Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body's tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. The immune system contains a complex organization of cells and antibodies designed normally to "seek and destroy" invaders of the body, particularly infections.
Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease.
What Causes Arthritis There are different types of arthritis.Osteoarthritis, one of the common forms of arthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects the bone is worn away. This wearing of the cartilage takes place because of the normal wear and tear of the joints. This mostly happens in old people as the cartilage in their bone gets worn away with time. This can also happen among younger people due to some accident. Even a sports injury, where the joint faces unnatural strain can result in osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid takes place when the lining of the joint is attacked by the immune system of the body.
Most people don’t realize there are natural home arthritis remedies that offer safe and effective arthritic relief from pain and stiffness. The 5-step goal of the natural home arthritis remedies below is to stop the progress of arthritis as well as to decrease arthritic pain.
- Eat a healthy anti-inflammatory diet. Nutritional arthritis remedies begin with anti-inflammatory foods. Include more colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and omega 3 fish such as salmon. Cut way back on processed foods, sugar, salt, caffeine and red meat. Studies show people who eat red meat daily have twice the arthritis risk as those who rarely eat it. Also drink at least eight glasses of pure water a day.
- Exercise regularly and moderately. Although it may be the last thing on your mind when your joints are aching, exercise is necessary for both physical and emotional well being. Walking, swimming and yoga are good ways loosen up your joints with a minimum of stress.
- Reach and maintain your ideal weight. Appropriate weight control reduces pressure on you joints. So you can decrease pain by sticking as close to your optimum weight as possible. To put less stress on your hips and knees, maintain a healthy weight by eliminating sweets and keeping fat intake below 30% of your calories.
- Reduce stress and improve your attitude. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, besides physical symptoms you might also experience unpleasant feelings. Attitude and stress management techniques include relaxation exercises, deep breathing, visualization techniques and meditation.
- Include anti-inflammatory supplements. It's impossible to get enough inflammation reducing nutrients without supplements. For example, research shows that people with aching joints are often just lacking in omega 3 oils and vitamin D. So make sure your supplements include at least 1,000 i.u.’s of vitamin D and omega 3 fish oil capsules.
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