Nutrition! A topic of controversies and myths. The goal of this segment is not to look at the pros or cons of the different hypotoxic or non-inflammatory diets that have been popular for the last few years but rather to give you food for thought.
First of all, the ''not so secret'' secret to good general health is good nutrition. Canada’s food guide is an excellent basis (here). Please note that the current guide is under revision therefore it is possible that the recommendations will change in the next year or two.
Having good eating habits will help you reach an healthy weight and maintain it. The loss of one single pound of fat removes four pounds of pressure off your knees. If you suffer from articular pain on your lower body, it has a substantial impact.
''Santé et services sociaux Québec'' created some brochures on general health including one on nutrition and on the importance of calcium and vitamin D. You can access them here and here. People whit arthritis are at higher risk for osteoporosis so having an inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D can affect the health of their bones.
The Arthritis society provide some tips on nutrition behavior that you can read here.
Keep in mind that the important thing in all of this is to make sure that your body has all it needs to stay healthy. Having deficiencies after removing certain food groups from your diet can increase your feeling of tiredness and decrease your energy level. Do not hesitate to ask for a follow-up with a nutritionist. It can help you see through all the information available on the internet or in general.
You can also ask the nurses at the clinic. Documentation is available.
Keep an eye on our web site. A nutritionist will discuss different topics that affect people with an inflammatory autoimmune disease. There are web capsule in French with English subtitles. You can watch them here. Also, you can go to the Arthritis society site to get more information or follow this link.