Joint pain, whether caused by overuse, injury, or arthritis, colors everything about your life. Movement is key to virtually every task, from working to running errands to spending quality time with loved ones. If you experience chronic joint pain, you’re probably looking for a way to feel better without relying on heavy pharmaceuticals, which come with their own downsides.
The good news is that diet can play a huge part in your comfort level. Avoiding foods known to cause inflammation in the body will reduce your suffering a great deal. Along with doctor prescribed physical therapy and medications at their lowest effective dose, you could be back to full power in no time.
Unfortunately, you may need to scale back on some tasty treats. Following are 9 foods you should never eat if you have joint pain.
1. Added Sugars
Our bodies are built to crave sugar because it is a necessary component of our diets. However, in the modern age of processed convenience foods, we typically eat way too much. Sugar causes inflammation because it interacts with fat and protein in our bodies and produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Beyond painful inflammation, AGEs speed up the aging process. It’s best to stick to fruit for your sugar fix because you’ll also get fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants that can counteract the inflammation. Another okay option for sweetness is honey, but avoid products with high fructose corn syrup or refined white sugar, like candy and soda.