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If you are concerned about the health of your joints or have rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, The Nutri Centre would like to help you to find out more about these conditions and steps that can be taken to help prevent or deal with these conditions.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, meaning the ...Read more body’s immune system attacks the synovium (a thin membrane that lines the joints). It causes chronic inflammation resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness leading to mobility loss. Generally RA affects both sides of the body equally. The wrists, fingers, knees, feet, ankles and elbows are most often affected. RA can affect other organs as well. The exact cause of RA is unknown; however researchers believe that genetics may predispose some to RA. Environmental factors, smoking, bacteria and viruses may trigger RA. Hormones may also play a part. Other possible causes include bowel permeability (leaky gut), food allergies and microorganisms.
So what can help?
Dietary and Lifestyle Advice:
• Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas and sugar.
• Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy if no allergy) or legumes for protein.
• Eat more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
• Check for food allergies. Try the Food Detective Allergy Test Kit.
• Some people also find relief from avoiding citrus fruits.
• Use healthy cooking oils such as olive oil or Viridian’s coconut oil.
• Reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods and margarine.
• Avoid caffeine and other stimulants for example alcohol and tobacco.
• Drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water daily. The Eva filter is effective in turning normal tap water into purified spring water.
• Exercise 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week (consisting of aerobic, strengthening and flexibility exercises).
Click here to read more on Rheumatoid Arthritis on The Nutri Centre’s Blog.
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