Food and Diet Therapy:
Nutrition plays a significant role in the prevention of all types of diseases including arthritis. The first step that you should do is achieving normal body weight. Excess weight gives too much stress on the load bearing parts of the joint that is affected by arthritis. You should increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables aside from avoiding foods that are tainted with chemical preservatives. Make sure that you avoid foods that contain high concentration of saturated fats, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Limit the use of refined sugar and avoid too much sweet in your diet.
One third of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are sensitive to the nightshade family of plants. Sensitivity or allergy to the nightshade family of plants would make arthritis even worse. The nightshade family includes tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant and tobacco. Maintain at least 6 to 8 glasses of purified water daily because this will help flush out the toxic substances inside your body.
Recommended Foods to eat:
Green vegetables, such as watercress, parsley, celery, kale, and okra, Seaweeds, Carrots, Spirulina, Barley and wheat grass food products, Avocados, Pecans, Potassium broth, Soy products, Whole grains like brown rice, millet, oats, wheat, and barley, Cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, or herring.
Foods that you should avoid:
- Foods that inhibit calcium: red meat, dairy, eggs, and chicken, Alcohol, Coffee, Refined sugar, Excess salt.
- Foods with high oxalic acid content: Rhubarb, Cranberries, Plums, Chard, Spinach.
- Nightshade Plant Family: Tomatoes, Eggplant, Potatoes, Peppers, Tobacco.
- Buckwheat, Dairy foods, All animal fat, Nuts, oil-rich nuts and seeds, and peanut butters.
Treatment of Arthritis using Hydrotherapy
How does Hydrotherapy works on Arthritis?
Hydrotherapy is also known as hydropathy, it involves the use of water to reduce pain and treat some diseases. Hydrotherapy has been used during the ancient times in Egypt, Greece and Rome. It has been accepted that taking a bath in hot springs improve circulation. Water immersion and doing exercise in water has been a popular choice of therapy.
One study reported that hydrotherapy is beneficial for persons suffering from arthritis. 199 patients suffering from chronic rheumatoid arthritis were assigned randomly to receive hydrotherapy treatment ,seated immersion, land exercise or relaxation. The patients spend 30 minute sessions twice weekly for 4 weeks and were monitored before and after the treatment.
Results showed that all of the patients receiving the therapy improved physically and emotionally based on the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales 2 questionnaire. However, those patients receiving hydrotherapy showed greater improvement when it comes to joint tenderness and the range of knee movement compared to other patients.