The typical American diet includes high-protein foods like beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Just about every meal in typical American diets center around protein. If you eat this type of diet, chances are you get plenty of protein. In fact, you probably get more protein than you need. Despite what fitness buffs and the makers of protein supplements may imply, most people don’t need a lot of extra protein in their diet. What most of us really need is more movement and exercise in our daily lives to reduce inflammation.
What’s So Bad About Protein?
With a high protein diet, your body may not give off any immediate signals that you’ve eaten too much of it. However, long-term, too much protein (especially from animal sources), can increase inflammation in your body. And, it can cause health problems. So, how much protein is enough, and how much is too much?
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of protein is a modest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. To determine your daily protein intake, you can multiply your weight in pounds by 0.36. Or, use this online protein calculator.
Your diet can make a huge difference in your pain level. For example, adding more fiber and water helps alleviate constipation that causes back pain. Cutting back on fats and sugars helps you lose the weight that makes your arthritis unbearable. Cutting back on sugary beverages can help reduce inflammation that exacerbates the pain from a variety of medical conditions.
Is There an Arthritis Diet?
While there is no specific “arthritis diet” the following foods are known to inflame your joints. Furthermore, research suggests if you suffer from inflammatory arthritis, avoid these altogether, or at least make an effort to cut back on:
- Fried and processed foods
- Red meat, such as beef burgers and steaks
- Processed meats like hot dogs, bratwurst, and other sausages
- Unnatural sugars and refined carbohydrates like the ones you find in bagged bread and pastries
- Dairy products, because for many people, casein, a protein common in milk, ice cream, and cheese, has been shown to irritate the tissue around joints
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Excessive salt
- Vegetable oils such as corn and soy
- Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
For many of us, taking these items out of our diet may leave you wondering what you can eat. That is easy. Keep your diet simple with whole foods. Here is a list of foods a recent Harvard Health Study shows can actually reduce your inflammation:
- Olive oil
- Leafy greens
- Fatty fish
Many of these foods fit what’s known as the “Mediterranean Diet.” This type of diet has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory way to eat. Finding the right path through a maze of different foods can be a challenge. However, it is also rewarding when you start to feel better from less inflammation.
Adding an effective joint supplement to your diet may also help to increase joint mobility, reduce inflammation, support cartilage repair, decrease stiffness, and stimulate lubricating fluids in the joints.
How Flexcin Can Help
With powerful ingredients like cetyl myristoleate (CM8) and more traditional anti-inflammation ingredients like glucosamine, MSM, bromelain, and Collagen, Flexcin is an effective supplement that may help with mobility, inflammation, and prevent further joint degeneration. Flexcin Motion Lotion is a topical cream that may be safely used to provide relief for symptoms of arthritis due to joint pain.
At Flexcin we have been making all-natural joint care supplements since the year 2000, and have helped thousands of people find an alternative relief to their joint issues. We provide US-made supplements with powerful ingredients used as alternatives to decreasing swelling and rebuilding damaged tissue. And, we offer it at a no-risk 90-day trial. If you try Flexcin and are unsatisfied with the results after taking it for three months, simply return the empty bottles for a full refund less shipping and handling.