2. Added Sugars
Sugar is another very addictive substance, although it’s far more common than the aforementioned tobacco. Sugar is present in all kinds of foods, which is a massive problem for arthritis sufferers.
Sugar is directly linked to inflammation, because proteins and fats in the body interact with it, which makes the body release something called advanced glycation end products. These accelerate aging and can cause painful inflammation, thus worsening arthritis symptoms.
Many people can’t wake up without a good cup of coffee in the morning. It’s not a very bad habit, either, as coffee has been shown to have significant health benefits, like reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and multiple types of cancer. Unfortunately, coffee has also been found to increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies indicate that coffee contains ingredients that trigger the rheumatoid factor and sadly, the negative effect is even held with decaffeinated coffee. If you’re at no risk at all of developing arthritis, then by all means drink some coffee. However, if you already have other risk factors for the disease, you might want to consider a switch to tea.