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Foods to Avoid if You Have Chronic Joint Pain


Many people in the Houston, Texas, area suffer from joint pain. They may feel as though there is nothing more they can do to cure their pain. However, a pain-free life is sometimes as simple as adjusting your diet. NASA Bone & Joint Specialists understands that it can be overwhelming to figure out a diet that is joint-friendly, so we’ve listed out some of the top foods to avoid if you’re suffering from joint pain:


01. Eggs

Consuming eggs regularly can lead to an increased amount of swelling and joint pain. The yolks contain arachidonic acid, which helps trigger inflammation in the body. Eggs also contain saturated fat which can also induce joint pain. If you can’t give up eggs completely, pass on the yolks and simply use the egg whites instead.


02. Dairy

Dairy contains a high level of protein casein. This type of protein triggers inflammation and pain in the joints, and may even contribute to irritation around the joints. Some dairy products, such as butter, contain a high amount of saturated fat. This can also contribute to inflammation and joint pain. Soy milk and almond milk are some good substitutions for dairy products.


03. Processed Meats

Processed meats contain nitrites and purines. These chemicals increase inflammation and lead to joint pain. Meats such as hot dogs, corned beef, bacon, and sausages are all processed and should be avoided. Reach for lean, fresh cuts of meat instead.


04. Sugar

Sugar triggers the release of cytokines, which are inflammatory agents that can lead to joint pain. Sugar can also easily lead to weight gain. An increase in weight adds extra pressure on the joints and leads to joint pain. Avoid sugary foods such as candy, pastries, and pre-sweetened cereal.


05. Fried Foods

Fried foods are high in saturated fat and low in omega-3 fatty acids. This combination induces inflammation within the whole body and makes joint pain worse. Pass up the fried chicken and try eating it grilled or baked instead. You’ll get delicious flavor without irritating your joint pain.


06. Refined Grains

When grains are processed and refined, they lose most of their fiber, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids. Refining grains depletes them of almost all the inflammation-reducing nutrients, which leads to joint pain.


Joint pain can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know which foods are contributing to it. For those experience chronic joint pain, NASA Bone & Joint Specialists is here to help. Give us a call at (281) 333-5114.

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