Nutritional Management

BONE & JOINT DISORDERS (ARTHRITIS)

 

NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT

 

Although a proper diet will not cure arthritis, but it will certainly make you feel better. A healthy diet provides nourishment to strengthen the muscles supporting the joints and also helps to maintain an ideal body weight to reduce joint stress.

 

Some tips for a healthy diet are:

 

  • Take a diet with plenty of vegetables, grain products and fruits.
  • Take food rich in proteins to help you maintain your muscle strength.
  • Take a diet low in fat and moderate in sugar.
  • Take food rich in GLA (gamma linoleic acid) found in nuts, fish, primrose oil. GLA is a fatty acid that helps to fight the swelling and slow the overactive immune response that triggers certain forms of arthritis.
  • Eat food rich in omega 3 fatty acids like nuts and fishes like salmon, mackerel, herring. Omega 3 fatty acids helps in reducing inflammation.
  • Limit your salt intake. Too much salt can cause retention of fluid causing swelling.
  • Avoid alcohol.

 

Some important dietary guidelines for Gout include :

 

  • Avoid eating food rich in purine (as high purine will result in increased uric acid production) like liver, kidney herring, meat extracts, mussels, yeast, dried nuts, cauliflower, spinach.
  • Avoid fasting as it can raise uric acid level
  • Avoid rich, heavy meals with high fat and protein content
  • Alcohol should be avoided as it interferes with the excretion of uric acid.

 

 

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