Food Allergens Can Be the Root of Your Arthritis

by on August 16th, 2010
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You are what you eat. The inflammation and pain you feel from arthritis may be from the foods that you eat. Not just because you do not have the right foods in your system or that you might not be getting the right nutrition, but because you might be allergic to the food you are eating. Not the kind of allergies that cause rashes and a stuffy nose, but the kind of allergies that can imbed itself in your joints and causes the inflammation the swells around your joints just like you have swollen eyes and face with you eat a food that you are allergic to.

Allergies can happen in levels just like other things. You may have a mild allergic reaction on your skin that may turn it pink or a slight sniffling if you have a mild allergic reaction to cats. On the opposite side you can have a severe allegoric reaction to a food that will have you in hives or bloated up like a stuffed tick. The mild allergies do not have to happen in your sinuses or your skin, they can occur in your muscles and you joints. That pain in your joints may be from a food allergy and you keep eating that food when your body is trying to tell you to stop.

There has been studies conducted that has proved what you eat has a serious effect affect on how your body reacts. One such study with arthritis as its focus had a group of around thirty patients that suffered from rheumatoid arthritis were put on a fast and then fed specific new foods every other day for about ten days and then continued for thirteen months. They were put on a vegetarian diet and the diet tried to mimic the change of different kinds of foods you would have in your weekly diet. You would not try to eat the same foods everyday, so the study wanted to replicate a real type scenario that would model a normal person’s life.

A second group ate just ate the regular diet that they were used to. Whether it was fast food, nutritious or non-nutritious, or vegetarian or non vegetarian, they ate the without changing their diets. After the thirteen months were over, the patients that were on restricted diets had significant loss of pain and stiffness compared to the patients who were not on a restricted diet. There was a reduction in joint tenderness also. The restricted diet group also said they were not as swollen as before and they could move more easily without pain.

The people who ate their diet without change did not notice any difference in their arthritis. They still had swollen joints and pain as they moved their joints. Some even complained of feeling worse before they took part in the study. This could be contributed to the psychosomatic affect of being in a research group. Thinking there will be a change often produces a change. This study did take place in England where sausage and other fatty foods are ingested as part as the national diet. Similar studies in the United States revealed the same results.

When tested for allergins that are related to arthritis the number one culprit seems to be dairy. Whether ingested as milk, cheese, yogurt, or other products, if you have a allergy to dairy it could affect your joints. You may not be braking out in hives and you not know you even have an allergy, but your body knows and the mild allergy is settling in and affecting your joints and causing inflammation. Try to cut down on your dairy and see if this helps reduce the inflammation. If it does, you know that you have a mild allergy, if it doesn’t reduce the swelling, they you can add dairy back to your diet. Remember it might be a combination of things that is causing your arthritis, and dairy might just be a minor part.

Other foods or additives can cause you to have an allergic reaction. Gluten that is found and wheat or grain products have been known to cause swelling or pain in the joints. Just eating a couple of pieces of white bread with your sandwich could give you enough gluten to sneak into those joints and cause your swelling. You could have bread three times a day and not know that you are allergic to it. Coupled with a minor allergy to dairy you could be setting yourself up for some real pain due to the inflammation in your finger joints and other extremities of your body.

Common foods such as some vegetables, sugar, peppers, and eggplant can be a source of your arthritis pain due to your ignorance that you are allergic. You might want to have an allergy test performed by a doctor or if you want to go a cheaper route, you could take those foods out of your diet and see if there is a difference in the pain and swelling that you are experiencing. It might be a combination of thing that make your fingers hurt so bad you can’t use a typewriter or it might or it might be just one food that when removed will make you feel better and move easier.

This may be a big surprise to you, but smoking is linked to some forms of arthritis. Everybody knows that smoking can lead to serious health problems, but arthritis is the one least talked about. Most people know that lung cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease is a major result of smoking and tobacco use, but arthritis seems to be under the radar when the anti-smoking ads come on. If you are smoking quit, what ever negative affects you have done to your body will slowly heal. Wouldn’t it be sad to find out that the only reason you have arthritis is that you smoked?

Remember that to alleviate arthritis pain you must have a life style change. This includes diet, exercise, and if you are smoking, to quit. It is going to be hard to change, especially if you are the kind of person who is used to their routine and dreads change at any level. The bottom line is that you have to change. You can do it slowly by taking some things that are negative in your diet out and replacing with good foods or supplements or you can go cold turkey. It is up to you to do what you need to do to make changes in your life to take away the swelling and inflammation of your joints and the daily pain that accompanies it.

Now this report has told you what kind of pain medicines to avoid, the importance of a life style change, and what you need to change in your diet and routine that will take away the aches and pains of arthritis. The next section will tell what specifically to change to make you feel better and live your life pain free. By taking in some of the advice or all of the advice, the added effects on your body and on your joints will be a positive experience and no matter the severity of your arthritis you can see some improvements.


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