Arthritis diet: 5 arthritis-friendly foods you shouldn’t live without - expert


An arthritis diagnosis can be a very daunting experience, as there is no cure for the chronic pain condition. Emily Johnson, author and blogger, knows the feeling of “despair” that can accompany a diagnosis all too well, after being diagnosed with the condition in her twenties. However, Emily found changing her diet redefined her relationship to arthritis - and she hopes to educate anyone else with arthritis on how to do the same.

Emily Johnson started her Instagram account, The Arthritis Foodie, shortly after she was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 21.

Speaking about this time in her life, Emily said: “I was just in complete despair. The word arthritis to me, a 21-year-old at that point, just didn’t make sense.

"I was like ‘but I’m not old?!’, because everyone else in the waiting room was in their 60s and 70s. I just felt so embarrassed and ashamed.”

Although Emily took some time to adjust to her new diagnosis, she began to experiment with new approaches to living with arthritis, starting with completely changing her diet.

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Arthritis diet: 5 arthritis-friendly foods you shouldn’t live without - expert

What foods are good for arthritis? (Image: Getty)

Arthritis diet: 5 arthritis-friendly foods you shouldn’t live without - expert

How can changing your diet help with arthritis pain? (Image: Getty)

Arthritis diet: 5 arthritis-friendly foods you shouldn’t live without - expert

Healthy plant-based foods can help to manage arthritis (Image: Getty)

In her book, Beat Arthritis Naturally, Emily has a whole chapter dedicated to the essentials you should always have in your cupboards for arthritis-friendly cooking.

These are five of the foods Emily says she couldn’t live without.

1 - Kale

Emily said: “I absolutely love kale - you can put it in smoothies, you can bake it and make really nice kale crisps, add it to soups, add it to curries!

“It’s so yummy. I’m a fan of any vegetables you can throw into anything.”

Kale and other leafy green vegetables are high in antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation.

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Arthritis diet: 5 arthritis-friendly foods you shouldn’t live without - expert

Kale is rich in antioxidants (Image: Getty)

Fruits have plenty of health benefits as they’re packed with nutrients yet low in calories.

Berries in particular are rich in antioxidants.

Emily said: “I always have fruits in the house. Bananas, raspberries and blueberries are my favourites.

“I keep frozen fruits too so if I haven’t had time to grab anything fresh I’ll grab frozen fruits and make a smoothie.”

5 - Nuts

Nuts and seeds are full of healthy fats, and are recommended as a snack for people with arthritis.

Emily said: “I always make sure I have nuts in - cashew nuts, brazil nuts, almonds.

“In my book, I include my favourite recipe for an arthritis-friendly spicy nut mix, which you can batch-cook. I make a big batch and put the spicy nuts into a big jar that sits on my desk.”