The “-itis” portion of the word arthritis simply refers to the inflammatory component of the disease. Inflammation has been a common theme throughout the year whether we’re talking about heart disease or Diabetes. Here’s yet another reason to address it! Luckily, we have control in one area of our lives… we can choose to have a positive impact by making good choices when it comes to our diets. Check out these options… and they’re tasty!
- Wild-caught Fish- fish is a great resource of the naturally occurring anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids. It is recommended to eat 3-4 oz. at least twice per week. The best fish to eat? Salmon, Tuna, and other cold-water fish. Bon appétit!
- Fruits and Veggies- the more colorful, the better! Fruits like the berries and cherries are packed full of anti-oxidants. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is naturally anti-inflammatory. Vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli and other dark-green leafy vegetables are helpful, too. These should be eaten every day!
- Nuts and Seeds- the fiber, protein, and healthy fats of nuts are a great addition to the diet. Keep in mind, we only need a 1.5 oz. serving per day to gain the benefits. You can have too much of a good thing! The most recommended options are walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds.
- Extra-virgin Olive Oil- a compound called “oleocanthal” is unique to extra-virgin olive oil and is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. You can safely have 2-3 tablespoons per day. It is recommended to be consumed in salad dressing or as a dip to prevent heat from altering its healthy components.
A combination of the foods listed above can make for quite a delicious meal! Help your symptoms by choosing foods that fight inflammation. For more information about what to or what not to eat, check out information from the Arthritis Foundation and their anti-inflammatory diet recommendations.