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4 Simple Dietary Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis

Doctor examining psoriasis symptoms on patientThe symptoms associated with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can be extremely uncomfortable to say the least. However, several patients have taken to the internet to share their successes using their diet to help reduce their flare-ups. We’ve done some research, and the following dietary tips could be of some benefit to you if you’ve been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.

Please note that clinical research studies have yet to identify a solid association between a person’s dietary habits and psoriatic flare-ups. That being said, we’ve seen how one’s diet can be used to combat conditions like gout and other forms of arthritis. Just be sure to talk to your primary health care provider before you make any significant changes to your diet. There’s a chance that it could react negatively with a medication you are taking for you condition.

(Want to help others battling this disease and get paid? Our staff  is looking to enroll people for a psoriatic arthritis clinical trial here in Birmingham, AL.)

With that said, here are the dietary recommendations we have found for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis:

No.1) Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Clinical studies have shown that the consumption of sugar can increase the level of inflammation in the body– additionally it can lead to weight gain. By cutting back on the sugar, you might be able to reduce your risk of flare ups. Plus, it’s advisable to maintain a healthy weight while living with arthritis, as this equates to less stress on affected joints.

So what do you do to satisfy those sugar cravings? We don’t advise turning to artificial sweeteners when cutting back on sugar. Instead, you could find ways to swap out the sugar for natural substitutes like honey, agave syrup and molasses.

Check out this video if you want some more helpful tips for cutting back on sugar:

No. 2) Eating Less Red Meat

This is another one that may seem daunting, especially if you are a fan eating things like steak, bacon or salami. Studies have indicated that eating more red meat could cause complications for people living with psoriatic arthritis. Instead, we recommend finding ways to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Please don’t think that we are telling you not to eat meat. It’s just advisable that you practice moderation, and also experiment with some leaner types of meat when you do eat it.

Good sources of lean meat include:

  • Fish (also a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids)
  • Poultry (most often chicken)
  • Pork

No. 3) Find Healthy Sources of Fat

Psoriatic arthritis patient using healthier cooking oilsSaturated fats can be a real problem if they make up a significant percentage of your dietary fat intake. Not only could it be putting you at greater risk for developing high cholesterol, but it can make weight management on harder and increase your level of joint pain. Again the name of the game here is “moderation.” We understand that people have their favorite comfort foods, but it can make them that much more special if you eat have them only occasionally.

In order to improve your level of healthy fat consumption, then it’s important to find ways to incorporate more unsaturated fats into your cooking. These healthier fats actually help reduce inflammation within the body naturally and taste really good too. Next time you’re at the grocery store, here are few cooking oils to look into:

  • Safflower
  • Olive
  • Grapeseed
  • Walnut
  • Avocado

No. 4) Get More Antioxidant Rich Foods

Colorful fruits like apples don’t only taste really good, they are also rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants help fight many of the worse symptoms of psoriatic arthritis such as swelling, tenderness and joint stiffness. Additionally, oranges and other foods that are rich in vitamins A and C to help maintain their health.

Remember that taking steps to improve your diet is only one piece of the pie. Making sure that you are exercising regularly and learning to deal effectively with stress are also very important aspects when managing psoriatic arthritis. If you’d like to learn more about managing psoriatic arthritis, then we recommend checking these tips from real patients.

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