If you’re living with joint pain, you know how draining it can be. When things are at their worst, from the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until you crawl back into bed at night can be a struggle.
Constantly battling aches and pains is exhausting work. But what if there was something simple you could do to reduce or even eliminate painful joints? And even better, what if that something didn’t require you to swallow any dangerous pills or submit to any painful injections?
Eliminate painful joints with this diet trick
Well according to experts, there is. And all it requires is making a few changes to your diet. Because it turns out your diet may be behind your painful joints.
Following are four common foods which could be contributing to your joint pain.
1. Orange juice:
Oranges and other fruits can be a healthy part of any diet. They provide us with plenty of vitamins and other important nutrients.
But as I’ve warned you before, when you turn whole fruit into a juice, you eliminate one of the most important parts of the food, its healthy fiber. And at the same time, you turn it into a concentrated form of sugar.
A medium orange contains about nine grams of sugar and about three to four grams of fiber. But just eight ounces of orange juice contains a staggering 21 grams of sugar.
And for folks who suffer from joint pain that can be a real problem. Sugar, even the natural version, triggers the release of inflammatory cytokines. And these can lead to swollen, tender and painful joints.
Of course, orange juice isn’t the only culprit. Any source of concentrated sugar from dried fruit to candy could trigger joint pain. Check food labels for any words ending in “ose” to get an idea of how much sugar they contain. Try cutting back on as many added sugars as you can and watch the joint pain melt away.
2. Peanut butter:
Like oranges, peanuts are a healthy food you shouldn’t hesitate to include in your diet.
But when it comes to peanut butter you need to be careful about what brand you choose. Some food manufacturers have turned this healthy treat into a harmful one with additives. And if you’re prone to joint pain, eating the wrong kind could put you into a world of pain.
To make their peanut butter creamier and have a longer shelf life some companies add partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) which are a major source of inflammation-triggering trans fats.
The good news is that here in the United States as of June 18, 2018, the FDA has banned the addition of PHOs to most foods. The bad news is that manufacturers still have until January 2, 2020, to comply for foods they are already manufacturing with them.
So until then, you’re going to need to keep a close eye on ingredient labels. And while you’re taking that glance be sure to look for inflammation-triggering added sugars too.
Your best bet is to choose an all-natural variety which contains just peanuts and perhaps a sprinkle of sea salt.
3. Corn chips:
You probably already know fried chips such as corn chips aren’t the healthiest snack. But there’s another reason to avoid them, they’re swimming in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
Now if you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader you probably already know quite a bit about omega-6s. Like omega-3s, they’re an essential fatty acid we need to obtain from our diet. But unlike omega-3s, our modern diet is loaded with omega-6s. And as a result, most of us get FAR too many of them.
When our omega-3 and omega-6 levels are unbalanced, that can trigger the kind of inflammation that leads to painful joints.
Corn chips can contain an astonishing 14509 mg of omega-6 in just one cup. Many other processed foods are high in omega 6 fats too such as fast foods, cakes, cured meats, mayonnaise, salad dressings and anything else made with soybean, safflower, grapeseed, corn or sunflower oils.
Cut back on the omega-6s in your diet and chances are you’ll experience less joint pain.
4. Instant mashed potatoes:
Refined carbohydrates such as instant mashed potatoes, crackers, bread, cereals and French fries are high on the glycemic index. But they don’t just send your blood sugar soaring they also produce AGEs or advanced glycation end products.
AGEs fuel the kind of inflammation that can lead to painful joints. Which means cutting way back on the refined carbs in your diet could reduce your pain.
Cooking meats at high temperatures produce AGEs as well. So try to limit your high-heat cooking such as grilling, frying, and broiling. Opt for slower methods such as steaming, simmering, and braising when you can instead.
And when grilling use a meat thermometer. Aim to keep temperatures below 325 degrees, the temperature at which extra AGEs start to form.
Don’t just wince and bear your joint pain. Do something about it instead. Cut back on these four foods that could be causing your painful joints.