Eating a healthy well balanced diet is one of the best things you can do as a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient. People with RA suffer from inflammation and luckily there are plenty of foods that can help with this. In this week’s blog post we will give you tips on what food can help your RA symptoms and help you feel better throughout the day!
Our first diet tip is to eat foods that help prevent inflammation. If your joints are already sore, we want to make sure that there is no extra weight from inflammation on these sore joints. Eating foods that contain a lot of fiber will help reduce inflammation. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains causes your body to have less C-reactive protein, which is what causes inflammation. Extra virgin olive oil also reduces inflammation by blocking the enzymes that cause inflammation.
Another symptom that RA patients deal with is morning stiffness and tender joints. One food group that can help these symptoms is fish. This allows you to get a high amount of omega-3, which also helps with inflammation. The best types of fish to eat if you have RA are salmon, tuna, and sardines. It is recommended that you eat a three-six ounce servings of fish two-four times a week. This can also help prevent other diseases, such as heart disease and can lower blood pressure. If you are on a budget fish may be a little too expensive, so we suggest eating fish that is in the freezer section or canned for a more affordable price.
It is important for everyone to drink plenty of water, but especially RA patients. Carrying a water bottle with you at all times will make you drink much more water. By drinking enough water, oxygen and nutrients can be carried to your cells. If you don’t like plain water try adding lemon, raspberries, or cucumbers to add flavor and to give it a nutritional boost!
Eat Like a Mediterranean
Eating the Mediterranean diet has many benefits for RA patients and help lower your blood pressure, lose weight and lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, a great snack would be some nuts or seeds, such as sunflower seeds or almonds. It is healthy and fills you up! You can also add them to a salad or low-fat yogurt if you prefer to not eat nuts and seeds plain.
Making changes to your diet can be a big challenge for many people. It is important that you do it slowly so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Try changing one-two things a day and soon you will have changed your diet without even realizing it!