HealthGrades.com – If you have arthritis of the spine (ankylosing spondylitis), the fuel you choose can make a big difference in how you feel every day.
Here are some tips for making the most of your meals. [These anti-arthritis tips are good for all, whether you have joint pain or not. – Editor]
1. Do: Eat a well-balanced diet.
Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to cope with the challenges of daily life with AS. Eat plenty of fresh, healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Consume limited amounts of fats, especially saturated fats found in animal products. Steer clear of diets that eliminate entire food groups or allow you to eat only a few select meals. Healthy Diets Have This One Food In Common: Mayo Clinic
2. Don’t: Fall for fad diets.
You’ll likely come across ads or articles about the latest nutritional cures for arthritis. But no diet has been shown to ease all symptoms or cure the disease. Some of these plans actually harm your health.
Avoid diets with high-dose alfalfa, copper salts, or zinc, or that severely limit calories and fat. And always work with your health care provider or a nutritionist to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrients. Mediterranean, DASH Top Best Diets List
3. Do: Get enough calcium and vitamin D.
These two nutrients strengthen bones, reducing your risk for osteoporosis. Most adults need 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day, but ask your health care provider how much you require.
Calcium-rich foods include dairy products, kale, broccoli, and fortified cereals or juices. Vitamin D is found in some fish, and your body produces it when exposed to the sun. Your health care provider may recommend supplements. Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Work: Study
4. Do: Ask how your medications interact with your diet.
Different medicines will affect your body’s ability to absorb electrolytes and nutrients in different ways. For instance, some medicines may cause you to retain sodium, while others reduce your levels of potassium or folic acid.
You may need to eat special foods or take supplements to offset these imbalances. In other cases, you’ll need to avoid certain foods that can interact with your medicines … Common Foods and Drugs You Should Never Mix | Read more.
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