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Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Ups and Joint Damage

Why Flare Ups Occur

You know what it feels when a flare up happens but have you ever stopped to think why it is happening? Many researches and specialists are now starting to question the reasons for flare ups and have found that one reason may be because of diet or dietary changes.

According to the Midwest Arthritis Center, how and what someone eats can greatly influence their arthritis as well as the frequency and degree of their flare ups. It has been discovered that people that lack vitamin C and other important nutrients tend to be more prone to frequent and painful flare ups. It was also found that those people that ate a diet that had plenty of omega-3 fatty acids had less frequent and severe flare ups.

A second factor that the Midwest Arthritis Center says can influence the frequency and severity of flare ups can be your weight. It was found that those who are overweight or obese naturally put more pressure on their joints and muscles which in turn does cause more severe and frequent flare ups.

A third factor that can influence flare ups is whether or not you have a fever. When you have a fever your body heats up causing more calories, proteins, and nutrients to be burned thus leaving the body without the proper amount of nutrients. The body does need the proper amount of nutrients to protect against flare ups and joint damage.

Natural Ways to Prevent Flare Ups 

You would be amazed of how many natural ways there really are to help you control your RA symptoms. Some options to consider:

  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Diet changes
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy

The best thing about these therapies is that there are no negative side effects associated with them or additional medical risks. Natural supplements have also been extremely effective in preventing and treating RA flare ups and joint damage.


  • Smartliving Guest Smartliving Guest

    excellent info. i will have to start reading this site more often

    thank you Commented on HelloLife · October 11, 2007 at 1:03 AM

  • Leigh Leigh

    In short and if you dont read the rest of my comment please do more research before accepting the above article as factual. For instance take a look at several other sites regarding arthritis and diet. As you do so perhaps consider the potential pragmatics or motives surrounding the articles influence and authors. This site for instance sells homeopathic medicine, perhaps read some articles that are not authored by vendors of goods and products.

    I realise this is an old article from the comment above- Despite not containing a timestamp or author. Yet given its prominence on Google searches relating to 'Arthritis' I felt somewhat more impelled to take time to actually comment.

    I feel it is important to state that the article is ill referenced considering its purporting to present information of a medical nature. It concerns me that I was unable to follow the reference (a web address (broken link) is not sufficient in itself to constitute a citation). Having access to medical databases (although I do not hold myself to be a medical practitioner) I believe the majority of the information presented here originates from two studies. Both studies are in fact explicit in emphasizing the limitations of themselves and several key meta-studies have noted the lack of solid data in determining a significant link between diet and arthritis. As such presented in the way above undermines the scientific value of the studies- and to do so in what appears to be an article holding itself to be both independent and medically sound, I believe to be misguided at best and misleading and fraudulent misrepresentation at worst. Please could you therefore disclose the full citations as to where the medical value of this article lies. An email reply disclosing your sources is adequate. Should this not publish due to filtering of comments I request a written (again email shall suffice) reason.

    Commented on HelloLife · September 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

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