EAT THIS, NOT THAT! – Arthritis can be an extremely difficult, uncomfortable, and even painful problem.
Things like stress, too much movement, weather changes, and poor dietary choices can cause arthritis flare-ups and exacerbate symptoms.
To help those with arthritis combat these flare ups, we talked with medical board experts Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, and Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility, about the best drinking habits you can adopt in your daily life.
According to our dietitians, too much added sugar can make arthritis symptoms much worse.
“Adding too many sugary drinks to your diet can be linked to flare-ups, which is not ideal for those with arthritis,” says Manaker.
“Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sweet tea, and many fruity drinks should be limited as much as possible,” says Goodson.
“Over time, excessive intake of added sugars can contribute to chronic inflammation, a contributor to arthritis pain, and many sugar-sweetened beverages have next to no nutritional value, meaning they really provide you with sugar and calories.
“Try swapping these out for water, lightly flavored waters, or even water flavored with fresh fruit as a good low-to-no sugar hydration source” … READ MORE.