Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is most debilitating form of arthritis. naproxen alcohol The infection attacks the synovial lining of the joints, usually starting in the tender joints of the hands and feet.
If the disease is allowed to advance too far, the cartilage between the joints deteriorates completely. Once this happens, the joints may fuse together causing complete immobility and deformation.
Rheumatoid arthritis can also destroy the pericardial lining of the heart and the inner tissues of the lung.
Since the prescription drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe side effects, many people prefer to use natural remedies to treat rheumatoid arthritis and avoid the prescription drugs if at all possible.
If caught early enough, rheumatoid arthritis can sometimes be cured with natural remedies. Even in more advanced stages, natural remedies can very significantly slow the progression of the disease.
Below, you will find 5 of the top natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis.
- Stop Smoking
According to the United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking increases the onset and advancement of rheumatoid arthritis 2.4 times and even more in individuals with a family history of the disease.
In order to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, you should stop smoking immediately.
This will also make other natural remedies more effective.
- Avoid Second Hand Smoke
Second hand smoke can be just as bad as smoking yourself if you are exposed to it often enough. For example, if your spouse, room-mate(s), and/or co-worker(s) smoke when you are in the room, the amount of smoke that you breathe in may be almost as much as if you were smoking yourself.
- Make Sure You Get Omega-3 Every Day
While there are many dietary factors that can help slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, making sure you get a healthy dose of omega-3 is one of the most important.
However, you first need to understand that there are three forms of omega-3 found in food: DHA, EPA, and ALA. DHA and EPA can be directly utilized by the human body. However, ALA must first be converted to DHA and EPA before the human body can utilize it and the conversion efficiency is less than 15% in most people.
Therefore, it is best to eat foods that contain DHA and EPA. Several research studies have shown that the DHA and EPA helps to regulate the immune system.
Regulating the immune system can have a direct and significant effect on all autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Since the vast majority of Americans and Europeans do not get anywhere near enough omega-3 in their diet, the chances are very high that you are not currently getting enough.
By far, the best source for the DHA and EPA forms of omega-3 are cold water fish like salmon, trout, sardines, and herring.
The next best sources are shrimp, shellfish, crab, and halibut. Other fish like tuna and cod have a fair amount. Grass fed beef, grass fed chicken, and eggs from grass fed chickens also contain a fair amount but these items can be difficult to find and they are usually quite expensive.
Good sources of ALA include walnuts and flaxseed. If you are vegetarian and don’t eat fish, you can buy blue-green algae powder like spirulina from the health food store or from the bulk isle in some grocery stores and add this to shakes.
Blue-green algae is the only vegetarian source of DHA and EPA.
While it is best to obtain omega-3 from the foods you eat, you can also supplement with fish oil or krill oil capsules on days you do not consume omega-3 in your diet.
Krill oil is significantly more expensive but it contains a slightly better form of DHA and EPA than fish oil.
Plus, krill, tiny shrimp-like creatures, are less contaminated with heavy metals.
- Make Sure You Get More Natural Vitamin D
In a study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health, vitamin D deficiency was shown to be strongly correlated with rheumatoid arthritis. This was first noticed because it was found that women in the northeast United States developed rheumatoid arthritis more often than women in other parts of the country.
It was thus postulated that this might be due to the fact that northeastern women were getting less sunlight.
This correlation has also been noted at other northern latitudes.
Most people don’t realize it but there are actually many different forms of vitaminD.
Some forms are much more useful to the human body than other forms. The form created by exposing human skin to natural sunlight is the form that is most easily utilized by the human body and the best form for those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis.
For most people, it only takes about 10 minutes a day on bare skin with no sun screen to get enough vitamin D. Fair skinned people need even less exposure.
The best dietary sources of vitamin D are cod liver oil, seafood, and mushrooms.
Please note that most multi-vitamins use a synthetic form of vitamin D2 that the body has difficulty utilizing. This is also true for foods that are “fortified” with vitamin D (artificially added), like milk and cereal.
Therefore, it is better to obtain vitamin D from exposure to sun and from foods that contain vitamin D naturally. If you absolutely have to supplement with a tablet, try to find an organic source with natural vitamin D3.
- Remove the Silver Fillings In Your Teeth
Silver fillings are an amalgam containing heavy metals, especially mercury, that continually contaminate your system and interfere with the normal functioning of your immune system.
This in turn can exacerbate your rheumatoid arthritis and prevent other natural remedies from working.
Even though it may cost you hundreds of dollars, it is very important that you have your silver fillings replaced with a non-toxic amalgam as soon as possible.
All 5 of these natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis are very important. You should try to do all of them that apply to your particular situation.
Have you tried any natural remedies to relieve your joint pain?