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When living with a chronic condition like Ankylosing Spondylitis, it is important that you eat right. The relation between food and Ankylosing Spondylitis has always been unclear. A study conducted in 2017 and published in the European Journal of Rheumatology reported that the evidence on the relationship between diet and AS is extremely limited. However, many patients believe that diet influences their symptoms.
There is no consensus on a specific dietary pattern for Ankylosing Spondylitis, but all experts agree on the benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet in terms of inflammation and body weight.
Know which foods are best for you
Learn to steer clear of inflammation-causing foods
Foods like sugar, salt and high sodium foods, red meat, foods that contain saturated fats, starch, gluten, alcohol trigger inflammation and hence need to be avoided.
Beware of fad diets and false claims
Opting for diets that call for restricting a particular nutrient or adding supplements in high doses may actually do more harm than good. Work with a nutritionist to ensure that you are eating a well-balanced diet with all the essential nutrients. 
Starting a new diet? Ask these questions:
A healthy diet is a part of a healthy life. Although sticking to a healthy diet all the time may be challenging, it is important that you start eating healthfully to live well with Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Always remember to consult your Rheumatologist before beginning a new diet routine.
Mcfarlene T, et al. European Journal of Rheumatology. 2017. DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2017.16103
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