Foods to Avoid When You Suffer From These 5 Most Common Diseases

What foods should I avoid if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

  • dairy products
  • meat
  • sugar
  • caffeine

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder whereby the body’s immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness. A cure is yet to be found and that’s why so far medication remains the most common method for managing the condition. Despite not being conclusively proven, it is thought that diet has an effect on the severity of RA symptoms.

It’s interesting to note that doctors who have treated RA patients have observed a large number of them also suffer from food sensitivities. Eliminating common culprit food/s from the diet and evaluating the effect on symptoms may be worth the effort for many RA sufferers.


What foods to avoid when you suffer from acid reflux?

  • fried food
  • processed baked products
  • caffeine
  • carbonated beverages
  • spicy food
  • alcohol
  • meat
  • dairy products

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is characterized by a painful burning sensation in the upper abdomen or chest area after eating. It is caused by stomach acid traveling back up the esophagus, causing discomfort and long term damage if untreated. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight and making sensible lifestyle choices, managing your diet is a major factor in controlling acid reflux. There is a direct correlation between the consumption of acidic foods or foods that trigger an acidic response during digestion, and an overproduction of stomach acid.

Other ways to relieve acid reflux naturally is to avoid eating right before going to bed, (That’s how you can lower stomach acid and partially empty your stomach for the night) relax when you eat, and chew your food well, elevate the upper part of your body during sleep so that your throat and stomach can be on different levels.


What foods not to eat when suffering from gout?

  • meat and meat products, including offal
  • seafood
  • yeast
  • alcoholic beverages
  • beans, peas, lentils, asparagus, cauliflower and mushrooms

Gout is an intensely painful condition by which uric acid crystals form in the joints. As well as being naturally present in our body tissues, uric acid is also produced as the end product of the metabolic process of protein foods. A healthy individual will have no problem eliminating uric acid from the bloodstream via the kidneys, however when there is an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood, or the kidneys are unable to process it, the uric acid settles in the joints where it crystallizes.

Managing gout requires a bit of a complicated approach, and since purines have a direct effect on uric acid production, one of the most sensible actions is to avoid, or at least significantly restrict purine containing foods.


What foods to avoid when having kidney stones?

Kidney stones have been described as excruciatingly painful solid masses that form in the kidneys. Calcium oxalate stones are most common and formed when there is excessive calcium and oxalate in the urine. Similarly, calcium phosphate stones can form if the urine has high levels of calcium and phosphate, and high concentrations of uric acid can lead to the development of uric acid stones. There is a well accepted link between the presence of these compounds in food and the respective formation of these stones.

Foods to avoid for calcium oxalate stones:

  • meat and meat products including offal
  • seafood including shellfish
  • processed foods high in sodium e.g. fast food, snack food
  • spinach, beets, rhubarb, nuts, chocolate, wheat bran, buckwheat


Foods to avoid for calcium phosphate stones:

  • meat and meat products including offal
  • seafood including shellfish
  • processed foods high in sodium e.g. fast food, snack food


Foods to avoid for uric acid stones:

  • meat and meat products including offal
  • seafood including shellfish


What foods to avoid if I have type 2 diabetes?

  • sugar and sugar containing foods
  • fruit juice
  • dried fruit
  • white carbohydrates i.e. rice, bread, flour
  • full fat dairy products
  • high fat meat
  • processed snack foods and bakery products
  • fried foods

People with type 2 diabetes are unable to produce enough insulin to keep the glucose in their blood within a normal range. It is a disorder with no cure, but one that can be managed by adopting a healthy lifestyle that involves plenty of exercise and a nutrition program that is low in foods causing blood glucose spikes.

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I’m Nick – a nutrition enthusiast who takes his healthy lifestyle at heart, and an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete. Being the main author and founder of, I’m constantly looking to expand my experience and knowledge of food, health, sport, and organic living, so I can become the best version of myself, and help others achieve the same.

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