Updated: May 2
Okay so we all know what we should be eating, now here is what to avoid. I definitely can admit I eat some of these, and writing this blog and creating this website has widely expanded my knowledge of what I can do to help myself further. Hopefully it can help you all too!
Red meat has been linked with RA, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers disease and some cancers. Certain cuts include high levels of saturated fat causing inflammation and obesity. It also contains omega-6 which can have negative impacts on your health if high levels are consumed. Many people that have given up red meat and replaced it with plant based proteins have claimed their symptoms improved!
Examples-Fizzy drinks, Juices, sweets, pastries.
When digesting these molecules it triggers the release of cytokines (inflammatory messengers) in the body, look out for fructose and sucrose and many other words ending in ‘ose’ on packaging labels. A diet high in sugar increases the risk of obesity.
Researchers are increasingly believing that high sodium intake can contribute towards autoimmune inflammatory diseases, it also increases the risk of high blood pressure. Time to stop sprinkling extra n those meals!
Refined flour- Pasta, pizza, bread, pastries, rice, cereals, desserts.
Refined/simple carbohydrates have had most of the nutrients, bran and fibre removed. They digest quickly and their high glycemic index causes unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels, and yes you guessed it, it causes inflammation!
Gluten has no known evidence linked to RA. If you are sensitive to it then you should ofcourse avoid it to minimize bowel inflammation.
Examples- cookies, chips and most snacks. IF IT COMES IN A PACKET!
High in unhealthy fats and omega-6 fatty acids. Packaged foods are filled with additives, fillers, sugars and preservatives to increase their shelf life. Canned foods like vegetables and soups are full of sodium which boosts blood pressure, so go for fresh fruits and veg. .
This is a chemical that is added to foods as a flavour enhncer. It is known to be a trigger for inflammation as your immune system may recognise MSG and other food additives as foreign bodies going into attack mode, leading to inflammation.
Advanced Glycation End is a toxin found in most meats. It generates inflammatory reactions. When you cook meat at high temperatures by frying,grilling,broiling it increases the AGE levels. Try to cook your meats at lower temperatures, steaming fish and seafood, or simmering chicken in a sauce.
Okay so of course reading this may seem like im nagging, or highlighting all of the bad things your doing but after all we are all human right? There are going to be times where we break the rules are indulge on fried fatty foods, or a bag of crisps, with a movie. But the more of these foods we try and elliminate from our diets the more we can enjoy the benefits of our days with less pain. See if you can limit or eliminate some of these trigger foods and experience for yourself the improvements!
Thanks for reading,
Chloe & Arthur :)