Among men and women in the U.S., it’s estimated that around 54 million have a form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (worn cartilage in the joints) is the most common form and affects 31 million.
Exercise is important when you have arthritis. Your parents may not want to get up and move around, but that’s best. Pain relievers are also helpful in managing the pain. Your parents may need to lose weight. Most importantly, they need to focus on the foods they eat. Foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties will help.
What Foods Fight Inflammation?
Some foods help fight inflammation. If you’re looking for foods to add to your parent’s diet after arthritis is diagnosed, try these.
- Beans (Black beans, chickpeas, and red kidney beans)
- Berries (Blackberries, blueberries, red raspberries, and strawberries)
- Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (Anchovies, salmon, sardines, and tuna)
- Cruciforms (Broccoli and Brussels sprouts)
- Greens (Kale and spinach)
- Nuts (Almonds, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts)
- Onions and garlic
- Stone-ground oats
It’s easy to combine these foods. For example, you could make overnight oats using plain, unsweetened almond milk and oats. Top it with nuts and fresh fruit in the morning before serving.
What Foods Are Highest in Antioxidants?
When it comes to foods that are high in antioxidants, you might be surprised by the item in first place. It’s small red beans. After that, you have wild blueberries, red kidney beans, pinto beans, and cultivated blueberries.
If those aren’t appealing, you can move down the list. Cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes, and raspberries round out the top 10 foods with the highest level of antioxidants.
An Ideal Daily Menu
Ideally, your parent wants to incorporate vegetables and fruits into every meal. The best division is to portion out vegetables and fruits on half a plate. A lean protein, such as a fatty fish, should be on one-quarter of the plate. The remaining quarter should be a whole grain item like barley pilaf or a quinoa cake that’s sprayed with olive oil and sauteed.
For snacks, make quick plates with fresh fruit slices and nuts. Try to avoid too much sugar and keep away from packaged foods that contain saturated fat or excess sodium.
Change the foods your parents eat. If arthritis pain is a factor in your mom or dad’s life, a few dietary changes may help. Senior care aides can help your family plan weekly menus, shop for groceries, and cook meals. That’s just a start. Call our senior care agency to learn more about the many senior care options that are available for a senior with arthritis.
If you or a loved one are considering Senior Care Services near Strasburg PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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