Diet for ankylosing spondylitis can be very helpful in managing this disease, however it cannot cure it.
There are many options and many different diets available, but you should do proper research because some of these diets can cause more harm than good.
Alcohol use is discouraged since it reduces the absorption of nutrients by damaging the stomach and the small bowel. It may also enhance the effect of the medications you’re taking, or make them ineffective; and also do a lot of damage to the liver.
Diet for ankylosing spondylitis may include some dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and other substances. Talk to your doctor before using any of these.
Folic acid supplements can help the patients endure drug treatments for longer periods of time. It proved helpful to take folic acid during treatments with the drug called methotrexate.
While using the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it is recommended to have a banana and yogurt every day during the treatment. NSAIDs damage the stomach lining, and yogurt and banana helps protect it and keep it healthy.
There is a special diet for ankylosing spondylitis, developed by a doctor from London. This low starch/high protein diet has helped a lot of people, but for many others it has not been successful. The London “AS” diet consists of:
- Reducing the intake of: breads and other products made from flour, pasta, all types of rice, and potatoes (including chips).
- Increasing the intake of: fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, milk and other dairy products, and all types of meat.
- No limitations for beverages or spices.
Diet for ankylosing spondylitis – safe foods list:
- Vegetables and leafy greens
- Brussel sprouts
- Meat and fish
- Fruits (especially pears and grapes), fresh and dried (avoiding the unripe fruits)
- Eggs, cooked in any way
- Sauces and spices
- Rice (white rice is safe in most cases)
Diet for ankylosing spondylitis – the “no-no” foods:
- Grains (wheat, oats, rye, barley etc.)
- Legumes (soy, lentils, beans, peas etc.)
- Onions, garlic
- Potato and other potato products
- Soy milk
Diet for ankylosing spondylitis is not strictly defined, as people’s organisms may react differently to various foods. It is important to talk to your doctor before starting a diet, and then make sure to follow it unless you see it’s not working. By trying different foods, you should be able to tell which foods feel good to you, and which to avoid.
We mentioned that there are some groundbreaking new in the field of ankylosing spondylitis research. We were talking about a holistic protocol known as the Norton protocol that is reported to have an amazing success rate with autoimmune disease. You can learn more by visiting the home page of the protocol as well as get a more comprehensive picture about the right diet for ankylosing spondylitis.