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A Diet Rich in Anti-Inflammatory Foods May Help Ease Arthritis

What you eat and how much you weigh won't cause osteoarthritis (OA, the most common form of arthritis) or cure it, but both may have an e ffect on its symptoms. A substantial body of evidence is making the case that in¬flammation of joints--or the lack of it--could be associated with certain foods.

"During the past decade, we have learned that dietary changes may improve arthritis symptoms and promote overall health," says Rachel Stahl, RD, CDN, a clinical dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

If Beef Is On the Menu, Choose the Leanest Cuts

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has said that "dietary patterns with positive health bene fits" include those that are lower in red meat, and they also recommend consuming less saturated fat, of which some cuts of beef are a signi ficant source.

Gut Health Extends Beyond Your Belly to Your Overall Health

"Gut health" is not the most eloquent term in the medical dictionary, nor is it clearly defined, but it is a popular and important health topic: As many as 25 million Americans have a gastrointestinal disorder.

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