This disease can be quite complex, affecting each person differently. It can be found in people of all nationalities, making it the third most common after osteoarthritis and gout. There are an estimated 1.3 million Americans living with rheumatoid arthritis.
But what can they do to alleviate the inflammation and pain? Thankfully, there are some safe and natural methods you can start using right away. Everyone loves to snack, so here are some anti-inflammatory desserts you should try this summer.
This ingredient can be found inside of curry and various other Indian and Caribbean dishes. What’s little known about turmeric is its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Clinical studies have proven the beneficial effects of this spice on arthritis patients.
In fact, it’s shown to have similar effects as OTC medications. It’s frequently used to treat other types of illnesses, such as irritable bowel disease. And it can help reduce your chances of getting cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to use it? Try putting it in your smoothies and yogurt!
We always hear great things about nuts, especially in weight loss programs. It’s a great snack that can keep you full, without packing on unhealthy fat. But what’s even better is that it’s filled with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
These are essential for combating inflammation. There’s more than one way to eat them – you can add them to your cakes, pies and yogurt.
These are the funny looking yellowish roots sold in most grocery stores. It’s another food that offers many different benefits, including reducing inflammation. It has chemokines and cytokines, which suppress pro-inflammatory compounds.
Try adding ginger root to your cookies, cakes and ice cream.
Dark Leafy Greens
There are a host of leafy greens you can choose from – spinach, collard, turnip, mustard and kale are just a few. These are all packed with antioxidants and vitamin C and E, which all aid in inflammation.
You can use them as an ingredient in your pot pies, muffins or even bake them into crispy little chips!
Like leafy greens, there are a variety of berries you can eat to help fend off your rheumatoid arthritis aches and pains. This includes raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, acai berries and any other you can get your hands on.
And who are we kidding? Berries taste good with almost everything. Put them in your smoothies, eat them in your fruit salads and yogurt or juice them. You really can’t go wrong with berries!
Make this Summer Anti-Inflammatory
This summer should be a great one, along with every summer after. But it all starts with what you put on your plate (and take off of it). The healthier your choices, the better your chances of reducing your inflammation.
Hopefully, these tips will help you get through this summer with as little pain as possible!