Arthritis is an inflammatory condition which affects the joints, making them stiff, painful and difficult to use. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition. There are other types also such as psoriatic which can overlap in symptoms to other chronic pain conditions, and also other rarer types of arthritis, which I know less about.
Osteo, psoriatic, rheumatoid or other, diet is a key factor in managing arthritis. Eat a diet rich in anti-inflammatory, alkalising foods, and reduce your pain. Cutting out caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, refined sugar, gluten, often including all grains, and deadly-nightshade family plants such as tomatoes, peppers and potatoes also reduces pain and inflammation. Follow an elimination diet to see the effects of these foods on your health, and whether it would be helpful to permanently restrict some of them, or all of them. It may seem daunting, I get it I’ve been there, but you can do it. Try it and see what works for you. Give yourself time and go for it!
Building up muscle strength is vital in reducing the symptoms of arthritis. See a physio and do daily strengthening exercises and you will see an improvement in your mobility. Combine this with an alkalising diet, or by simply avoiding inflammatory foods such as gluten that exacerbate your symptoms and you could be pain-free.
keep as active as possible.
I find that stretching exercises in the swimming pool are great for my joints, the water will allow you to build up your core strength and muscle in a supported way. Ask at your local pool to see if they have a suitable water-aerobics class, or do as I do, and work out your own routine and do it any time. I do yoga moves, physio, stretching and swimming twice weekly and have seen an improvement in my knees, hips and shoulders especially. The internet is a great resource for ideas.
The Whole Food Rainbow is here to support you, all my recipes will nurture your health and are suitable for your diet. You are definitely not alone, I am on that journey too, as are countless others. Please share your experiences and we can all learn from them.
GO FOR IT!