Naturopathy – Uric, Gouty Arthritis and Rheumatism – Diet

How your diet can help ease rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disabling and painful form of inflammatory polyarthritis, which can lead to substantial loss of function and mobility. It is an autoimmune condition where the body produces antibodies that attack components of joint tissues. There is
no single definitive cause of Rheumatoid arthritis but we do know that diet can make a huge contribution to reducing pain, controlling inflammation and promoting joint regeneration.

Nutritional nous
There is strong evidence that a Mediterranean diet, as well as being very good for your heart, is also good for Rheumatoid arthritis in general. This entails choosing monounsaturated vegetable oils over saturated animal fats, moderating meat consumption and eating plenty of fresh fish with lots of fruits and vegetables. As well as providing all the essential nutrients your body needs to function well, this type of diet will also help to maintain a healthy weight which can help to lower stress on joints. Essential fats, especially omega-3 fats, are particularly effective for Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. The best dietary sources are oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and trout, and flaxseeds for vegetarians or vegans. To ensure these oils work at their best it is important to consume them in combination with plenty of antioxidants which are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.

Significant supplements The omega-3 fats are generally needed in quite large doses so these are worth taking as a fish oil supplement. Supplements, however, as their name suggests, should only be used to supplement a healthy diet. Other supplements that have proven effective include magnesium, which significantly improves fatigue and pain, zinc which can reduce joint swelling and morning stiffness and capsaicin or cayenne cream applied externally to gain temporary relief from pain by interfering with pain signals.

Although prescription medications are very important in controlling the initial onset of symptoms and flare-ups, the side-effects
of commonly prescribed medications for Rheumatoid arthritis can be quite debilitating. Therefore, people with Rheumatoid arthritis should be encouraged, as much as possible, to help minimise disease progression through natural dietary and supplementary methods.

This is, in fact, the most important factor to control and cure and any disease. Avoid or reduce sugar, white flour, fried, refined or processed food, additive such as coloring, flavoring, preservatives and vinegar, alcohol, salt, coffee, cola chocolate, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, canned fruit or juice, citrus fruits butter milk etc. Eat plenty of vegetable salads, fresh fruits, whole grain cereals, beans, brown rice, yoghurt, skimmed milk, baked potato, banana, apple, dates, fig, garlic, sesame seeds, and fenugreek. Low-fat, high-fiber and low-protein diet would be the best. Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C are recommended. Drink lot of water, say 8 to 10 glasses a day, and sleep 7 to 8 hours daily. Have enema intermittently to avoid constipation. Have a three-day detoxification course even month. Maintain a strict diet control and do daily exercises with strong WILL POWER.

Arthritis-Uric Acid and Gouty Arthritis

Rise in uric acid levels can result in Gouty arthritis. Diet is very important. One should avoid fruits like grapes citrus fruits, white sugar, cakes, biscuits, all meat items, alcohol, white flour, canned fruit/juices, sweets, ice cream, almonds, all nuts, aerated water tomatoes, potatoes, green chilies, brinjal,  lady’s finger and arvi to reduce uric acid. During an attack of gout it is advisable also to avoid beans, cauliflower, green peas, mushrooms, cinkoo and custard apple.  On the other hand, skimmed milk and curds, in reasonable quantity, are recommended.

Urinary Disorders – Kidney Disorder

ach of the two kidneys has one million nephrons or fitter units filtering about 200 liters of fluid (blood without red blood cells and protein) from the blood daily. 99 per cent of which is reabsorbed into it, leaving two liters which is passed out as urine. Besides this, the kidneys have many other functions.

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