Ayurveda and Arthritis

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are extremely common conditions that affect many people in varying degrees. As it often occurs in people aged in their 40s and upwards it is sometimes seen as a sign of getting older and accepted as such but this doesn't have to be the case.

How Diet Affects Arthritis

Diet can have a massive influence on arthritis with certain foods aggravating the condition and causing anything from mild discomfort to chronic pain and even loss of mobility in the affected areas.

In particular, foods from the nightshade family can seriously aggravate arthritis. These foods are common in many people's diets and the thought of removing them completely can cause concern but if you eat a large amount of a particular food, just reducing it can make a difference.

The nightshade family consists of:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Chillies
  • Aubergines

So if you love eating spicy food with lots of chillies, maybe try adding less chilli and including some turmeric which is great for inflammation.

Maybe try swapping regular potatoes for sweet potatoes sometimes as these are more nourishing and don't aggravate arthritic conditions.

Also, try to cut down on cold food and drinks. Again, going cold turkey can be really difficult so if you are a lover of salads, maybe try swapping it out for steamed veg every now and again and when you are having a salad, make sure you include an oily dressing to balance it out (olive oil is great for this).

Find Out More

If you would like to find out more about Ayurveda treatments for arthritis or any other bone related conditions then you can book a consultation with me that will create a tailored approach to treating the condition, not only with diet but also looking at suitable herbs and self massage with an appropriate oil.


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