DIET AND NUTRITION
When we ask, is there a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet effective enough to cure Rheumatoid Arthritis, we are told no, but to lessen the
of Rheumatoid Arthritis and slow the progression of this disease I have compiled information that has been of great service to myself in
my quest to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis
without suffering. I live virtually pain free, without prescription medication and with the support of my doctor.
Consider for a moment that we were born to be healthy. For most people we come into this world with good health, our immune system builds up to protect us from sickness, and, we live hopefully, happy and healthy lives.
During this time many people don’t pay particular attention to the demands they place on their body versus the quality of fuel they put into this body. Like a car left running without oil, our bodies soon begin to deteriorate and this is when disease sets in seemingly overnight.
Ask yourself this question, why did I get this disease? Then look back on your life, have you nurtured your body, fed it quality fuel to sustain a strong immune system?
Introducing a Rheumatoid Arthritis
diet plan to help bring your body back
to homeostatis (good health)
Water and oxygen, two key elements that the body requires on a constant basis are often lacking. Oxygen, the most important nutrient the body requires. Each person can breathe at birth so this process is not taught, however, the majority of people take short, shallow breaths, leaving the body starving for more oxygen. Learning to breathe correctly, deep, long breaths can assist the body in healing and help a person to bring their body into a wonderful state of relaxation which is also required by a healthy body.
It is good practice to set aside 10 minutes per day to energize the body with relaxation and breathing. Breathing in through the nose to the count of 4 and exhaling through the mouth to the count of 6.
A good sense of humor and exercise are both helpful. When we laugh, or during periods of exercise we naturally breathe deeply, feeding the body necessary oxygen.
Drinking ample amounts of pure, clean water helps the body rid itself of toxins and keep organs working more efficiently. Recommended amount of water daily, 8 glasses, or if you prefer, one half your body weight (lbs) in fluid ounces of water. Do not substitute other beverages, the body needs clean, fresh water, preferably at room temperature so not to chill the organs.
Vitamin D, derived naturally from the sun. Many naturapathic doctors are now suggesting that we need daily exposure to the healing rays of the sun. (When possible) While getting a sun burn is not advised, avoidance of the sun is now not considered a healthy choice.
The average diet today is high in fat, low in nutrition. Increasing the daily amount of "real foods", meaning foods unchanged from their natural state is the easiest, most sensible answer. Processed foods such as white sugar, white flour and caffiene are not only unnecessary to the body, they are damaging to overall health.
A diet consisting of over 40% processed and hard fats leads to problems such as cardiovascular disease, elevated cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, MS, arthritis, PMS and other degenerative diseases.
Low fat diets often lead people to buying products that advertise low fat, or no fat. Unfortunately fat adds flavor, to give these products taste, manufacturers load them with sugar. Our bodies in turn change this into the same hard (saturated) fats that we were avoiding in the first place.
Fats are needed by our bodies. There are 50 essential nutrients that our bodies need in order to function normally, sustain proper health. These are substances that our bodies cannot produce, must be taken in by way of diet. Two of these essential nutrients come from fats and oils, the other 48 are vitamins, minerals, and certain amino acids from proteins.
Not all fats are created equal. Killer fats are created through processing methods, turning good fats into killer fats...
Hydrogenation, the process where liquid fats are changed into spreadable fats that do not spoil when left at room temperature.
Frying, heating oil to high temperatures changes the chemistry of the oil molecules making this a product that does not fit into the architecture of our body.
Refining and Deodorizing, this process produces oils which are colorless, odorless, tasteless and almost completely nutritionless.
The safest, most nutritious oil in a cold state is Extra Virgin Olive Oil and recommended safest for cooking is Coconut Oil which does not change to a killer fat during the heating process.
Go Organic, organic fruits and vegetables have more flavor, higher nutritional content and less toxins for the liver to fight off. Organic vegetables with the shorter storage life contain a higher amount of the live plant enzymes that are necessary to our bodies daily to aid in the digestive process.
Eat fruits and vegetables that are available to your area and climate when possible. When out of season, lightly cooking vegetables is advised to support a strong, healthy illiococal valve.
