With the Anti Inflammatory Diet You Can Beat Rheumatism and Arthritis.
By following an anti inflammatory diet, many arthritis and rheumatism sufferers have found relief from their symptoms.
Changing to an anti-inflammatory diet can even reverse the progress of the disease. You can get better, and quite quickly too - as many others already have, through diet and exercise.
Or you can carry on eating as you have been, getting steadily less mobile and relying on drugs to manage the pain. Bare in mind that though anti-inflammatory drugs might reduce your pain, in the long run they often accelerate the damage to your joints.
Rheumatism and arthritis can mean a life sentence of increasing misery as your joints become stiffer and more painful. Your hands become crippled and deformed, walking becomes slower and harder as your hip and knee joints wear out.
Many people end up on permanent medication for the pain, perhaps with artificial joints. Do you want to go down that route? Or will you try the anti inflammatory diet and see what it can do for you?
Arthritis is the easiest disease to cure - but it's up to you to change your diet. Are you willing to let go of your pain and your old eating habits? Will you swap stiff swollen joints for healthy food?
If you have arthritis, your body has become clogged up with acidic toxins. These accumulate particularly in your joints, but can affect other parts of your body. To reverse this and return to the freedom of movement you once had you need to avoid
and toxic foods, and eat lots of foods rich in
and alkalizing minerals.
Some people find it also helps to eat a
gluten free diet.
This is because for those who can't tolerate gluten, it's a poison that adds to the toxic load on their body. Gluten intolerance, once rare, is now very common.
Foods to avoid on the anti inflammatory diet:
- All foods of the nightshades family – tomatoes, potatoes, peppers (capsicum) and aubergines (eggplant). These are related to deadly nightshade. Many people are healthier for avoiding these foods, and they're probably the most important ones to avoid on an anti inflammatory diet. Cutting out just these from your diet can reduce your pain a lot, within days.
- Bread, and perhaps wheat in other forms as well (i.e. biscuits/cookies, pasta, pastries, etc). For a lot of people the gluten in wheat causes problems. Bread is the worst form of wheat for several reasons, not least the large amount of yeast used in modern baking. Also bread is made from strong flour, which has more gluten than ordinary wheat flour.
- Tea, coffee and alcohol. Tea and coffee contain caffeine. Your liver has the job of dealing with toxins like caffeine and alcohol. The more of these it has to cope with the less it can deal with other toxins. Alcohol and caffeine are also diurectics, which means they cause you to lose water. Water is essential for lubricating and cushioning your joints.
- Citrus fruits. Many people find that these make their arthritis symptoms worse, though this may be due to the large number of chemicals used on them. Also, they’re usually picked before they’re properly ripe, when they're more acidic. Fresh-picked, organic citrus fruits, in season, are probably fine occasionally - they’re a good source of vitamin C.
- Dairy products. Including milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, etc from any species – cow, sheep, goat, etc. Some people find that it’s only cow’s milk that affects them, but for others it’s any milk. Milk protein, like any animal protein, is very acidifying. Butter may be o.k. as it’s made from only the fat of the milk and doesn’t contain any protein. It's neutral rather than acidifying. Watch out for hidden dairy products in processed foods – e.g. whey powder, dried milk.
- Excess salt. The table salt sold in supermarkets is almost pure Sodium Chloride, with a little Aluminium Oxide added to keep it free-flowing. It has been heated to over 1000 degrees Celsius. This is the salt that we’re warned against eating too much of. Actually, any amount of it is too much. This type of salt is a poison.
Good quality sea salt and rock salt are a completely different matter. They contain more than 80 different minerals, many of them essential. Himalayan crystal rock salt has the highest mineral content, but many people prefer the natural crystal structure of sea salt.
But even the best salt should be used in moderation, and in balance with the amount of water you drink.
- Red meat, except in small amounts. Red meat is very acidifying. It’s tough on the digestion and often high in chemicals and hormones, unless it’s organic.
- Fried foods. Both the oil and the food cooked in it are damaged by the high temperatures used in frying, turning food into toxins.
- Refined carbohydrates and sugar. These are highly acidifying. And also fattening, giving you two good reasons to cut down on these.
Watch out for hidden nightshades, wheat and dairy products in processed foods, e.g. potato starch, gluten, whey powder, etc.
It's not all about giving up things - there are some foods that are particularly good for arthritis sufferers. Include lots of these on the anti inflammatory diet.
- Most vegetables (except nightshades), particularly, carrots, celery and green, leafy vegetables.
- Parsley, watercress and sea vegetables are especially rich in alkalizing minerals.
- Garlic and onions help to reduce yeast overgrowth, a common factor in rheumatic conditions. Cinnamon is also a powerful anti-fungal.
- Brown rice – promotes regular bowel movements.
- Millet and quinoa – two grains that are
rather than acidifying.
- Cod liver oil – contains vitamin D, which is necessary for absorption of calcium. Often considered as a natural arthritis medication.
- Sprouted beans and seeds such as alfalfa sprouts – these are high in digestive enzymes.
Follow the anti inflammatory diet strictly and you will begin to feel improvement within days.
After a few weeks you can relax the diet a bit. Don’t go back completely to your old diet - remember that it was your diet that caused your pain in the first place. Try to eat foods from the beneficial list every day, particularly plenty of green vegetables, preferably raw or lightly steamed.
The antiinflammatory diet is not necessarily a diet for life, but the more you stick to it the better you'll feel. If you come off it for a while, you can always go back to it whenever you feel the need.
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If you want more help with treating your arthritis through diet,
not only gives an in-depth description of the arthritis diet, but also offers personal support and encouragement. Her story is well worth reading. This amazing woman had severe arthritis from the age of 11, but eventually, after many years of suffering found that an anti inflammatory diet was the answer.
She’s now 83 and completely free of arthritis, fit, healthy and active – she doesn’t even have gray hair!
It's worth reading her story just to read about the amazing way she brought up her children when she was almost crippled with arthritis. Because she could not do much, her kids learnt to do a lot for her and themselves, from picking up anything they dropped – she could not bend to pick things up from the floor – to doing much of the housework. Wish my children were like that!
Find out how she cured her arthritis through diet.
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