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There are different types of arthritis, with different causes and factors which can improve or worsen the condition. Some persons believe that eating foods such as caffeine, chocolate, red wine, sugar, dairy products and red meats can make your arthritis worse.
According to Arthritis Magazine and About.com, as with any medical condition, certain foods, activities and medications affect each person differently.
Some people have demonstrated a sensitivity to caffeine, chocolate and red wine, which adversely affects their arthritis, while others do not appear to have any trouble consuming these foods. Studies cannot rule out the placebo effect - thinking that not eating the food will make you better, in fact, DOES make you better.
You may wish to try removing certain foods from your diet, one food at a time, to see if there is any change in your arthritis. Then you can definitely decide whether or not chocolate is unhealthy for you and your type of arthritis.
Some medications and illnesses such as arthritis can cause no appetite. It is very important that you get the proper vitamins and nutrients. If you are having problems eating talk to you doctor and consider asking your doctor about Ensure. It is a high-calorie nutritional supplement drink that is easy to drink and has a variety of flavors.
When buying breakfast items consider buying the ones that are already pre-prepared like, waffles, pancakes, muffins, etc. Cereal, pop-ups, and instant hot cereals are also good. These items will save you time and they are easy to fix. These kinds of food items are good, because most people with arthritis are usually the stiffest in the early mornings.
Coffee and sodas are a part of a lot of people's daily routines. What a lot of people with arthritis doesn't know, is that caffeine isn't good for your arthritis. Large amounts of caffeine may irritate your arthritis symptoms and make them a whole lot worse. If you think this might me happening to do, consider talking to your arthritis doctor about this and ask him if there are any other foods that could irritate your arthritis.
When buying milk or other beverages that are in those big, heavy, plastic containers, consider buying the smaller containers that are easier ro carry and handle. Or you might want to have someone empty it into a smaller container that your hands will let you open and handle.
Chocolate is full of disease fighting antioxidants. Chocolate also doesn't raise your cholesterol. So enjoy your chocolate and remember with every bite your fighting heart disease and cancer. Just remember though, don't over do it, because too much of a good thing is sometimes bad and can be too much.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|