5 Worst Foods for Arthritis & Joint Pain

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Did you know that the foods you eat on a daily basis might actually be contributing to your arthritis pain?

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Believe it or not, the dietary choices you make can have a big impact on the amount of pain you experience. Luckily, by knowing which foods can cause the most inflammation and discomfort, you can begin to avoid the vicious and debilitating pain cycle caused by your osteoarthritis.

1. Sugar, why do you hurt me so good?

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Sugar. You crave it for no reason. Or so you think. It may come as no surprise that sugar is a culprit in creating addictive behaviors as the body releases the feel-good chemicals known as endorphins (namely dopamine and opioids). Refined sugar, in particular, is highly stimulating. Aside from insatiable cravings, it can also lead to many different health issues, including its active role in increasing inflammation. This inflammation occurs through a fairly complex process -- when you eat sugar it increases your blood glucose level. Then, in turn, this increase in blood sugar raises insulin. When this happens, inflammatory "messengers" known as cytokines are released, telling the body to launch an immune response that attacks cells and causes the pain and discomfort associated with inflammation. Kicking your sugar habit can greatly reduce the pain you experience with your arthritis.

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