Joint pain and body aches from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other ailments can become magnified by foods that cause inflammation in your body. In some cases, arthritic conditions and other diseases such as diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and cancer can be linked to chronic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is a long-term condition that can last for months and even years and is characterized by a slow onset and a prolonged presence due to the body’s inability to overcome the constant influx of toxic food. The resulting inflammation releases destructive molecules known as C-reactive proteins (CRPs) and cytokines, which set in motion chemical reactions that can result in maladies like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. It can be reduced by altering your diet to replace processed oils and fast food with healthy options.

The Toil of Oil

Partially hydrogenated oils contain high concentrations of omega-6 saturated fats. These fats cause inflammation and are found in common fare like potato chips, most fried foods, pizza, and grain-based pastries. Additionally, the saturated fats present in full-fat dairy products like milk and cheese, and in high-fat portions of meat are also inflammatory. Although a moderate degree of omega-6 is necessary for normal brain function, you should make an effort to balance out your diet by using olive oil and coconut oil for preparing food. Another delicious alternative is butter from grass-fed cattle. These options are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation.

Slow It Down

Nearly all fast food is full of partially hydrogenated oils and processed sugar, grain, meat, cheese, and vegetables. Your body is not designed to break down jelly rolls, donuts and deep fried chicken into usable nutrients, and when it attempts to do so, the stress causes inflammation, which intensifies arthritic conditions. The result is unnecessary suffering from inflammation-based pain, as well as the agitation of other conditions, such as heart disease, creating further difficulty for the 75 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Instead of fast food, choose raw foods like avocados, walnuts, celery, cucumbers, cherries, strawberries, pineapple, apples, and papaya. Choosing fish, yogurt and vegetables as alternate sources of protein can also eliminate inflammation caused by grain and corn-fed livestock.

If you introduce these dietary changes into your routine gradually and stick to them, you can drastically reduce joint pain caused by inflammation. This deliberate change in diet, coupled with proactive orthopedic care, is an excellent strategy for improving your quality of life.

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