Foods that Cause Arthritis
It isn’t just about Foods Causing Joint Pain
Whether the arthritis causes the problem or your body’s reaction to certain foods causes arthritis, nobody really knows for sure. As far as I have seen, there has been only one medical study done on foods that cause joint pain. In the United States it is difficult to get funding for a medical study if it isn’t involving a patented drug. So, who is going to fund a study to figure out purely a health issue?
One thing is certain, people who suffer from arthritis know that foods cause joint pain. Eventually arthritis sufferers realize that it isn’t just their joints that are being effected. There are a host of symptoms:
Pain and swelling in the joints
Chronic diarrhea or constipation
Bouts of psoriasis or eczema
General itchiness of the skin
Sporadic shortness of breath
Tired all the time
Feeling sick often with very low fever
Sneezing, watery eyes
Sporadic lung congestion
Persistent dry or wet cough
Runny nose after eating or stuffy nose that lasts about an hour
Waking up frequently in the night
Unexplained weight gain
Muscle aches and lack of strength
If you are experiencing most of the symptoms above, it is time to take a look at your diet. In my case, I have found a long list of foods that are causing these symptoms above.
Foods that Cause Joint Pain
All dairy products
All citrus fruits
All nightshade plants
Sulphites, a preservative found in many foods
Here is a short list of common nightshade plants we normally use in the kitchen. There are more nightshades than are listed here, but it is a starting point. Many nightshade plants are also in medications, both prescription and over the counter. If you take medications, you might want to delve into that deeper. Another very common ingredient in medications is citric acid. Below is a short list of nightshade foods that cause joint pain.
Typical Nightshade Plants
There are two things that do not belong to the part of the nightshade family that is causing your problems and your joint pain and for these items you will become very grateful. They are the sweet potato and regular, old black pepper. It is interesting that once you give up chilies, you will find black pepper far more spicy than it was before.
It is a lot more difficult than you might think at first, to get these items out of your diet. Start reading ingredient labels in the store and you will find that the manufacturer always seems to jam one of those items in prepackaged food. You will constantly come across palm oil and citric acid. Do not think just a little bit won’t matter. It will.
Another thing you need to look into is what your cookware is sporting. Did you season that cast iron pan with coconut oil? Are you baking dairy products for someone in your favorite seasoned bread pan? It is time to re-season those items and keep separate pans for things cooked for dairy eaters. This shouldn’t effect other pots and pans that are stainless steel or glass. It just washes off and the pot doesn’t absorb the food.
I started ArthritisCooking.com because of the need for arthritis sufferers to start cooking their own food. So, if you feel sick all the time and the doctor tells you there is nothing wrong, if you are taking allergy medicine all year long and taking sleep aids to sleep through the night and you have joint pain, start cooking. You’ll find my recipes very helpful in getting pain-free in just a matter of a few days. You’ll have energy again, you’ll have strength again and you’ll get to sleep through the night without waking up. Those bathroom breaks with start becoming normal again.