How to Reduce Inflammation from Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red patches with scaling. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. It can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine, and can range from relatively mild to severe.
You may be familiar with the commercials featuring pro golfer Phil Mickelson, who has psoriatic arthritis.
Unlike other forms of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis causes swelling of the fingers and toes, at times to the point of deformities. It may cause foot pain, especially at the back of your heel (Achilles tendinitis) or in the sole of your foot (plantar fasciitis). Some people develop a condition called spondylitis as a result of psoriatic arthritis. Spondylitis mainly causes inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae of your spine and in the joints between your spine and pelvis (sacroiliitis).
As with other forms of arthritis, there is no cure. However, with the guidance of your doctor and proper nutrition, pain and inflammation can be reduced.
Nutritionally, there are foods that help alleviate the inflammation. Following a healthy lifestyle will help greatly with managing pain and discomfort.
Let’s start with what NOT to eat. It is best to eliminate gluten and yeast from your diet as these create inflammation. Also, stop drinking alcohol and eating red meat. Both are very aggravating to psoriasis. So, what can you eat? Foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids top the list. These are anti-inflammatory and have been proven to reduce disease activity. These foods include salmon, tuna, olive oil, flax and chia seeds, nuts and avocados.
Food that are loaded with antioxidants help reduce the harmful oxidative stress from chronic inflammation. The best food sources of antioxidants include dark berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts, dark chocolate, and green tea.
Weight management and blood sugar control is crucial for people with psoriatic arthritis. Eating unprocessed whole grains can help avoid insulin spikes. Start adding oats, brown rice and quinoa to your meal plan.
Please contact me if you would like help creating a healthier lifestyle. You can reach me, Sue Force at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-580-3404.
Here is a delicious smoothie recipe that is loaded with antioxidants and Young Living products that will nourish your soul.
Ningxia Red Sunrise Smoothie
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen mixed berries – choose dark berries for extra benefits
1 small apple (remove seeds and core) – good for your heart, antioxidants
1 cup ice cubes
½ cup NingXia Red (incredible antioxidant blend)
½ cup plain Greek yogurt (improves digestion)
1 Tbsp Orgain Organics protein powder (gluten free)
½ tsp pure vanilla extract (powerful antioxidant, reduces inflammation)
2-3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality (antioxidant, Vitamin C, boosts immune system)
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
Makes 5 to 5 ½ cups.