8 Dietary Choices That Can Help You Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Having rheumatoid arthritis is no fun, and the lifetime of drugs you get offered is even less fun. Using alternative methods for managing arthritis allows you to have some control over your healing, giving you a sense of empowerment.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s immune system to become overactive and oversensitive. The immune system attacks the joints around the body, traveling to different joints daily. The condition typically has a pattern of flares and remissions.

When rheumatoid arthritis flares, it makes you stop. A flare can mean you can’t get out of bed, can’t brush your teeth or shower; sometimes even trying to get to the toilet can prove to be too painful. The best thing you can do for rheumatoid arthritis is to avoid the dreaded flare.

I have pushed through held my head up high and braved the world of rheumatoid arthritis drug free. Here are the 11 dietary changes I made to keep my flares to a minimum. 

1. Eat clean.

Avoid processed and packaged foods, numbers, and preservatives.   
 
2. Stick to organic.

Make sure you eat plenty of coloured vegetables daily. Limit fruits to those low in sugar: berries, kiwi fruit, and papaya. 

3. Enjoy an abundance of greens. 

Green juices are a great way to get them all in, or you can add an avocado to turn your juice into a smoothie.

4. Don't forget your spices. 

Add spices turmeric and ginger to your meals, juices and smoothies for their anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Remember to eat fermented foods. 

Foods like sauerkraut and pickles should be enjoyed with every meal. They aid digestion and maintain the balance of bacteria in the gut.

6. Stock up on broth. 

When possible, consume two cups of homemade bone broth daily. You can boil up bones (chicken, beef, duck) with some veggies (maybe an onion, carrot, and leek) and make a stock from it. Bone broth naturally contains many of the minerals rheumatoid arthritis patients buy as supplements, such as magnesium, phosphorus, and glucosamine.

7. Remove all gluten, dairy, and nightshades. 

Plants in the nightshade family include tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum, eggplant, and paprika.

8. Limit eggs and nuts.

9. Limit alcohol.

Find what your limit with alcohol and flares is. I find anything more than two drinks will result in a flare.

10. Go grass-fed and organic with your protein.

Make sure you do this with meat and poultry, and go with wild seafood when you can.

11. Take your supplements. 

Vitamin D, fermented cod liver oil, and multivitamins can all help in your battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

I believe diet plays a major role in the healing and management of rheumatoid arthritis, however, my true healing only became possible when I combined this with spiritual healing, adding EFT therapy, daily meditation, and positive affirmations.

Never stop believing. 


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