Diet for Rheumatoid arthritis is not complicated. It is the best practice of all anti-inflammatory diet. When your body is not healthy there occurs an influx of inflammatory signals which is your body’s defense mechanism .sometimes this cascade of defense cells cause various symptoms which is difficult to separate from the disease. When you eat healthy your body thanks you.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a rapidly debilitating condition which can decrease the quality of life. The problem is few indicators that help us identify the rapidly deteriorating conditions.
Environment and genetics both are behind Rheumatoid arthritis, but the conditions pathogenesis is poorly known. While you must take medicines to reduce pain and slow down disease progression, there is a lot that can be helped by lifestyle changes.
The inflammatory process in arthritis is often associated with gastrointestinal problems in these patients. Various dietary trials have been conducted to reduce pain, swelling disability and improve quality of life in patients with RA.
My interest is always prevention of disease and in some cases reducing the disease load through lifestyle. While researching about anti-inflammatory diets a few things were common. The details of it will be found in my book but the highlights I will tell you here.
7 to 10 days of partial fasting followed by a vegan diet helps. If the time window of daily food intake is reduced there occurs significant advantages. An intermittently fasting diet followed by a vegan diet helps to decrease the pro-inflammatory load. Diet should include whole grains, fruits, polyunsaturated fatty acids mainly omega three from fish oils and a combination of probiotics and prebiotics in diet.
Avoiding food which causes increased flatulence acidity, Gastrointestinal irritations will reduce the intestinal inflammation. This, in turn, is seen to reduce inflammatory markers in Rheumatoid arthritis.
While medicines are needed, lifestyle modifications can go a long way in helping people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Anti-inflammatory diet plan for Rheumatoid arthritis to keep joints happy(1):
Legumes and Whole Grains
Spices: Ginger, turmeric
Herbs: Sallaki, ashwagandha(2)
Oils: Olive oil, fish oil, borage seed oil (in encapsulated form)
A balanced anti-inflammatory meal included a mix of raw and moderately cooked fresh vegetables . It should include lots of greens and legumes. Spices like ginger and turmeric(4) have a significant anti-inflammatory effect. Including seasonal fruits (5)and probiotics in our diet will help boost antioxidants.
This, in turn, reduces the inflammatory load. Avoiding HFSS/High fat,salt, sugar (6) processed food and animal products as well as dietary supplementation with vitamin D, cod liver oil and multivitamins will help.
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