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A Quick Switch Up Of These Food Staples Can Help with Inflammation

The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, affects over 2 million adults in the United States alone. The pain, stiffness and swelling can make life extremely difficult and day-to-day tasks can quickly become too painful to bear, leading to a greatly diminished quality of life. Some osteoarthritis sufferers have actually found that changes to their diet can help improve symptoms and make life a little easier.

One reason dietary change may help with osteoarthritis is that it gives the body what it needs to be at its healthiest and fight to prevent further damage to joints. Eating foods that help naturally reduce inflammation is the key, as well as including vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. Another important aspect of your diet is reducing your cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight in the process.

Here are a few important foods to include in your diet:

No. 1: Oils such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and safflower oil can help with inflammation and cholesterol levels.

No. 2: Dark leafy greens are a healthy choice no matter what ailment you face. They’re rich in vitamin D and high in antioxidants. This combination can help boost the immune system.

No. 3: Green tea is great to drink anytime of day. It is full of antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. Some believe it can even slow the rate of damage to the cartilage.

No. 4: Nuts are full of calcium, zinc, vitamin E, magnesium and fiber! They are a great choice for your overall health and especially for giving your immune system a boost.

No. 5: Avoid foods high in sugar, saturated fats and refined carbs. They can make inflammation worse. You will be amazed at how much better you feel after cutting out these three staples of the modern American diet.

Stem cell therapy can also help ease the pain of osteoarthritis symptoms. For more information on how stem cells can help with your pain, swelling and inflammation, call us today at 760-227-0858 and we can schedule an in-person or over-the-phone consultation with Dr. Foster.

 

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