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Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis
Questions about diet and RA are really common. We all want to know what we can do to help. Can we change our diet to improve our immune system and help our arthritis? Changing our diet gives us a sense of control over a disease which often seems to have a mind of its own.
The unfortunate thing is there is no diet which has been repeatedly proven to significantly alter the course of rheumatoid arthritis but we’ll give you a few tips.
Vegetarian Diets and Starvation
These diets were used years ago when there were few therapies available. In Russia, they used to admit people to hospital and starve them. If you starve yourself, your will slow down your immune system. A few problems – starving yourself isn’t healthy and a weakened immune system can leave you open to infections. Don’t do it.
Vegetarian diets have also shown mild improvement in symptoms of RA. However, if you’re not well educated in proper nutrition you can get yourself into trouble trying to eat only vegetables. If you want to try this we suggest you consult the advice of a registered dietician.
Recent research has shown promise of fish oils to help RA. Our advice to our patients is to increase their consumption of fresh salmon. That is the best way to increase your omega 3 intake. Fish oil capsules are an easy substitute although you really don’t know what you’re getting. Eat the salmon – tastier and better for you!