It is National Arthritis Month. One in three Americans suffers from arthritis. Is your family prone to arthritis? Do you want to decrease your risk, regardless of family history? Now is a good time look at your eating habits to prevent it.
Let's focus on just one aspect this week: Prevent inflammation in the body through what you put in your mouth. (We'll talk about exercise for arthritis next week.)
- Eating fish? Make sure it is WILD caught and not FARM raised. In general, wild caught lowers inflammation. Farm-raised increases it.
- Control your blood sugar. Eat carbohydrates that digest slowly (vegetables, beans, old-fashioned oatmeal, etc.) vs. carbohydrates that digest quickly (processed cereal, white flour, etc.)
- Increase your use of garlic and warming spices, like chili pepper.
- Increase your anti-oxidant intake with more vegetables and berries (Hmmm...that seems to be a theme in all "eating healthier" research.)
- Increase your healthy oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and walnuts.
- So, dinner tonight is wild-caught salmon with a garlic and chili pepper rub, a salad with lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, spiced garbanzo beans and spiced walnuts, then a warm berry compote for dessert. Right?
For detailed resources check out the Arthritis Foundation website, www.arthritis.org and the book Inflammation Nation by Floyd H. Chilton, Ph.D.