Arthritis Rheumatoid

Arthritis Rheumatoid What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Generally, arthritis is considered as a pain in the joints. There are two kinds of arthritis, one is the common one known as osteoarthritis, where the bones rub against each other due to damaged cartilage, and the other is rheumatoid arthritis, a less common form of arthritis but more severe in nature.

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is considered as an autoimmune disease. It is an inflammatory disease of the joints wherein the inflammation damages the joints continuously. The natural defense mechanism of the body seems to act in reverse. Instead of protecting the cartilage to avoid more inflammation, it attacks the cartilage instead, thereby destroying it.

 

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

  • Body’s autoimmune response. Inflammation of the joints occurs when the antibodies, or the body’s immune system creates the inflammations within the joints.
  • Food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome. There is a big possibility that the immune system’s responses are brought about by foods. Hence, allergy to foods must be one factor to consider. A lot of people who are suffering from arthritis show a certain type of food sensitivity during testing. But in most cases, other factors affect the outcome and avoiding foods is not entirely the cure to curing osteoarthritis, although this could actually help in relieving pain and inflammation.
  • Genes, race and gender. These three are also among the causes of rheumatoid arthritis. Women are affected with arthritis more than men. Younger people are more common to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than osteoarthritis. The disease could involve the whole body or only one joint.
  • Poor nutrition has been known to cause rheumatoid arthritis as well.
  • Physical and emotional stress.
  • Infections. There have been suggestions that rheumatoid arthritis is caused by either viral, bacterial or parasitic infections.
  • Diets that are high in saturated fats. This is inflammatory and could clog the arteries, which could decrease the circulation in the joints and in other vital tissues.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Pain in the joints. Stiffness can also be felt most especially in the morning.
  • Fatigue and tiredness. One may experience tiredness and general fatigue.
  • Swelling is evident in areas around joints.
  • Feeling of increased warmth and tenderness around the area.
  • Limitation of movements in injured area.
  • Some deformities can occur with this disease later in life. It could affect the neck, elbows, shoulders, wrists, knees, hands, ankles, feet and toes.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Some Lifestyle Hints

  • Exercise. This is one of the best things that you can do in order to get your heart circulating better. Your heart rate will definitely improve. When it does, it could also become one of the solutions that could remove toxins from the body.
  • Try to do some walking. You would only need a short period of time in order to complete some walking exercises. You could also do some stretching exercises to give you more flexibility and stretch your muscle groups. You can also indulge in a trampoline.
  • Seek relaxation by having a therapeutic massage once a week. Whenever swelling continues, you can use cold compress on the swollen area.  Hot compress would be to relieve pain.
  • Have a 15-minute warm bath with some Epsom salts.

Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Foods to Avoid

  • Avoid allergy foods like wheat, dairy, nightshade vegetables, tobacco and seafood.
  • Gluten that is often found in cakes, breads, and muffins must be avoided as wells since these can increase inflammation and pain.
  • Avoid foods that are high in sugar. Refined carbohydrates must be avoided as well.
  • Do not smoke since this aggravates the problem.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.

Friendly Foods

  • Indulging in vegetables is the best thing that you can do. In fact, it has been proven to improve RA.
  • Drink lots of fresh water.
  • Take in a lot of Omega 3 and Omega 6 since they have anti-inflammatory properties. You can increase your intake by eating a lot of tuna and salmon. 3g of Omega 3 daily will be the most ideal.
  • Add ginger intake. This helps in circulation and also assists in reducing inflammation.
  • Consume plenty of berries and cherries. Blue, yellow, red, and green coloured fruits help in increasing the antioxidants in the body. Do not forget to eat fibrous foods.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin. These help in building healthier tissues, and assists in lubrication and articulation. These can be found in sea cucumber, sea crustacean, or cartilage. These help by giving the body the right ingredients to rebuild the damaged cartilage in the joints. These elements do not have any effect on the main cause of rheumatoid arthritis which is the autoimmune response, but it could significantly help in slowing down the progression of the disease. 1500mg of Glucosamine and 1200mg of Chondroitin daily can help.
  • Fish oil, Evening Primrose oil, Flax Oil. 1tbsp – 2tbsp of flax oil, 3000mg of evening primrose oil or fish oil daily.
  • Antioxidant formula ProenOthera, Pine Bark, Grape Seed, Gingko Green tea, Vitamins A, C, and E. Minerals like zinc and selenium, and amino acids cysteine and methionine are great antioxidant combinations.
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome. A link has been found between leaky gut and rheumatoid arthritis. In order to heal the gut lining, you need to take in 4g of colostrum, 1 billion acidophilus, 1 billion bifidus, 2tbsp of flax oil, Vitamin A of 5000IU a day, zinc 45 mg and folic acid, about 300mcg.

Herbs

  • Herbs that eliminate parasites from the body. These parasites can inflame the intestinal linings which actually results to having a leaky gut.
  • Cloves, 1800mg daily when combined with Wormwood of 2000 mg, and Black Walnut of 2000mg, will help in eradicating parasites.
  • Devil’s Claw has anti-inflammatory effects. 500 mg of dried root daily.
  • Celery Seed. Helps in reducing pain and swelling of arthritis. 1g – 2g daily.
  • Ginseng. 500mg of standardized extract can help in restoring adrenal glands.
  • Bupleurum.  Helps to improve the immune system. It also protects the liver. 3g – 12g dried root daily. (See a naturopath first if you are taking steroids.)
  • Pokeroot. Good for infectious processes.
  • Valerian and Cramp Bark. These restore nerves and relieves pain and spasms.
  • Ginger increases circulation.
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