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Recommended Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

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  • Adapting a healthy diet is the first strategy that should be implemented by rheumatoid arthritis patients, or anyone who wants to avoid this disease.
  • It’s crucial that you nourish your body with a wide variety of high-quality, organic, and locally-grown whole vegetables. Apart from being rich in vitamins and minerals, vegetables are effective anti-inflammatories — perfect for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Adapting a healthy diet is a very important strategy if you have rheumatoid arthritis or wish  to avoid this disease altogether. Unfortunately, the majority of people today consume diets loaded with processed foods, grains and sugars like fructose

Studies have shown links between the constant consumption of sugar and diseases such as obesity,1 Type 2 diabetes,2 Alzheimer’s,3 dementia4,5 and heart disease.6,7 Sugar may “feed” pathogenic microbes and weaken your immune system, among other negative effects. In fact, excessive sugar intake is linked to 76 negative effects to your health, such as increased risk of chronic degenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases (like RA), decreased tissue elasticity and function, and brittle tendons.

Opt for These Healthier Options Instead

It’s crucial that you nourish your body with a wide variety of high-quality, organic and locally grown whole vegetables. Apart from being rich in vitamins and minerals, vegetables are effective anti-inflammatories — perfect for rheumatoid arthritis patients.8 Some of the best choices include:

You can also eat fruits, but only in moderation. While rich in vitamins and minerals, some fruits are high in fructose.

How Do Fermented Foods Help RA Patients?

Increasing your intake of fermented food can promote anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It’s been proven that eating fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut and natto can nourish your gut microbiome, thanks to the vast amounts of good bacteria in these foods. Fermented foods also:

Contain high amounts of vitamin K2, which may assist help in lowering risk for arterial plaque buildup and heart disease

Produce B vitamins

Boost your mood and mental health

Help detoxify toxins and eliminate heavy metals from the body, and boost the immune system in your digestive tract (all courtesy of the beneficial bacteria)

Reduce risk for obesity and diabetes

Controldietary fat absorption

Making your own batch of fermented foods at home is not as tedious as you think, and does not require expensive gadgets or tools. In fact, some items required in making fermented foods can already be found in your kitchen:

Food processor with a shredding disc

Juice

Sharp knives

Large cutting board and bowl

Canning jars (wide-mouthed, 32-ounce Mason jars are good)

Krautpounder (a solid wood tool that resembles a small baseball bat to compress vegetables into the container)

If you want the vegetables to ferment faster and have better quality, you can add a high-quality starter culture into the mix.

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[+] Sources and References [-] Sources and References

  • 1 Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Aug; 84(2): 274–288.
  • 2 PLOS ONE 8(2): e57873
  • 3 Panminerva Med. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2015 Aug 16
  • 4 Diabetes Care 2016 Feb; 39(2): 300-307
  • 5 The New England Journal of Medicine 2013 Aug; 369: 540-548
  • 6 Open Heart 2017;4:e000729
  • 7 Circulation, July 23, 2002, Volume 106, Issue 4
  • 8 WebMD, April 3, 2018
  • 9 The World’s Healthiest Foods, “Spinach”
  • 10 The World’s Healthiest Foods, “Kale”
  • 11 “Super Healthy Smoothies for Detox, Diet & Energy: Nutritionally, Energetically & Seasonally Balanced Smoothies,” May 15, 2016
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