Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition causes by inflammation and affects the joints of the body.
Evidence describes RA an an autoimmune reaction which basically means that the bodies immune system attacks the body, in this case it is the joint tissues. The consequences of this include stiffening of joints, pains, joint swelling and immobility in some cases. When joints are invested soft tissue swelling and narrowing of the spaces between joints are found along with erosion of joint cartilage and even deformities of joints.
There are many reasons why a person might develop RA although the exact triggers of the autoimmune response are largely unknown, what is evident however is that there are a great many factors that contribute to RA including the bodies ability to detoxify, environmental factors, good allergies and of course nutrition.
If you have early stages of RA or have had it for some time exploring your nutritional factors would be advantageous to reducing symptoms and improving living with RA.
Our diet therapy includes a detailed process of food allergy detection and elimination followed by a thorough process of reintroduction to help identify allergens and food intolerances. This precedes making prescribed dietary alterations for improved symptoms.
What foods might we recommend?
Everyone has different triggers so it is difficult to say specifically unless you invest in dietary therapy. However, here are some key factors that we find trend across most of our RA clients:
1) Eat ginger! To be fair this is something we prescribe to almost all clients because ginger is just amazing. In this case not only will it provide natural pain killing properties it also has great anti-inflammatory properties.
2) Create an alkaline balance in your diet. This comes from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables especial dark green leafy veg, Beetroot, pineapple, pears, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, garlic and onion to name but a few. There have been studies which demonstrate that lower joint pH (more acidic) can cause greater inflammation and pain.
3) Ensure your diet is rich in antioxidants. Again fruits and veg are a great source of antioxidants for the body, colourful foods tend to be rich in antioxidants (unless it’s the colour from artificial colourings of course)!
The tips above are quite descriptive of a more vegetarian diet, whilst you may not need to be completely vegetarian following a nutrition protocol that is focused on fresh fruits and vegetables might help eliminate some or even all symptoms.
The power of a food diary
Try recording a food and symptom diary and look for patterns, for example do you find your symptoms are worse after steak night or better after a day filled with fruits and veggies?
As an extra tip for times of flare ups try juicing, juicing in the right way can be a great method to load the body with the nutrients you need. A fantastic juice in pineapple and ginger (the fiery the better).