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Too Much Salt May Contribute to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although we all know that eating too much salt is bad for your health, especially your cardiovascular system, but researchers have found that excessive salt intake may actually be the primary cause of someone developing an autoimmune disease, particular rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis of the spine (ankylosing spondylitis) and multiple sclerosis.

By discovering through longitudinal studies that people who frequented fast food restaurants and consumed a diet high in sodium exhibited much higher than normal levels of inflammatory cells than those who did not eat as much high-fat, high-salt foods. Normally, our inflammatory cells protect us from all types of infections when they are mediated by an immune system response to foreign pathogens invading the body. In the case of autoimmune diseases like RA or MS, these normally beneficial inflammatory cells target and attack healthy tissue rather than just infected tissue. The result--pain and inflammation when there should be no reason for the pain and inflammation to exist. In addition, this is also what makes an autoimmune disease so difficult to treat, especially when the immune system is not responding normally to treatments that should alleviate the disease.

Researchers are quick to point out that people who consume high-salt diets will not automatically develop an autoimmune disease. Supplemental factors such as an individual's metabolism rate, environmental factors, lifestyle choices and levels of cytokines in the body may all influence whether a person is eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, MS or spinal arthritis.

Treatment for the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis
RA, or rheumatoid arthritis, is an especially devastating disease because it severely affects the membrane lining surrounding the body's joints. Called the snynovium, this lining becomes chronically inflamed, thickens and is capable of destroying the bone and cartilage comprising the joint. Even the joint's ligaments and tendons experience enough weakening and attenuation that people with RA often have joints that are no longer aligned or symmetrical. Moreover, RA produces chronic pain that is accompanied by joint stiffness, swelling and reddening of the skin due to so much inflammation within the joint tissues and fluid.

While reducing salt intake may help ease the pain of RA by decreasing fluid retention in the body, treating RA also demands taking pain medications such as prescription NSAIDS, which contain higher amounts of ibuprofen than over the counter medications. Unfortunately, many people suffer adverse reactions to these strong medications that range from gastrointestinal problems to possible kidney or liver damage when prescription NSAIDS are taken for extended periods. Steroids and DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) can reduce pain and delay progression of RA but also come with the risk of causing liver damage, lung infections and suppression of bone marrow production.

Many people suffering from RA are turning to the natural and safe pain relief offered by Ateevia phytonutrient-rich creams. Instead of experiencing painful steroid injections or health issues resulting from long-term prescription use, RA sufferers simply rub Ateevia's anti-inflammatory cream into aching joints and feel the pain of RA fade as powerful botanical extracts work to ease inflammation, reduce swelling and improve flexibility of previously stiff, sore joints.

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