Okay, everyone knows that exercise is essential to help prevent disease and improve health and fitness, however in the case of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers the situation is a bit different. RA sufferers can often find it difficult and perhaps even impossible to do any kind of useful exercise due to pain, inflammation, fatigue, and restriction of movement. Also, the reasons why an RA sufferer should exercise regularly are slightly different from those of the rest of the population (although the benefits are similar, just more critical for RA sufferers). Until fairly recently, I hadn’t realised the significance of these differences and as a result of my research into exercise and rheumatoid arthritis, I’ve now given a much higher priority to this component of my recovery. Read more . . .
Millions of people around the world are needlessly suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and many other chronic diseases which can be prevented, treated, and often reversed with diet and lifestyle medicine. This has been thoroughly established, researched and proven beyond doubt at this point. Why then, in almost forty years of suffering with rheumatoid arthritis have I never been made aware of this treatment option by any of my ‘health care’ practitioners?
Whether a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or any other chronic disease, the first thing any physician should do is to explain the overwhelming benefits of a whole food plant-based diet and other health promoting lifestyle changes. Read more . . .
This short post is aimed at arthritis sufferers who have so far relied exclusively upon standard medical treatments for their disease and have yet to seek and remove the causes of their RA. This post is for those who want to gain some personal control over their rheumatoid arthritis and to stop being a slave to it.
I’m also writing this for those who’ve been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis because I know how frightening that diagnosis can be when first presented. I’d like to tell you and reassure you that if you take the right steps at this early stage there is a very good chance that you can recover completely.
No matter where you are in terms of the severity of your disease and the damage it has already caused, with the right knowledge and lifestyle changes you can make significant improvements and you may even be able to put your disease into remission permanently (cure). The time to start making changes is now! Read more . . .
For rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic diseases preventing and reducing inflammation in the body is crucial and consuming dietary fibre from whole plant foods is extremely beneficial for this purpose. Whole plant food fibre directly reduces inflammation, acts as a prebiotic for beneficial bacteria within our guts, promotes the dominance of these beneficial bacteria, helps with the transit of waste material through our colon, and assists with the safe recycling of water and other nutrients from our stools.
We are fibre consuming creatures, we are setup to thrive on a high fibre whole food plant-based diet. For millions of years we ate food not only to feed ourselves but to support our colonies of beneficial gut bacteria. Our food was slowly absorbed throughout the length of our gut leaving plenty of soluble fibre and resistant starch left over to feed our friendly bacteria lower down in our large intestine. This protected our gut lining, created a strong immune system, and provided effective nutrient absorption and waste removal. Read more . . .
I would urge everyone who is currently following the standard UK diet (SUK) or the standard American diet (SAD) along with their associated disease promoting lifestyles, to stop and give serious thought to whether you want to achieve your dreams and ambitions in life and ‘live’ until you die, or whether you want to continue dying at an accelerated rate as you are now because you believe the inevitable won’t happen to you. Most of the top fifteen leading causes of death and disability are largely the result of poor diet & lifestyle choices and subsequently prescribed drugs.
The secret to living long, prospering, and avoiding chronic diseases is relatively simple; eat a whole food plant-based diet low in added salt, oil and sugar, avoid (or at the very least minimise) all animal derived products, eat plenty of raw fresh produce (at least 25% or more of your diet if possible), get regular good quality sleep, do aerobic exercise, get some sunshine and try to enjoy life :-) Read more . . .