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.

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