nutritionist, discusses What are Anti-Inflammatory Foods?

Why Are Anti-Inflammatory Foods Important?

We need foods with anti-inflammatory properties in our diet, because inflammation is a starting point for many different chronic diseases. These include cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and obesity.

For example, people with arthritis can benefit from anti-inflammatory foods by experiencing decreased joint pain, increased mobility, increased flexibility in their joints, as well as decreased overall pain in their bodies.

If you have more questions, please contact your local doctor, or pharmacist, or registered dietitian.

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Holvik, Nutritionist, Vancouver, BC

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What are good Foods for Arthritis

Anti-inflammatory foods are foods with anti-inflammatory effects on the body and it’s because of the nutrients that they contain.

So the vitamins and the minerals and the omega fats and the different phytochemicals that are in the fruits and vegetables that we eat. These all contribute to an anti-inflammatory effect on the overall body. Local Nutritionist 

Some examples of foods with anti-inflammatory effects are the fruits and vegetables as I mentioned, which contain phytonutrients as well as the vitamins and minerals. And the rule of thumb there is that the brighter the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more anti-inflammatory it will actually be on the body.

Nuts and seeds and whole grains also have very good anti-inflammatory effects on the body, and this is because of the fiber that they contain, but also the healthy fats that they contain. So the omega-3s as I mentioned have a very strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Local  Registered Dietician

Another great anti-inflammatory food choice is fish. So the fattier fish, such as salmon and mackerel and tuna, these all contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have potent anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Local Rheumatologists

If you don’t think you’re getting enough anti-inflammatory properties from the foods that you’re eating, you can look at many of the great supplements on the market today. Consult your local pharmacist or doctor or registered dietician if you need help with choosing some of these supplements. Local Rheumatologist

Anti inflammatory awareness in food choices

Take the time to educate yourself on smart food choices fi you are suffering from an arthritic condition

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Ryan Wight

Ryan Wight

RKin, CSEP-CEP
Kinesiologist
Stoney Creek, ON
Mr. Tim Battaglia

Mr. Tim Battaglia

EMBA Candidate
Kinesiologist
Hamilton, ON
Mr. Jeff Ransome

Mr. Jeff Ransome

BSc.Kin. NSCA-CSCS, ACSM.(ES), CSEP, ACE (PT) FaCT
Kinesiologist
Mississauga, ON

Types of Arthritic Conditions

Arthritic conditions, also called rheumatic conditions, are a variety of diseases that cause chronic, intermittent pain and swelling of the joints and connective tissue.

There are many different types of arthritic conditions, including:

Rheumatoid arthritis. RA is one of the most common types of inflammatory arthritis. It’s a chronic condition that occurs when your body’s immune system begins to attack the joints. The cause of RA isn’t known, and symptoms include joint pain, swelling and stiffness. At first, rheumatoid arthritis usually only attacks a few joints, but over time it affects more joints.

Reactive arthritis. RA typically affects the joints of the lower body including the feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. It typically occurs one to four weeks after an infection of the bowels or genitourinary tract. Reactive arthritis can be triggered by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV.

Osteoarthritis. OA is the most common type of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. Often affecting people in their 50s and 60s, OA is caused when the cartilage on the ends of the bones wears down. Often, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis is most common in the joints of the knees, hips, hands, fingers, neck and spine, although it can affect any joint in the body. OA can even occur in the back, and then it’s also known as degenerative disc disease.

Ankylosing spondylitis. AS is a chronic type of arthritis that affects the lower back. While the cause of AS isn’t known, it occurs when the immune system attacks the back, causing inflammation and resulting in pain and stiffness. Similarly to osteoarthritis, the body attempts to repair your lower back by growing new bone, which often grows across the joint and may even become fused. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joints in the lower back, spine, hips, knees and shoulders.

Psoriatic arthritis. PsA is a type of inflammatory arthritis. It’s a chronic condition that occurs when the immune system attacks the joints and the skin for reasons unknown. In most cases, PsA affects a few joints in the body, such as the knee, toe or wrist. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include warmth, swelling and pain in the joints. The skin is also affected with psoriasis, becoming red, scaly and inflamed. Psoriasis patches or plaques often appear on the scalp, elbows, lower back and knees, although it can appear on the scalp, fingernails or toenails.

Gout. This type of inflammatory arthritis is caused by a buildup of uric acid.  While gout is most common in men, women can get it too. Your body makes uric acid, and you also get it from certain foods and drinks. In most people, the amount of uric acid the body produces equals the amount being excreted in urine.

Lupus. This arthritic condition can manifest in many ways and is sometimes referred to as the “disease of 1000 faces,” because it can present very differently in each person. Some types of lupus only affect the skin, while other types affects the skin, joints and some organs. Lupus is is a chronic, long-term autoimmune disease. For reasons unknown, the body’s immune system becomes activated and begins to attack the body’s own tissues.

If you’re experiencing arthritis symptoms, see your physician. He or she may refer you to a rheumatologist for further diagnosis and treatment.

Talk to your family physician if you’d like more information on arthritic conditions. 

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Print this Action Plan and check off items that you want to discuss with your healthcare provider

  • Arthritic conditions, also called rheumatic conditions, are a variety of diseases that cause chronic, intermittent pain and swelling of the joints and connective tissue.
  • There are many different types of arthritic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic type of arthritis that affects the lower back. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joints in the lower back, spine, hips, knees and shoulders.
  • Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid. Your body makes uric acid, and you also get it from certain foods and drinks. In most people, the amount of uric acid the body produces equals the amount being excreted in urine.
  • Lupus is an arthritic condition that can manifest in many ways, so it is sometimes referred to as the “disease of 1000 faces.” Lupus is is a chronic, long-term autoimmune disease. For reasons unknown, the body’s immune system becomes activated and begins to attack the body’s own tissues.

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