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Diet Tips to Reduce the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Since RA is an inflammatory disease of the joints, implementing an "anti-inflammatory" diet may relieve some of the pain and stiffness caused by the disease. Foods that reduce the production of free radicals--harmful, unstable atoms that damage healthy cells and contribute to cancer, heart problems and conditions related to aging--contain polyphenols and bioflavonoids. Found in garlic, blueberries, oregano, citrus fruits and green tea, these compounds inhibit free radical damage that not only slows RA's progression but also helps lessen blood cholesterol levels.

People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have an excess of cytokines in their bloodstream. Cytokines are regulatory proteins released by immune system cells in response to inflammation. However, in excess they produce adverse effects that are known to promote a variety of illnesses such as depression, cancer, Alzheimer's and RA. By including regular meals of fish in a diet, RA sufferers can help suppress the release of cytokines due to fish containing polyunsaturated fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.

Polyunsaturated fats are beneficial fats that reduce triglycerides and "bad" fat levels that can cause atherosclerosis and hypertension. In addition, omega 3 fatty acids in fish like salmon, anchovies, herring and sardines may help reduce joint inflammation and swelling by inhibiting inflammatory prostaglandin production. For people who do not like fish, soybeans, walnuts and canola oil also contain rich amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.

Avoid foods that stimulate the inflammatory response and worsen RA symptoms, such as hydrogenated oils (transfats), refined carbs, salts and sugars and items containing gluten. Most tend to retain water in tissues, exacerbating swelling that already exists. These high-calorie foods also promote weight gain, which further worsens the pain of RA by increasing pressure on affected joints, especially the ankles, knees and hips.

An allergic or hypersensitive reaction to certain foods sometimes causes painful flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis. When the immune system erroneously detects what it thinks is a harmful substance in the digestive system, an allergic reaction kicks in that floods the body with IgE antibodies. These antibodies promote joint inflammation as well as other negative symptoms like itching, headache and nausea.

RA sufferers are often advised to keep a food diary to determine whether pain worsens after eating certain foods. Frequently, people find that diary products, shellfish, fried items and foods containing preservatives aggravate RA symptoms. Blood tests may be able to pinpoint specific sensitivities to food by measuring the level of blood antibodies when the food has been eaten within the hour.

By combining an RA diet with Ateevia Botanica, you can experience effective and lasting pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis as well as other inflammatory conditions frequently affecting muscles and joints such as bursitis, tendonitis and sports-related muscle aches. Massaging Ateevia pain-reducing, botanical extracts into painful areas provides users with soothing relief that is natural, odor-free and safe for sensitive skin.

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