Candy Canes, Cookies, Cakes and Pies… and Knee Pain?

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Candy Canes, Cookies, Cakes and Pies… and Knee Pain?

The holiday season is in full swing, which means holiday lights, decorations, time with family, and food.

Lots and lots of food.

Candy canes, cookies, cakes, and pies. Ham, mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, green bean casseroles, crackers, cheese. The list goes on and on and on.

Though it’s probably in the best interest of all of us to limit our intake of high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar, and high-calorie holiday foods- For those of us with knee osteoarthritis, it is extra important. That is if you want to avoid a painful flair-up of osteoarthritis symptoms.

As we’ve covered in previous articles, certain foods and beverages have compounds that can trigger the body to produce chemicals that cause painful inflammation in the joints.

Though inflammation is a naturally occurring process in the body that can help the body heal from injuries and fight infection, when it goes wrong or goes on for too long, our bodies become compromised.

In fact, uncontrolled inflammation is not only a culprit in knee pain and osteoarthritis, but it is also linked to certain diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and even depression.

Sometimes consuming inflammatory foods can cause painful symptoms immediately, while at other times it could take a little while.

Nonetheless, these diet-based symptoms are likely to be experienced at some point and may include not only increased knee and joint pain, but also symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, weight gain, brain fog, depression, and mood swings.

However, this doesn’t mean that this holiday season while everyone is having that turkey, stuffing, and buttery mashed potatoes, you must abstain entirely.

What it means is that being aware of the foods that can trigger inflammation and as a result, increase knee pain, may help you to make better choices or at least limit your intake of these foods.

A few cookies and a slice of the pie usually aren’t enough to trigger a flare-up of inflammation, unless you are already experiencing knee pain, in which case these really should be avoided or very limited. However, for the most part, eating some of these foods shouldn’t be a problem, as long as they are not consumed in excess.

In our next article, we will take a look at some of the foods that those of us with knee osteoarthritis should limit or even avoid altogether. And we will look at practical solutions such as adding some healthy options into our diet this holiday season, rather than restricting these foods entirely.

 

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