Rheumatoid Arthritis

For those of you who want to be fit and start an exercise routine, but the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is getting in the way, there is hope with some natural remedies that can help. The drugs used to ease the pain sadly have many side effects such as liver damage, nausea, anemia and weight gain.  

Omega-3 fatty acids are a natural anti-inflammatory. They are found in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna. The side effect is that it is also healthy for your heart and brain. If you are not fond of fish, you can get the same benefit from fish oil capsule.

Gamma linolenic acid is found in botanical oils from evening primrose, black current seed and borage oil. Studies show people who take this have less joint pain and stiffness.

Spices such as turmeric, cur cumin and ginger can help as a natural anti-inflammatory. They can also be found in capsules if you are unable to use them in cooking.

An anti-inflammatory diet is replacing processed foods which promotes inflammation with foods such as whole grain, fruits, veggies,olive oil, fish, beans, herbs, spices and green or white tea. Red meat, sugar, flour and saturated fats cause inflammation chemicals that make RA symptoms worse.

Probiotics is a beneficial microorganism that works with good bacteria in the colon to help break down food. Harmful bacteria in the colon which proliferates with the change in intestinal environment from medications, can cause increase inflammation. Probiotics, taken in supplements, can help prevent the harmful bacteria. If you are taking RA medication, talk to your doctor before taking probiotics.  

Herbal supplements such as bromelain  (found in pineapple) EGCG (from green tea) oleanalic acid (from olive oil) boswellia (Indian frankincense) devils claw, ginkgo and thunder god vine have many anti-inflammatory benefits. Be patient because the relief from pain might not start right away.

Water aerobics or swimming can help. Also cold may ease the swelling of painful joints. Wrap a towel around ice or bag pf frozen veggies and hold it directly to the joint for 10 min.

Stress relieving practices such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, biofeedback or message can help with stress which is a major factor with RA.

Summed up with these lifestyle changes, eat a healthy diet, reduce stress, and exercise will make a big improvement in RA joint pain. Remember when exercising, do a low impact workout like swimming or walking, and be sure to do a lot of stretching.