The Role of Nutrition & Lifestyle in Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis



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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the joints, causing inflammation, pain and stiffness. While there is no known cure for RA, there are several lifestyle modifications that can help manage the symptoms and make life more enjoyable for people suffering from the condition.

The relationship between nutrition and rheumatoid arthritis

The food we eat can have a significant impact on our overall health, and this is especially true for people living with rheumatoid arthritis. Some foods can increase inflammation in the body, worsening symptoms, while others can help reduce inflammation and improve overall health. Below are some examples of foods that can be beneficial for people with RA:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, as well as in walnuts and flaxseeds, omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Fruits and Vegetables: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals that can help reduce inflammation and promote overall health.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone health, and it may also help reduce inflammation in the body. Foods that are high in vitamin D include fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified dairy products.

What lifestyle modifications can help rheumatoid arthritis?

In addition to nutrition, certain lifestyle modifications can also help manage the symptoms of RA. Below are some examples of lifestyle modifications that can be beneficial for people with RA:

  • Exercise: Regular exercise can help increase joint mobility, reduce pain, and improve overall physical health. Low-impact exercises such as swimming, walking, and yoga can be particularly beneficial for people with RA.
  • Stress Management: Stress can worsen RA symptoms, so finding ways to manage stress is essential for people with the condition. Examples of stress management techniques include meditation, deep breathing, and aromatherapy.

In conclusion, managing rheumatoid arthritis involves a holistic approach that includes nutrition and lifestyle modifications. If you or someone you know is living with RA, consult with Dr Stephanie Barrett today to learn more about what treatments could help.