There are several studies out that say that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps reduce inflammationin both the blood vessels and the joints, so it's good for arthritis and keeping a healthy heart. I've also seen a few articles on sticking to either a mediterranean diet (lots of fresh food, seafood and olive oil and few servings of meat) is good both maintaining a healthy weight, healthy heart and therefore helping arthritis.
I've also seen some articles promoting a stricter vegetarian diet with little animal fat. Some say animal fats cause more inflammation. Getting enough calcium from other sources is important here, especially for people who take prednisone and other steroids to treat arthritis.
There are lots of books promoting different diets for people with RA. I've seen at leat 25 on Amazon.com. Usually lots of vitamin packed fresh foods and lean meat or vegetarian, etc. Someone else recently posted a question about a specific cookbook. Maybe that would be helpful? I read "Healthy women and Men Beat Arthritis" by Miriam Nelson and it was pretty helpful.
From my own experience, I find that too much alcohol not only dehydrates me, but makes all my joints stiff and swollen - an extra reason not to get tipsy. Prepackaged/fake/preserved foods also have some effects. The worst flare I ever had was as a kid. I went on a binge eating nothing but hot dogs for two weeks. My mom was convinced that the nitrates, sodium and preservatives caused the flare. (Don't blame her, I was extremely underweight from medication side effects and they were desperate for me to eat anything I would agree to- before the days of Ensure and supplements for kids).
I hope this is helpful.
I was perusing MSNBC.com this morning, found this and remembered your post. The article is about what foods to avoid and what to eat to help inflammation and arthritis of all sorts. I hope you find it helpful.
Thank you, Christine, for your helpful comments on RA. I just got diagnosed with it less than a year ago. I was put on Methatrexate for a short time, until I dedided to take myself off and try making a go at eating healthier. I am not pain free as yet, but am keeping the major pain at bay.
Something else a homeopathic physician suggested is to juice often and over a weekend, even trying to do a juice fast for a week from time to time. The exatct combination he suggested is carrots, celery, cucumber, and sweet potatoes. He said there is something specifically in sweet potatoes that our body likes (especially those of us with RA). He also suggested that bringing bee pollen, brewers yeast, and kelp into our diet would aid in our wellness.
Thank you for your remarks regarding your RA eperience. I was diagnosed with RA Nov. 2005 after I took a fall while power-walking with my husband. It started in my right index finger which swelled enormously! Within a month it had "traveled to both hands and wrists, shoulders, and knees. The spasms were excrusiating as was the joint pain. I too was on Methatrexate, Prednisone, Valium, Percocet and was getting cortizone injections.
Last Nov. after getting no better from the medications I was taking, I weaned myself off of everything except for the current pain med "Vicodin." I have been looking for the right diet for as long as I have been diagnosed and I find that on the days that I feel the best is when I have totally abstained from meat and poultry entirely. I have been able to get my protein from cheese which doesn't seem to affect me as harshly. I also eat lots of green vegetables, whole wheat products, and drink green-tea. My pain, like yours is being kept at bay. I am now trying to wean off of the Vicodin, this is harder than coping with the pain!!
I recommend YOGA...YOGA.....YOGA and more yoga and lots of water...and rest.I have been an RA fighter for 9 years..and if u watch me and my lifestyle u would never say I suffered from this dreadful disease.Just eat healthy...stay away from french fries and any products that contains potato and don't eat tomatoes.My experience with these foods are awful.Also try blueberries in you guys diet -extremely high in anti-oxidants which helps prevent cell damage.
Hi There,, I just read you blog and saw that you still are eating dairy products such as cheese,,, I have had RA for over 20 years since the age of 17 and just exactly a year ago(now im 35) have gotten off remicade, prednisone, plaquenil and methotrexate. I at the time wasn't seeing any naturopath but read a lot online and stopped eating all dairy especially cheese since it is processed,,,From April 2009 to septemebr I was in excrutiating pain because my body went into shock mode for having stopped all meds,, its like my body didnt know what to do,,,,,then in slowly things started to get better till about November 2009 then i decided to see a naturopath and she put me on a liver cleanse for 3 months,, and had me stop everthing regarding food variety and kept only on salmon and brown rice. yeah , I know very boring but 1 month into the treatments with her i all of a sudden stopped having pain al together,, i stayed like that for 3 months, eating strictly what she told me. I also had done a food alergy test and followed it by the T.
All was well till i fell off the wagon and started eating foods that where not on my list such as cheese, cream in my coffe, a small amount of chocolate etc. so here I am all inflamed again and started on strict once again hoping things will get better soon. So in closing i suggest that dairy be avoided all together adn get your calcium through nutral supplements. Hope things go well for you;):)
Hello, I am a chiropractor and I have had great success with a anti inflammatory diet for RA patients. it is no easy road and neither is pain. Go seek out a few books or look on line for antiimmflammatory diets and give it a try. Avoid all night shade foods as well. Cut out all white flower,sugar and severely cut your carbs. You will not regret this venture, all you have to loose is the pain and maybe a few pounds if you need to.
you can contact me for direct help at Dr.Kulp@verizon.net if interested in more help
I have been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid (now called idiopathic) arthritis since I was 15 years old. I am now 20. Your post caught my eye because we were about the same age at our diagnosis.
I'm having lots of worry about my future and work/marriage/children. If you don't mind, can you tell me how it's affected your school/work, relationships? I would really appreciate it.
Hi Nicole,,, sorry for not responding sooner,, I would love for you to email me at email@example.com so I can share what i went through , the good and bad:) email me if you's wish,, thanks:)
hello merta, i was also diagnose with RA at 27y.o. and suffering the pain for almost 5 yrs.and it started me to feel depressed,can you help me what to do to fight my jointpain as long as my feelings of depression?thank you..
I just read your comment and think you may like this article I found "The China Study and Autoimmune Diseases" by David L. Duffy, MD
I've had to take all DAIRY and GLUTEN out of my diet, and I'm feeling MUCH better. Hope this info helps!
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