At Mangar Health, we have seen many of our customers’ living with the effects of arthritis and it got us thinking into whether there was an ‘ideal’ diet for people living with the condition.
Keeping an eye on your diet is so important when you suffer from arthritis. It is important that you are getting the correct vitamins and minerals you need, whilst steering clear from certain foods which are known to increase pain and discomfort.
A diet which is low in processed food (high in omega 6) and rich in fruit, vegetables, fish (high in omega 3) and whole grains has been shown to help fight inflammation and boost your immune system, which is a perfect combination for people living with arthritis.
A diet that is similar to the Mediterranean diet which is renowned for having disease fighting properties is beneficial for those with arthritis.
We have put together some meal ideas, which you could be eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner which includes important ingredients to help with arthritis.
Experts recommend at least two portions of fish twice a week. So having mackerel for breakfast is a great way to make sure you start the day off right with a dish full of those important anti-inflammatory omega 3’s.
Eggs are packed with protein and vitamin B’s so they’re another great way to start the day! Combine them with avocado which is absolutely bursting with vitamins and minerals (20 to be exact) and finish with a bit of smoked salmon on top … yum!
Research has shown that vegetables which are rich in vitamin K reduce inflammatory markers in the blood dramatically. Therefore a soup which contains vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach and Brussel sprouts are a must!
Vegetables and fruits that have a darker or more vibrant colour are known to have more antioxidants. Peppers are high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Add a bit of grilled chicken for protein and some lettuce for your vitamin K and you have a delicious lunch.
Indian dishes are full of delicious flavour and packed with spices and ingredients which not only taste good but are good for your body. Spices such as turmeric, ginger and garlic which are used frequently in a majority of Indian cuisine are packed with anti-inflammatory properties and are a good choice for those living with the condition arthritis.
Enjoy a delicious chilli con carne packed with red kidney beans. Red kidney beans were ranked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top four antioxidant-containing foods. Beans are an excellent source of protein and are loaded with fibre. Combine with whole grain rice and you’ve got another yummy meal to tuck into.
There are loads of recipes out there waiting to be tried, just remember to keep a balanced diet and ensure you are including fish, nuts & seeds, fruit & vegetables, olive oil, beans and whole grains.
If you’re living with the condition of arthritis and looking for further ways to help cope with your condition then you may find the Manager Bathing Cushion useful and helpful. If you would like further information then please click here.
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