Arthritis Prevention: It's No Joke!

Claire Zak  |  7/25/2018 2:23:17 PM

Let’s talk about arthritis! Arthritis affects many Americans and leads to a great amount of pain that is caused by inflammation in the joints. Arthritis cannot be cured completely by medication and there is no sure way to prevent it. Despite this fact, nutrition is a great way to combat the symptoms of arthritis. Certain foods have been linked to have anti-inflammatory properties, which has been shown to alleviate pain caused by arthritis. And because arthritis is sometimes caused by excess body weight causing pressure on joints, one of the best possible prevention is to lead a healthy lifestyle and consume nutrient dense foods that help us to lose excess weight or maintain a healthy body weight.

What are some practical ways to lose weight by changing our diet?

-Focus on eating from the five food groups given to us in MyPlate.

*Fruits: Strawberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, Peaches, Blueberries

*Vegetables: Carrots, Leafy Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, Zucchini

*Grains: Brown Rice, Bread, Pasta, English Muffins, Popcorn (try to make HALF your grains WHOLE)

*Protein: Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Eggs, Beans and Legumes

*Dairy: Milk, Yogurt, Pudding, Cheese, Ice-cream

-Limit foods that are high in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar.

*For example: High sugar soft drinks, cakes, cookies, hot dogs (that are high in fat and sodium), chips, fries

-Go to www.choosemyplate.gov and use the “MyPlate Plan” tool to set calorie goals and track your food choices throughout the day

*You can also find healthy recipes on this website!

Source: www.choosemyplate.gov

Picture: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/grocer-farmers-market-offers-older-woman-sample-strawberries

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