Inflammatory arthritis pain makes your senior’s life miserable. The pain makes it hard for him to remain active. Pain relievers can only help so much, but he doesn’t want to use them all day, every day. Other prescription medications may be used instead. In addition, his doctor mentioned an anti-inflammatory diet. Will it really work?
Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis are two key forms of inflammatory arthritis.
With rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammation often hits the joints in the hands and feet and can progress from there. Inflammation in the feet may keep your dad from wanting to stand or walk around.
Psoriatic arthritis occurs in people who also have psoriasis. The inflammation makes the joints painful and swollen. Fingers and toes are commonly affected by this form of arthritis. Feet and the lower back are other areas.
In each type of arthritis, it’s the inflammation that causes the pain. To reduce it, diet can help. Certain foods have been found to help relieve inflammation in the body. It’s those foods that your dad should add to his diet.
What Are Examples of Anti-Inflammatory Foods?
-Berries are one of the best fruits if you are looking to ease inflammation. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are important. Cherries are another fruit to add to your dad’s daily diet.
–Leafy green vegetables like chard, kale, and spinach are also good additions to his daily diet. Have him enjoy nuts like almonds, pecans, and walnuts. He could use ground almonds in place of flour for a baked form of fried chicken.
-When it comes to oils, olive oil is one of the best to add to his diet. He could also use walnut oil, though it is a bit pricier. Tomatoes are good at helping with inflammation. Finally, fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, and sardines are important. He wants to boost omega-3 fatty acids.
If he’s looking for a diet to follow, there are sites and books for anti-inflammatory diets. He could also use a diet like the Mediterranean Diet that avoids saturated fat, red meat, and focuses on vegetables, whole grains, and seafood.
Are There Foods She Should Avoid?
Your dad needs to avoid certain foods, too. Beef and organ meats are believed to increase the body’s inflammatory response. Fatty foods like hamburgers and fries aren’t good for fighting inflammation. Lard and shortening are also best avoided. Processed/smoked meats, sugary drinks, and unhealthy refined carbs like pastries, cookies, and cakes are other foods to avoid.
Help him to age at home by arranging senior care services. Caregivers can help him with difficult household chores, meal preparation, and medication reminders. He’ll gain a companion and never have to feel alone. Call a senior care agency to arrange home care for your dad.