Slow Your Rheumatoid Arthritis With The Right Diet
It’s no secret, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, can be a real pain. This debilitating condition occurs when our own body’s immune system goes on the attack, on our own joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, affects around 1.2 million Americans. Most people with RA are diagnosed between the ages of 30 to 60 years old. The disease is chronic and gets progressively worse over time.
People with RA often experience periods of remission, and flares – where the effects of the disease become more intense.
Diet can go a long way towards slowing the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we go over some of the ways you should adjust your diet if you are an RA sufferer.
You are what you eat
There’s an old adage which states that we are what we eat. This means that if we eat good, healthful food, we too will feel good. There is a lot of wisdom in this centuries-old statement and it’s been proven time and again to hold true.
Most of us know that we should eat a balanced, nutritious diet. But did you know that certain foods can go a long way towards combating rheumatoid arthritis? Let’s take a look at some of the food you should avoid if you are an RA sufferer. We’ll also look at some of the foods that act as your allies in the fight against the condition.
Foods to avoid
The following types of food may cause further inflammation and make the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis worse:
Foods to eat to slow rheumatoid arthritis
While there is no cure for RA, eating right can make a world of difference to the way you feel and the intensity of your symptoms.
Some foods contribute to a healthy body and have a specific effect on RA. These inflammation-fighting food choices are:
When you’re planning your new diet to combat rheumatoid arthritis, follow the above suggestions. To make sure that your diet is balanced and healthful, you can aim towards this basic guideline:
- Two-thirds of your diet should be made up of fruits, vegetables, and complex carbs – such as whole grains.
- One-third of your diet should be made up of low fat dairy and lean proteins.
Smoking and rheumatoid arthritis
While cigarettes aren’t a food, they are a lifestyle habit with a significant impact on RA. Smokers are less likely to experience remission from their arthritis symptoms than non-smokers are. Plus, smokers are at a greater risk of developing severe RA.
If you’re a smoker and also have RA, talk to your doctor about options for quitting. Your joints and body will thank you for it.
Here at Fairview Adult Day Care in Brooklyn, we are very conscious of the quality of the meals we serve. Our food options are always balanced and healthy. We also serve a lot of vegetables and fruits with every meal. In fact, our menu features the perfect diet to help combat and slow rheumatoid arthritis.