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There’s no quick fix when it comes to reducing arthritis pain, but recent research suggests that following a healthy, plant-based diet and adding in certain foods could help. “The goal of your diet should be to eat foods that have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can help manage symptoms like joint pain, swelling and tenderness,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Kim Larson, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
It’s also important to stay at a healthy weight in order to reduce stress on joints, says Larson, and every pound counts. Research has shown that for each pound of body weight lost, there’s a 4-pound reduction in knee joint stress, so even modest weight loss can significantly lighten the load on your joints. Want to know exactly which foods should fill your plate? Read on to discover the six rules you should follow to help ease arthritis pain.
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