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Thanksgiving is a time to thank the ones you love and of course, enjoy a big feast in the company of family and friends. Sadly, for people living with arthritis, the average Fall favourite food may come with a side of inflammation. Everyday Health provides a summary of good alternatives for healthier food options:
- Make your pecan pie an apple pie. Pecan pie and its filling is high in fat and sugar. A fruit-based dessert has nutritional benefits and contains fewer calories. Apple pie can have fewer than half the calories of pecan pie! Continue reading
Dr. Andrew Weil, a physician, best-selling author, speaker and thought-leader in integrative medicine, has developed the “Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid” to help guide those interested in trying an anti-inflammatory diet. This type of diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, some cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The diet can also help with healthy aging.
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According to the results from the JointHealth™ Program Satisfaction and Interest survey, people living with arthritis want to learn about natural ways to help treat or ease the pain from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are some life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis that you can consider. Please note that this article is for information purposes only and not intended to be medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider before changing or starting a new treatment plan.
A new trial in the United States is looking at the effect of salt on the immune system. Previous research shows that a high intake of salt has an adverse effect on medical conditions like high blood pressure and diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, and stomach cancer.
A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that animals fed a high-salt diet for three weeks had a dramatic increase in a type of cell in the immune system called type 17 helper T cell (Th17) when compared to those fed a normal diet. The Th17 cell triggers inflammation and is associated with diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (which cause inflammation in the gut).
The Fall season is great for exploring food choices. With seasonal holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas, it is easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon while creating the perfect holiday dish. Here are some fun facts to consider before you prep your next meal.
In a recent article on WebMD, it is noted that scientists define fruit as the part of a plant that develops from a flower and has seeds. It means that bell peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins are considered fruits. Did you also know that one green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C? Red and yellow peppers can double that number. A citrus fruit, like the orange, contains just 75 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Sweet peppers are also rich sources of vitamin B6 and folate.
Bananas are berries because it is a fruit that develops from a single flower and a single ovary (the female part of a flower). In a similar fashion, grapes and kiwis are also berries. Bananas are rich in potassium and the arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. They are also a source of soluble fiber, which helps you lose weight by making you feel full without adding calories.
Fruity treats for your arthritis? Summer is the perfect season for fruit picking and visiting U-Pick farms around the city. Before you start researching on where to go to pick your favourite fruits, why not investigate what fruits may benefit your health first?
According to the 2011 Fast Stats produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, 19,456 hectares of farm land out of total farm land of 2,611,382 hectares in British Columbia are devoted to fruits. Needless to say, there is no shortages of u-pick orchards. For a comprehensive list of orchards and farms in BC, please visit http://www.pickyourown.org/canadabc.htm.
One of the many popular fruits in B.C. is Bing cherries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Bing cherries may help prevent and lesson some chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure and cancer. The study analyzed data collected from a 2006 study of 18 healthy adults who ate 45 California-grown Bing cherries each day for 28 days.
Throughout the study period, the participants showed a decreased level of some inflammatory markers. Furthermore, there was an increased level of anti-inflammatory marker in the blood of the participants. The natural compound anthocyanin contributes to cherries’ anti-inflammatory effect. To read more, see original article here.
Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C and contains Vitamin A, thiamine, folates, calcium, and potassium. An orange also contains 170 different phytonutrients and over 60 flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot-inhibiting capabilities. All these combine to make strong antioxidants. According to Rediff.com, a daily glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can lower the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Another summer favourite is the strawberry. Though it may be a pain to pick from those prickly bushes, strawberries contain phenols that have heart protective, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties. By lessening the activity of the enzyme COX, phenols reduces the chance of developing inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Finally, watermelon contains antioxidants that help to neutralise free radicals. As a result, the consumption of watermelon reduces damage caused in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Please click here for more information on fruits and their health benefits.