Joint pain is a condition that causes inflammation, soreness and discomfort in the joints which affects numerous people around the world regardless of their age and gender.
The pain can range from mild to chronic, and sometimes the movement of the joint is restricted or impossible.
Joint pain is usually caused by gout and arthritis but other causes also include leukemia, fibromyalgia, broken or dislocated bones, bursitis and muscle strains.
If you have experienced joint pain you know how unpleasant and unbearable it can be, so make sure you avoid these foods to prevent the pain:
- Processed and red meats
These types of meats are loaded with chemicals such as nitrites and purines which increase the inflammation and pain. They also contain toxins which cause and worsen the inflammation.
Try to eat more fresh vegetables instead of processed meats.
- Refined and artificial sugars
Sugar also increases the inflammation and it also promotes the release of cytokines which are strong inflammatory agents.
Sugar is also rich in calories, and besides causing joint pain it can also make you gain weight which creates an unnecessary burden on the joints.
- Refined grains and flour
These foods should also be avoided because they contain compounds which cause inflammation and also make the pain worse.
Instead, consume brown rice, white pasta and white whole-grain bread, coconut flour or almond flour.
Eating eggs too often can make the swelling and joint pain worse because of the arachidonic acid they contain in the yolk which triggers the inflammatory response of the body.
Eggs also increase inflammation because of the high amounts of saturated fat they contain.
If you can’t imagine having breakfast without eggs, try skipping the yolks and only use the whites.
- Foods that contain Monosodium Glutamate
Monosodium glutamate which is used to improve the flavor of many foods including soups, frozen dinners, potato chips, canned and frozen Chinese food and frozen snacks.
This additive is another cause of inflammation and pain and you should definitely avoid it especially if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.