Reduced amounts of beef, pork and chicken, adding fish, eggs, beans and tofu as other protein sources is recommended.
Add quality supplements to your diet everyday to ensure you are receiving adequate amounts of all 50 nutrients required by the body to maintain health.
Understand that not all supplements are created equal.
When looking for a quality supplement it is important to know that the manufacturing company producing the supplement produces products that meet and exceed the
to your diet everyday to ensure you are receiving adequate amounts of all 50 required nutrients required by the body.
Understand that not all supplements are created equal.
When looking for a quality supplement it is important to know that the manufacturing company producing the supplement produces products that meet and exceed the established standards of excellence in supplement manufacture.
Remember this is a life style change, not a short term diet. No one is perfect, making changes can be difficult, but any amount of change towards a more healthful diet and lifestyle will be rewarded in reduced health challenges.
We are what we eat! The body requires proper fuel to sustain proper health.
For myself, in the beginning just the addition of a quality supplement that is now off the market on a daily basis brought me a return to a pain free state. I have since included many of the recommendations as outlined on this page for my long term health and well being.
TIPS ON HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH
FOODS YOUR BODY MAY BE SENSITIVE TO
I've heard people say that they avoid night shade vegetables, or meat, or any other number of foods. This confused me for a time because these foods didn't seem to irritate my system. I learned we are all unique and each of us have our own foods that we are sensitive to.
In order to learn about your own food issues I recommend you keep a diary over a period of say 3 - 6 months. Record all food that you eat and how you feel each day in regards to digestion and the particular health challenge you are trying to over come.
Over the course of months a pattern will be established and you can look through the days when you didn't feel well, compare the foods you ate, the weather and any other information you have recorded. Do not cheat yourself, if you had chocolate, write it down, this is for your information only and not to punish yourself for a poor diet, only to aid you in healing your body.
Another method would be doing a
30 Day Detox Diet
EASIER, FASTER MEAL PREPARATION
With the elimination of processed foods comes the extra work of cleaning fresh vegetables in preparing meals.
For myself, when I shop I bring the produce home and immediately prepare the salads for the week. These tossed salads are then stored in plastic bags and ready for each meal. Since my salad contains a variety of vegetables, lettuce, spinach, celery, carrots, brocolli, sprouts and snow peas if I can't get time to cook other vegetables I'm not worried. To change the salad I add tomato, apples, avocado, nuts, meat or any other last minute items at meal time.
Salad dressing is easy, mix your favorite fruit juice with olive oil, perhaps baltic vinegar and seasoning and you have a dressing without preservatives. This I prepare at the same time as the above since I use fresh squeezed fruit in the dressings.
Make food in bulk when you can and freeze portions for a quick meal another day.
Always keep fresh fruit available for a quick snack.
Grilling vegetables while grilling meat tastes great and reduces clean up.
And remember, eat often enough that you don't get ravagingly hungry because that is when you will have strong cravings for the less healthy foods. ie sugars and fats
FINALLY CLINICAL STUDIES SHOWING THE
LINK BETWEEN FOOD ALLERGIES AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Recently there has been more evidence showing a link between food allergies (or food intollerances) and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
First, a study asking Is rheumatoid arthritis a disease that starts in the intestine? then comparing an elemental diet against prednizone as treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis, the results might surprise some, for me it's exactly what I've experienced.
Is rheumatoid arthritis a disease that starts in the intestine?
I have to admit, it pleases me greatly that diet is finally being considered as a means back to health, after all, there are many of us who have experienced this and eventually someone in the medical field had to take notice and start some clinical studies.
Diet and Exercise Online Support Forum
For anyone interested, there is a forum where people with Arthritis get together and discuss issues surrounding Rheumatoid Arthritis. To access this site visit
RED, Rheumatoid Exercise and Diet Forum
. This is a moderated forum where you will be asked to register with the group prior to posting, this helps stop people from spamming in the forum.
There is a wealth of information in this forum and so many supportive people, I highly recommend anyone interested in holistic treatments to check it out.
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This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment