January 29, 2023

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet & Lifestyle

How to Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

Hello Everyone! Did you know that we have never been alone? Since the second we were born, we inherited and acquired trillions of bugs all over us and inside us, called micro-organisms, and they should be good for us. They support critical functions in our bodies, which has allowed us to evolve.

In return, they extract what they need to survive from us!

All of these trillions of micro-organisms (and their genes) are called collectively our microbiome.

Our guts have around 4-5lb of these micro-organisms, consisting of protozoa, viruses, fungi, and bacteria, and they are paramount to our health.

For this post, I am going to tell you how gut health has an impact on arthritis and how you can influence its development, protection from, and symptom reduction.

Do share with anyone you know who suffers from joint inflammation, chronic inflammatory conditions, non-communicable disease, and autoimmune disease. It may just make their day and give them hope for the future because help to reduce joint pain and inflammation is here!

What Helps Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis?

How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Develop?

Why Gut Health is Important to Reduce Autoimmune Diseases

How Is a Leaky Gut Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What Helps Arthritis Go Away?

What’s a Good Home Remedy for Arthritis?

What Can Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares?

What Helps Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis?

So, this is where gut health assists with reducing inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

Gastrointestinal microbiota has a powerful effect on physical and mental health. Depending on what microbes exist in your gut leads to pathogenic or beneficial effects on your overall health and inflammation.

Generally, microbial diversity is associated with good health.

Eliminating pathogens while maintaining self-tolerance to avoid autoimmunity is imperative for our body’s health.

Our gut microbiota not only regulates the immune system that resides in our gut but also has a powerful effect on systemic immune responses. 70% of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) resides in the gut.

Gut microbiota can regulate immune homeostasis or can cause immune dysregulation.

Gut dysbiosis (unbalanced gut microbiota), which can occur due to the factors mentioned below, causes autoimmune mechanisms that are linked to rheumatoid arthritis (and other autoimmune diseases).

How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Develop?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects not only the joints but also the immune system, lungs, and heart. It is a multifactorial disease. You can be born with the genes of or acquire a weaker immune system. This is where the immune system mistakenly attacks and disables healthy tissues, cells, and organs.

Many factors can make the disease worse and, indeed, increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, which is why some suffer more than others. These include our genes, hormones, gender, and age!

There are factors like diet (high saturated fat, highly processed, additives, not enough nutrition, calorie-controlled). What we don’t eat also (good nutrition, inflammation-reducing) has a major effect on rheumatoid arthritis. There’s pollution and toxin exposure, like smoking.

Changes in the immune system, along with hormonal change as we age, is linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

Lack of exercise or the wrong exercise can aggravate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Stress, hygiene practices, medication, antibiotics, infections, vaccinations, lack of sleep, drinking the wrong types of drinks, generally not taking good care of ourselves, and not having good nutrition can cause rheumatoid arthritis flares.

All the factors that influence rheumatoid arthritis have an impact on your gut microbiota. Some bacteria in your gut may grow depending on what you are exposed to and what you eat. Others may disappear or shrink, which influences the immune system in the gut and in our adaptive immune system.

For a little more information about our innate and adaptive immune systems, read the post: How to Boost Your Immunity to Fight Viruses.

There’s a whole array of activities involving antigens, innate cell types, neutrophils, T cells, and B cells, for instance, that go on in the gut that displays how the microbiota has a profound effect on both the innate and adaptive immune system. A study by Wu & Wu (2012) explains it in detail.

Microbiota can change or become fixed due to being too hygienic, even.

Having a low microbial load due to being too clean in modern life (I will go deeper into this in another article) can have a powerful effect on our immune response because it will either not be tolerant or will create inflammation.

Inflammation leads to the development of chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases, which include rheumatoid arthritis.

Chronic inflammation is a dysregulation of the immune system.

Why Gut Health is Important to Reduce Autoimmune Diseases

When you realize how gut microbiota can get unbalanced, and contributing factors like highly processed and calorie-controlled diets, along with other factors mentioned above, you can see the link with the rise in chronic inflammatory diseases like obesity, Diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.

There are currently, 10 percent of the population with autoimmune diseases, and 78% of deaths worldwide are linked to chronic inflammation.

It seems that everyone has conditions that are related to the gut microbiome!

Unfortunately, when you have one autoimmune disease, you are more susceptible to developing one or two more. Being inflamed presents itself in multiple symptoms like depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin issues, hair issues…, and the list goes on.

How Is a Leaky Gut Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If the gut becomes unbalanced (dysbiosis), through any of the factors I mentioned, the inflammation that arises leads to chronic diseases and can compromise gut lining and cause ‘leaky gut syndrome’.

Leaky gut syndrome isn’t a medical term. It is known as ‘increased intestinal permeability’.

Inside our stomachs, we have an extensive intestinal lining. This lining, which is like a tight net, forms a barrier and filters what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. When it is damaged and malfunctioning, a barrier doesn’t exist, and it may have cracks and holes in it and become too permeable.

These holes allow larger, partially digested food, bad bacteria, and other toxins to penetrate the tissues beneath it and escape into the systemic circulation. The immune system detects these as foreign bodies, causing an immune system reaction.

When the immune system is activated, it produces antibodies that travel in the bloodstream and create an inflammatory response, leading to joint swelling and arthritic pain.

Plus, when inflammation is present, microbiota changes, and this leads to an array of chronic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues, depression, and so on. 

This is why many autoimmune diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which have increased intestinal permeability, also present symptoms that include joint pain.

What Helps Arthritis Go Away?

Pain and inflammation reduction are absolutely possible and can be kept at bay. Early diagnosis, prompt treatment, and an intervention lifestyle (which Eat Burn Sleep encapsulates) are essential to preventing serious joint damage, inflammation, and pain. If damage to the joints already exists, you can reduce the inflammation and pain.

I always advise running Eat Burn Sleep by your doctor, who may combine this anti-inflammatory lifestyle with medication. They can then monitor your progress before reducing medication. They have your medical history records and will know what is the best route for you. I am a strong believer in combining holistic and allopathic medicine.

Reduce as many factors that exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis as you can by embracing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle with a focus on gut health, which gives you all the knowledge you need.

Gut barrier integrity is restored, fixing leaky gut syndrome.

Rebuilding the gut lining will promote positive changes in the microbiota. Promoting good gut bacteria aids healing and reduces inflammation.

Thankfully, gut microbiota can be manipulated into a healthy environment that aids overall health, including mental and physical health. A healthy gut allows for maximum nutrition absorption. So when nutritious needs are met, with prebiotics, omega-3 oils, vitamin D, minerals, and folic acid – for rheumatoid arthritis, they are utilized efficiently and absorbed, maximizing their benefits.

I do webinars for NHS patients that have rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, and numerous people have embarked on this lifestyle with outstanding results after struggling with the condition for years. It’s so wonderful to hear what people are saying when they have have tried everything.

Many members with rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain say that they no longer struggle with morning stiffness or any flares throughout the day, and have lost weight, gained energy, and a zest for life again.

Putting rheumatoid arthritis into remission is possible.

Check the testimonials and how Eat Burn Sleep clears up the many symptoms that present themselves with rheumatoid arthritis.

All the tools you need to put your rheumatoid arthritis into remission are here.

What’s a Good Home Remedy for Arthritis?

If you haven’t tried the turmeric shot recipe yet, click here. It is affordable, and natural, and it will help you.

Turmeric contains potent volatile oils with properties that reduce inflammation. They have a medicinal effect that provides relief from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and protects the body from chronic diseases.

Of course, everything Eat Burn Sleep is a good home remedy for reducing inflammation.

Everything I do to keep my autoimmune diseases at bay, I share with you.

My continual anti-inflammatory research, recipes, tips, hacks, thoughts, meditations, movements, neuroplasticity exercises, and so on, are all accessible from home.

A lot of exercises could aggravate arthritis, as could not enough of the right exercise. Inflammation-reducing exercises performed regularly maintain mobility in the joints for rheumatoid arthritis.

The right movement for rheumatoid arthritis, done regularly, includes ones that do not cause trauma to the joints and strengthen the muscles around them, for instance. Of course, exercises get easier when the inflammation is under control, and you will know your limitations.

What Can Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares?

Creating symbiosis, rather than dysbiosis, in your gut is paramount to your good health.

Gut bacteria are essential for not only homeostasis in the gut but to the systemic immune system.

We are all unique. There are triggers that you know about or may not know about that can be exacerbating your rheumatoid arthritis condition.

That is why following the specialized advice for your symptoms, along with following the traffic light system that we have on Eat Burn Sleep, helps tremendously. With symptom and inflammation reduction at a systemic level.

There are many ingredients or compounds in what you may be eating that can cause inflammation. Even in new ‘healthy alternative’ foods, like almond milk. The food industry has a lot to answer for!

If you missed my Lives on Instagram or podcasts with Dr. Dawn Sherling, talking further about additives, their effects on the microbiome, and inflammation, make sure to catch up on them.

Those ‘healthy’ packaged foods that you are eating that you paid a lot of money for could be triggering your rheumatic flares!

I advise if you don’t understand what it is on the label, use that as a rule of thumb!

Do explore the platform to further educate yourself on gut health, autoimmune disease, and chronic inflammation.

If you haven’t joined already, I urge you to take charge of your health today.

Your mind and body need inflammation kept at bay. Whether you have a known condition or not. Hidden inflammation is silent.

We cannot change our genes, but we can change gene expression.

We can inflame our bodies, with or without a hereditary disease, with our food, our minds, and our whole lifestyle.

Having more autonomy over your health starts here!

I hope that you have an amazing day.


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