5 Foods That Can Increase Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain can affect most joints in the body, and it can really be debilitating. If you have this problem, you should avoid these ‘trigger’ foods that can make the inflammation worse:


  1. Fried/processed foods. Research suggests that reducing intake of fried and processed foods will restore your body’s defenses and improve your pain. Don’t eat fried meats with breading and frozen meals. Instead, eat more fruits and vegetables.
  2. Sugar and simple carbohydrates. High amounts of sugar can cause inflammation in the joints. So, cut out candy, processed foods, white flour and sugared soda.
  3. Dairy foods. Most dairy products contain types of proteins that can cause arthritis inflammation. It is thought that the protein could irritate joint tissues. Try to get your protein from vegetables, quinoa, nuts, tofu, beans and spinach. Also try treatment for pain management as you reduce your dairy intake.
  4. Tobacco and alcohol. Using either or both can lead to joint problems. Smokers have higher risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis. People who consume a lot of alcohol can get gout.
  5. Salt. Many Americans foods have high levels of salt, which increases shelf life and company profits. But excess salt consumption can inflame the joints. Avoid foods with a lot of sodium, especially processed foods.

Arthritis pain can be lessened if you follow these simple dietary guidelines. Good luck!