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How to Construct and Maintain a Healthful Diet

As with any chronic condition, arthritis requires that you pay special attention to following a healthful diet for arthritis. Doing so can help you attain a better quality of life, while reducing pain and avoiding some of the complications of brittle, weak bones and joints. Some of the components of such a healthy diet for arthritis apply to everyone, even those not suffering from arthritis, while there are some dietary practices that are of particular help to arthritis patients. Let’s take a look at how you can help yourself to feel better and enjoy every day to the fullest.

One of the most common problems for arthritis patients is being overweight. Arthritis is a painful condition, one that does not make you want to go out and exercise. The catch-22 here is that if you are overweight and have arthritis, the extra weight puts undue stress on the weight-bearing joints, particularly in the hip and knee joints. An important consideration in a healthy diet for arthritis is making an effort to reduce your sugar, fat, sodium and cholesterol intake. This not only helps you reduce weight, but also benefits you if you have HBP and/or heart disease? Which, incidentally, is common among arthritis patients.

As a general rule of thumb, when you plan your menus, include a variety of foods, paying particular attention to high-fiber foods? In other words, eat plenty of produce and whole grain breads and cereals. Instead of whole milk, cheese or yogurt, choose the low-fat versions of these foods. Fish, poultry and lean meats are your best choices. Beans and other legumes are especially high in fiber. Among your choices in fruits, make berries prominent in your selections. Almost all berries are anti-inflammatory, a definite plus in a good diet for arthritis. Cherries are another good choice in fruits and are also anti-inflammatory.

Serve smaller portions than you’re used to? Cutting down on portions of gravy, desserts and the like is not only better for you, but it helps you lose weight as well. If you enjoy alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

Arthritis patients sometimes tend to avoid preparing certain foods, such as fruits and veggies, due to painful joints in the hands. Making use of some of the new, small kitchen appliances can take some of the work? And pain? Out of the equation.

Work with your physician and/or a nutritionist in developing your individual diet for arthritis, as your physician will take into account any other health conditions that may impact your dietary choices. In addition, your doctor can advise you on whether you need supplements of certain nutrients lost through certain prescribed medications you may be taking.

As for exercise, again, your own doctor is your best ally in choosing the type of exercise that will most benefit you. Walking on a daily basis is often helpful. Swimming is another good choice, in that this activity puts little stress on your joints.
In many ways, a healthful diet for arthritis is common sense. However, there are always those few caveats particular to each individual. Work with your doctor and you’ll enjoy life and reduced pain that much more!