Arthritis & Nutrition, guest post by Jill Brook, Nutritionist

As part of my 3-part series on arthritis, I asked local nutrition expert, Jill Brook for some tips. Here’s some wisdom from her. Enjoy!

A healthy diet can help the body in its efforts to heal itself, and in some cases, particular foods can lessen symptoms. To address problems commonly associated with arthritis, try the following:

Dietary Recommendations

  • Decrease protein toward 10 percent of daily caloric intake. Replace animal protein as much as possible with plant protein. Eliminate milk and milk products, substituting other calcium sources.
  • Eat organically grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible as well as organic products made from wheat and soy.  If you believe you have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat or soy, avoid these foods altogether.
  • Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat.
  • Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids by supplementing with fish oil.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat ginger and turmeric regularly or take them in supplement form.
  • Avoid highly processed foods as much as possible.

Jill Brook M.A. is owner of Diet for Health in La Cañada, CA. She can be reached by phone at 818-952-0668 or through her website. I subscribe to her weekly email list and highly recommend it for a weekly dose of nutritional common sense, wisdom and science-based evidence. Sign up through her website. It’s free!