5. Not Taking Your Arthritis Seriously
There is a difference between the aches and pains associated with physical activity and age, and actual arthritis (15). Arthritis may go into periods of remission, but that is not the same as curing it completely.
It is rare that arthritis is a temporary condition, and by not properly addressing it one can accelerate the progression of the illness temporarily or permanently (16). Taking control of your condition involves making some serious lifestyle changes.
6. Eating Processed Foods
One of the hallmark signs and symptoms of arthritis is inflammation.
Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet once diagnosed with arthritis is one of the most beneficial and important actions you can take (17). That’s partly because processed foods are known inflammatory agents.
Processed foods are generally high in sugar, unhealthy fats, and sodium – all of which cause inflammation.
Incorporate as many anti-inflammatory foods in your diet as possible. These include leafy green vegetables, nuts, fresh or frozen fruits, olive oil, and more. Avoid nightshade vegetables and eat organic to keep yourself in the best condition possible (18).