(KTVI) – When you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, a restaurant menu or open refrigerator is like a test: find the food that satisfies without making joints swell, ache and stiffen.
Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Richard Lehman explains.
Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, high-fiber grains and healthy fats all constitute a rheumatoid arthritis diet that can help you reduce RA aches – in a matter of days.
1. Red meat, pork, poultry, eggs, butter
Why they`re RA triggers: These animal products contain harmful saturated fat, which increases inflammation in the body.
‘After a single meal high in saturated fat, blood cells produce more inflammatory signals for several hours,’ Dr. Galland says.
‘Continue eating like that, and blood cells stay in this inflammatory state,’ he adds.
For RA sufferers, that means joint and muscle pain, heartburn, fatigue and even acne.