Eating Raw Foods To Help With Arthritis

285x285_fruits_veggiesEating Raw Food to Help with Arthritis by Valerie Johnston 

The raw diet is more than just a fad as people try to get healthier in the fast food world. In fact, it has real benefits for addressing real conditions, including severe arthritis. The raw food diet tends to be high in the nutrients that can help alleviate arthritis-related joint pain, meaning that the raw food diet can be a real solution to a condition that troubles millions of people.

Getting Started with the Raw Food Diet.

The raw food diet might seem a bit scary at first. The title of the diet indicates that no food should be prepared at heat above 116 degrees, as purists believe that cooking the food takes away some of the nutrients that make the raw food diet so valuable. In addition food should not be processed, although certain processed foods are generally accepted as parts of the raw food diet, included dehydrated legumes and sprouted grains.

VeggiesWhen you start with the raw food diet, you should expect to encounter a few issues at first. The diet is significantly different from the conventional diet, so you can expect to feel a bit of discomfort in the early weeks of the diet. To help yourself out, try to make clear notes of how much joint pain you are experiencing so that you can keep track of improvements over time. Other than that, you should treat the raw food diet like you would your normal diet. Don’t eat foods you don’t like, but do try to balance your diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. Also, make sure to pick up a blender and dehydrator to be fully equipped for preparing your food.

Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid.

Even limited by the constraints of this diet, there are plenty of meal options out there. But, for addressing symptoms of arthritis, there are certain foods that are especially effective and certain foods that will be counterproductive.

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients to consume in addressing the effects of arthritis. Fiber works to reduce the toxic chemicals that build up in the joints, thereby decreasing the amount of joint pain that the individual experiences. Raw vegetables tend to be very high in fiber, making the raw food diet a great way to get more fiber. In addition, certain raw foods (like garlic and asparagus) contain sulfur, which can help to repair tissue cells in the joints and bones. In general, foods that are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc are particularly effective for people that are dealing with arthritis, as antioxidants can help reverse damage to the cells that is caused by arthritis.

On the other hand, certain raw foods are ineffective for those working to address the effects of arthritis. Potatoes, eggplant, and certain other foods have high amounts of solanine, which can increase inflammation in the joints.

Cautionary Tales

As with all diets, it’s important for you to keep a balanced diet in mind. Raw foods can provide a lot of benefits, but you likely won’t pick foods that meet all of your dietary needs naturally.

There are a few nutrients that are commonly insufficient as part of a raw food diet.

Calcium, for example, is present in certain vegetables, like broccoli, but the amount of calcium you get from a raw food diet may be insufficient, leading to bone problems. In addition, vitamin B-12 is commonly low in raw food diets, and deficiencies of this nutrient can cause increased pain from arthritis. Protein is also an issue, although each of these nutrients can be added to the diet using supplements and the proper distribution of foods.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon,  writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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