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Arthritis symptoms can fluctuate significantly depending on a wide range of factors, including diet. Though there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways to manage its effects. Doctors often recommend that people with arthritis follow a diet that can help manage their symptoms. These diets usually include foods with anti-inflammatory properties. However, many individuals don’t realize there are foods they should actively avoid, as well. These foods can trigger joint pain directly or affect the disease in other ways.

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1. Milk and Dairy

A 2017 study suggests that milk has anti-inflammatory properties, which led to many dietitians recommending it to their arthritis patients. However, dairy products contain a special type of protein that may irritate the tissues around the joints. Because of this, many people with arthritis develop worse symptoms after increasing their dairy intake. While the evidence is conflicting, experts recommend that people with arthritis evaluate their symptoms; if dairy seems to exacerbate the condition, eliminate it from the diet.

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