Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. If you have this disease your immune system is attacking your joints. This condition can affect your hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. There is no diet that can treat this condition, however there are foods that may help you feel better because they can help lower your inflammation. Most of these foods are considered Mediterranean style foods.
Common Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Your eyes may be dry, red, sensitive to light and impaired vision
- Your mouth may be dry and you may have infected gums
- Your skin may develop small lumps in bony areas
- You may experience shortness of breath
- You may get anemia or have damage to your blood vessels
Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods to Help Reduce the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Fish- Salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies and other cold-water fish
- Fruits- Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and cherries
- Vegetables- Spinach, kale and broccoli
- Nuts- Walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios and almonds
- Beans- Pinto, black, garbanzo beans and red kidney beans
- Olive oil
- Whole grains
If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis it is important to get early and aggressive treatment in order to combat the damaging effects of inflammation on your body.
Contact Dr. Howard Liss Rehabilitation Institute for a multidisciplinary approach to treating and rehabilitation of your RA. He will put together the right treatment, therapy and rehabilitation plan to ensure the most optimal outcome for your Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Posted on behalf of Howard Liss, M.D. Rehabilitation Institute