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All my recipes are based on helping you get more of the good stuff and less of the bad - whilst being easy to prepare. Here's my quick guide of what to eat to help arthritis:
- Fruit and vegetables - aim for at least 5 servings a day. The antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in them help tackle inflammation and keep your whole body healthy.
- Wholegrains - foods like oats, wholemeal flour and brown rice help keep you going and keep your heart healthy.
- Low fat dairy products - build your bones and fight fat with calcium-rich dairy products.
- Herbs and spices - give flavour to your food and may help with nausea, indigestion and inflammation. Try turmeric and ginger for an anti-inflammatory boost.
- Oily fish - full of healthy omega 3 oils which are proven to reduce inflammatory chemicals and relieve joint pain.
- Beans and pulses - packed with fibre and protein to keep your digestive system ticking over.
- Nuts and seeds - rich in healthy fats which help your heart and reduce inflammation.
- Lean cuts of white meat and other fish - give you protein to help your body repair and grow.
- Red meat - has been linked to inflammation and an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Try to eat it no more than once or twice a week and stick to lean cuts.
- Full fat dairy products - fine for an occassional treat but full of saturated fat that will clog your arteries and aggravate inflammation.
- Salt - raises your blood pressure so go easy on it.
- Refined grains - just not as good as their wholegrain counterparts. They can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate and are lower in fibre, vitamins and minerals.
- Sugar - is full of empty calories and can trigger inflammation. Best to cut back on when you can.
Are there any foods that particularly help?