Nutrition to help ease rheumatoid arthritis

Published On: Jan 16 2013 10:34:57 AM PST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 10:32:04 AM PST
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By Laura Ramos, Pure Matters

Some doctors believe what you eat could affect your rheumatoid arthritis. Take meat and gluten, for starters. Gluten is a protein found in foods such as wheat, rye and barley. In one study in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy, a diet without meat and gluten helped reduce inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The diet also improved cholesterol levels, which can affect heart health in people with this condition.

Most experts say it's too soon to know if eating a certain way could reduce symptoms. Even though studies don't favor a specific special diet, eating healthy can help you stay in shape and maybe even feel better.

Tips for Healthy Eating

To eat right with rheumatoid arthritis:

Pain-Free Cooking

What if painful joints make preparing food difficult? Try cooking in bigger batches, so you can reheat a meal the next day. Use utensils with padded handles, which are easier to grip. Or look for crock-pot recipes that are simple and only take one pot.

For more tips on healthy eating with rheumatoid arthritis, visit the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Web site at www.niams.nih.gov

Source: http://resources.purematters.com/healthy-body/joint-tissue-health/nutrition-to-help-ease-rheumatoid-arthritis