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Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation
Arthritis has been on earth since the time of the dinosaurs and today 40 million Americans have the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect people of 40 years or older and women are more prone to it than men. The disease causes inflammation and pain in the hands, arms, legs and feet. Sufferers also tend to experience fatigue and sleeplessness.
There is no one quick natural cure for rheumatoid arthritis that can rid you of the condition forever. There is however some very effective remedies which will slow or even reverse the onset of the disease and treat the symptoms. These arthritis remedies are meant to be used with, not instead of your doctor’s prescriptions. I suggest that you experiment with the treatments until you find something that works well for you.
The use of heat and cold
Heat can soothes and heals by encouraging blood flow to the ligaments and tendons around joints. Cold stops inflammation, after a joint has been over used. So what I recommend is that after you have used your joints and you start to feel pain. Apply ice to the inflamed joints for 15 minutes to stop the swelling. Then apply a heat pad for 15 minutes to get the blood flowing into the joint. After that give it a 30 minute break then apply heat again for 15 minutes.
Are copper bracelets a natural cure for rheumatoid arthritis?
The theory behind it is that arthritis stops you from digesting copper from your food. You then have a copper deficiency that causes some of the symptoms which people with arthritis suffer from. The bracelet releases copper into your bloodstream through your skin.
There is no compelling scientific proof as to whether this works or not. Is it worth trying? Well some folks swear by it, so it’s probably worth a try. By the way, the process turns your wrist green, just so you know.
The more overweight you are, the more stress your body places on your joints. This makes you more prone to inflammation and pain. You might consider going to a nutritionist who can advise you on a good arthritis management and weight loss diet.
There is some evidence that shows that vegetable juice can help with the pain management side of the disease. You can try celery or cabbage juice, but I recommend you start with carrot juice. For the first week of the remedy, have a glass of juice every day, then on one day drink only the juice. The next week do the same, but drink only the juice for 2 non consecutive days. The third week, drink only the juice for 3 non consecutive days. You might consider talking to your doctor before attempting this kind of fasting remedy.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Studies have shown that people that increase their Omega-3 fat intake have reduced inflammation and fatigue. It is thought that these Omega-3 fat molecules compete in the body with other more harmful fats. Replacing them and improving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. I recommend trying a low calorie diet which includes fish like mackerel and salmon. If that doesn’t work for you try a cod liver oil supplement that also contains vitamin D and A.
Handling stress well is an important part of pain management. People who can deal with their stress just handle pain much better.
I would recommend getting a good book on learning to relax.
In addition you need to learn to pace yourself. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers tend to have good days and bad days. When you have a good day, you feel like you need to get as much as possible done. This over-stresses your joints and you do more harm than good.
Practicing yoga moves bones back into their proper position and strengthens muscles. Sufferers find it to be one of the best ways to regain lost mobility. Start by getting a good book on yoga or joining a yoga class. Initially try not over-do it.
Foods to avoid
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are sometimes allergic to some of the following food: milk, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco and peppers. If you find that you occasionally have cravings for one of these foods, that is a sign that you might be allergic to it. Your body forms a kind of addiction to the food that you are allergic to, which is why you crave it. If you think you might be allergic to one of them stop eating it for a week. If you are allergic to it, you may feel worse for the first 4-5 days and then feel better on day 6 and 7. This happens because your body goes through withdrawal symptoms.
What you want to do is to massage the muscles that are attached to the affected joints. For instance, if you have pain your hands, massage the muscles between your wrist and elbow. If you have pain in your feet, massage between your knees and ankles. Do compression massages, press down on the muscle with your thumb or elbow for a few seconds then release.
I hope you found a natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis inflammation here that works for you.