What Foods Should You Avoid If You Have Arthritis?

Man holding painful handAs we get older a lot of us start to feel the pain of arthritis. Of course, some of us have felt these aches from a much younger age! Besides popping drugs, is there anything that we can do that will help? Well, the truth is, that removing certain foods from our diet can help!

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Processed Foods

Even if you don't have arthritis, limiting or eliminating processed foods can help our overall health! This includes foods that are high in sugar, white flour, food dyes and preservatives. These foods promote the growth of the wrong types of bacteria in your gut.

All Nightshades

Nightshades contain a chemical called solanine, which causes inflammation and joint pain in people who have arthritis. These include tomatoes, white potatoes, all peppers, eggplants, and goji berries. It also includes anything made with these such as salsa and chili powder. One suggestion is to eliminate these foods for 21-days and then add them back in slowly to see how they make you feel.

Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Corn, Eggs, and Peanuts

These foods are the most common triggers for system-wide inflammation, like arthritis, as well as gut issues like reflux, gas, bloating and general discomfort. Again, like nightshades, you can take them out for 21-days and then add them back in, one-by-one to see how they affect you.


Alcohol causes inflammation in the body stressing your gut and detox systems.


People with severe arthritis or autoimmune disease often havea damaged gut. In addion to removing gluten, you might need to remove all grains to feel better.

Ending Thoughts

I've listed a lot of foods to remove from your diet if you have arthritis, and there are a lot! But, if you develop a plan, you can do it. As I suggested under nightshades, remove them for 21-days and then add them slowly back in to see what affects you. Except for the processed foods, those you should just eliminate!

If you have any questions make sure to ask them in the comments below! Or if you tried to eliminate these foods, let me know how you do!

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