Natural Cures For Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a very painful condition, and while there are several different medications that are commonly prescribed to sufferers, many people prefer to avoid the side-effects, and seek out more natural therapies. To gain more general information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, please refer to this link.
In this article we will look at the most effective natural cures for Rheumatoid Arthritis relief.
Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Conventional medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis focuses on reducing inflammation, limiting joint deformities, pain relief and improving the person's ability to function. Medications used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis include NSAIDs, DMARDs, TNF alpha inhibitors, IL-6 inhibitors, T-cell activation inhibitors, B-cell depletors, JAK inhibitors, immunosuppressants, and steroids! That's quite a chemical combination, along with all the risky 'side effects' that these (and all) medications carry.
For a more rounded, natural approach to the treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis, you need to consider lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, smoking cessation, adequate rest (but not bed rest), and a nutritious diet.
Natural cures for rheumatoid arthritis relief are aimed at alleviating inflammation, which helps to prevent pain and joint destruction. This combined with exercises to maintain joint function, should help in restoring quality of life, and more importantly, preserving independence.
Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Since rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease (it effects the whole body) a nutritionally balanced diet which limits refined sugars, fried foods and trans-fats is suggested. Diets high in these foods may increase the production of inflammation within the body. As we are trying to reduce inflammation, avoiding these foods is essential.
Acid forming foods may also contribute to increased levels of inflammation and should be taken out of your diet as much as possible. Foods that tend to cause more acidity include grains, sugar, dairy products, fish, processed foods, and meats like corned beef and turkey. Eating more fruits and vegetables, along with curbing your refined carb and dairy intake, may help balance pH levels within your body and assist in lowering acidity. Substituting fish which contains omega 3 fatty acids (in fish oils) for meats' omega 6 fatty acids, has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Also, if you are overweight, your joints have to bear all that extra stress and weight, so maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial.
Natural Cures For Rheumatoid Arthritis
The following natural supplements have been shown to be highly beneficial and provide relief for those suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis. They are most effective when used in combination.
- Omega 3 fish oils have been shown to help reduce inflammatory. It's incredible anti-inflammatory properties are showing amazing results with a whole range of illness, from back pain, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, dementia etc.
- Emu oil and Turmeric have also shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in some studies. Scientists are now looking at ways to combine the effects of emu oil and turmeric to develop an even more effective product, but so far have not been able to effectively combine the two.
- Resveratrol has been studied to explore its potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and anticancer properties. Resveratrol is thought to work by assisting your body to block the molecules which trigger oxidative stress and inflammation. It is found in a number of fruits and vegetables, but especially in grapeskins. You can add red grapes, blueberries, cocoa, peanuts and pistachios to your diet. It is also found in red wine
- Boswellia Serrata: Research shows Boswellia's anti-inflammatory properties reduce joint swelling and pain. It is good for reducing stiffness and the need to use NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medications).
- Vitamin D: Some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are osteoporotic (low bone density). Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone health. Egg yolks, saltwater fish, cheese and liver are good sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also obtained by your skin being exposed to the sun. If you have little sun exposure (particularly in winter time) and do not eat the above foods, you may need to have your vitamin D levels tested regularly.
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
When coping with a chronic, systemic disease like rheumatoid arthritis, the best chance of effectively managing it means you need to cover as many bases as possible.
Have a good look at your diet, and try to reduce or even eliminate those foods that could be aggravating inflammation. Also try some of the natural supplements we recommend here, they are all proven to be effective at reducing inflammation and helping swollen and painful joints.
In the next article we cover exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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