Arthritis and rheumatism are two very popular ailments, especially among the elderly. Unfortunately, we can see that these days these diseases start to affect more and more younger folks. And I am not an exception!
Even though I was merely 23, I had an arthritic episode after a recovery from the flu. The virus managed to affect the phalanges and my hands were swollen, itchy and painful! So, I started researching this topic and I was quite surprised how many people suffer daily from this modern menace! Thankfully, I gathered lots of information and success stories of people who managed to heal from this ailment naturally, by simply changing their diet and lifestyle!
And today I will share them with you!
What arthritis and rheumatism actually are?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease, which manifests as joint pain, stiffness, decreased mobility of the joints, swelling and even itching in the affected areas. If the disease has been caused by an infection, it can be accompanied with fever and fatigue.
I think most people can successfully recognize the uncomfortable symptoms of this dreaded ailment. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to consult with your doctor immediately and run some tests!
The next vital step is to start treating the disease the right way! And I am going to share with you what I and many others did to successfully heal this condition! As you may have already guessed – it all starts from the plate! What we eat plays a huge role in feeding or alleviating arthritis and rheumatism (and every other disease)!
Here is what you can do to start healing your arthritis right away!
Ditch sugar, the trans fats, and processed foods
First, we will focus on what to avoid and lower its consumption. The main culprits that stimulate the inflammation are the same old white sugar and unhealthy fats. What do I mean by “unhealthy fats”? It is everything that has been heavily processed with highly refined oils (such as frying). All these addictive packaged foods like potato chips, cookies, cakes, salty stuff, junk food full of artificial dyes, sweeteners, preservatives, etc.
Lower their consumption as much as you can, or quit them altogether! You will feel much better, and you can even shred some extra fat in the process! Try to prepare most of your food at home with fresh organic ingredients! Do you need any ideas?
Remember to grab your FREE recipe and detox book bundle!
Add lots of fresh fruits and veggies
Now that we got the restrictions out of the way, let’s focus on what to add in your daily healthy arthritis and rheumatism diet! And I don’t think there is a healthy balanced diet without fresh fruits and vegetables! They supply us with so many essential nutrients – vitamins, minerals, micro-elements, anti-oxidants, fluids, etc. You can take them in smoothies (there is a special smoothie recipe book for you in the bundle!), salads, purees, pates, steamed, boiled, roasted, etc. The main point is to take at least 1 lb. (1/2 kilo) fruits and veggies per day. Pay extra attention to blueberries, cauliflower and broccoli, ginger root, red peppers, beetroot, black beans, tomatoes, chia, apples, pineapple, spinach, and garlic – they have acute anti-inflammatory properties!
Many spices do not simply improve the taste of our food, but also heal and prevent from various ailments. Thankfully, we have a wide variety of herbs and rhizomes to choose from in order for us to counteract the inflammation and alleviate the arthritis. Consider including lots of aromatic ingredients like cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, ginger, and thyme. But that’s not all! There is one particular substance that could completely transform your health and significantly improve the condition of your joints – turmeric! This well-known Indian spice holds great power for treating all sorts of physical ailments – from colds and the flu, to rheumatism and even cancer!
Learn more about the wonderful benefits of turmeric here:
But as you may know turmeric is not the most pleasant tasting rhizome taken alone. So, to maximize its anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects, you can prepare the magical Golden milk – it is sweet and tasty and full of benefits. Find the recipe in my FREE immune recipe book in the detox and healthy cooking book bundle: Grab your FREE bundle here!
Stay tuned for part 2 of the series!
‘Till next time!
Holistic living, personal development, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing enthusiast.