Anti Inflammatory Diet Rheumatoid Arthritis

Anti Inflammatory Diet Rheumatoid Arthritis

Many of you might be new to the concept that food might help keep your inflammation under control so today I want to talk about an Elimination diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anti Inflammatory diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis, The Best diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis and The benefits of a Macrobiotic Diet.

Can You Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

I wish that I could tell you to do what I am saying and all your problems will be gone. Unfortunately that is not the case. This is not an auto-immune disease that you can cure per se, you can however keep it under control. I mentioned it in my previous post “The Best Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment”, that what you eat can either help your body or it can harm your body. For a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis or R.A., Perhaps even other forms of Arthritis and other auto-immune diseases, diet is very important.

So can you treat rheumatoid arthritis naturally? You might not be able to treat it, let´s face it, medications can´t treat it but you can make it a lot easier to live with, perhaps a life completely symptom free.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

Elimination Diet For Rheumatoid Arthritis

A few years ago I had enough of being in pain and having to take all these medications that didn’t really help me at all.
They made me sick, I was always tired and depressed and pretty much always in pain and unhappy.  I had enough.
By coincidence, I saw a documentary on Discovery Channel about a diet that healed cancer. I started researching this diet and realized that this is a diet that is highly anti-inflammatory.

It must have been faith but one of the worlds most renowned health and nutritionists on just this subject, was coming to Stockholm. I managed to book an appointment to go meet him. This is when my life started changing.

With one look he could tell me exactly what was wrong with me and what to do about it. Needless to say I was very doubtful at first but I did not have much to lose.
So I did what he told me to.
About a year later I started incorporating ancient Chinese remedies into my diet and guess what I was symptom free – with no medications – for the first time in my life.

This is the first step into changing your life.
An elimination diet is basically eliminating, pretty much everything to start with. If you go with the idea that R.A. is your bodies way of saying it is allergic to something, it will be much easier to follow along. So just go with me for a moment.

Your body is allergic to something that is causing a severe allergy attack – your inflammation – but what?

To know what you must really go back to basics. I am talking basics.

An elimination diet is a way to test your food sensitivity. You need to avoid the foods and then slowly introduce them back into your diet to see if you get a reaction, with this case a flare-up.

Let me start you off with the basics for you.
Eliminate all dairy, meat, gluten, sugar, processed food, fast foods, alchocol and nightshades. If you do not know what nightshades are they are: Potatoes, Capsicum/Peppers, Chili, Eggplant/Aubergine and Tomatoes. You might wonder why, See nightshades are related to the tobacco plant, we all know that smoking is not good for you especially not if you have R.A. These plants carry a toxin that will increase your inflammation. I will be creating a post further a long on the subject of nightshades, so for now, do not eat them as they will cause an increase in inflammation in your body. Exclude them from your diet.


My diet for the next month was basically Brown rice, fermented vegetables (make sure that they are naturally fermented) and leafy greens, not too much spinach tho, spinach contains a lot of iron, which also can trigger inflammation (also something I will come back to in another post). Then slowly start adding things in but try to keep it as natural as possible.

One item per week is usually pretty good, as it will give you time to see how your body reacts to the food you are eating. I do not mean to add in sugar or fast food etc. I am talking about “let´s try mushrooms”. By eliminating something from your diet does not necessarily mean never have it again but yes, you do need to limit yourself and perhaps only have it once in a while, and when you do be prepaired that it might cause pain. I feel instantly when I have had something I should not have had.
My joints will get very sore and painful.

Following A Macrobiotics Diet

What is a macrobiotic diet?

A macrobiotic diet basically view your body as a reflection of what goes in it. This is a Buddhist way of living and the diet a man named George Oshawa. Your diet should consist of 40-60% whole grains, 20-30% fruit and vegetables, 10-25% bean products. This is every meal. Not just lunch and dinner, but also breakfast. You usually have some kind of miso soup in the day, lots of fermented vegetables. Limit your intake of animal products.

What are the benefits of a macrobiotic diet?

For me this was living a life without any symptoms of my R.A. It was like I had never had it.

I did however explore this further and added more ancient ways of life into this new lifestyle I found.

A macrobiotic diet is considered an anti-inflammatory diet when it comes to Rheumatoid Arthritis and it can help decrease risk and symptoms of crhonic disease.
If you eliminate the things that I have mentioned you will notice a difference. It also brings with it great health benefits for your body such as lowered risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

It will be a big change to begin with, I have been there and I have done it, I know it is not easy, I also know the feeling when nothing ever works and you get to the point where you will try anything to see if it works. This might be just that time for you.

What have you got to lose.


Being on a macrobiotic diet has been of great benefit to me. I have more secrets that I will be sure to tell you all about. However, this is a start. Limiting your sugar intake might be the first step for you, this includes limiting your fruit intake as well. Nothing happens overnight but at least you are willing to take the first step at try. You do not have anything to lose.

I tried this and it changed my life. Eating this way has not limited me in anyway, I cook anything I feel like but I always make sure to use good ingredients. If anything, eating this way gave me my life and the possibility to do the things I am able to do today.
I hope that sharing my knowledge and what I have learned will help someone else to live a life without pain.

Thank you for reading, If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will get back to you.

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This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Hi Alexandra,

    I couldn’t agree with you more. A healthy diet is always the key to combating diseases naturally without the use of medication.

    I agree medication is not the way to go. I think the health industry likes to point patients to taking meds because they gain profit from people who are entirely dependent on medicine.

    Having a balance of diet without process food is the way to go.

    Thanks for this article.

    1. Thank you for reading. Medication does not always heal, sometimes it just takes away the symptoms, food however might actually heal you from the inside out.

  2. I have heard about both Anti Inflammatory diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis but I never though that Anti Inflammatory Diet can be the remedy for treating Rheumatoid arthritis. You have done a great research about this. I’m pretty sure this post is going to be so successive and useful for all the people with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    It was very insightful and easy to understand. Thank you for sharing this article.

    1. Thank you for reading. When you live with something you do get to know a lot about it. The least I can try to do is share what I know with someone else.

  3. Hi, 

    Thank you very much for sharing with us such an important blog. If I did not read this blog I can not find the details about “Rheumatoid Arthritis”. This blog will be very much helpful to the others who want to keep safe his health. The most important thing I just gain from here is it really important to get a sound mind in a sound body. I will definitely share this blog with my friends.

    1. Thank you very much for reading and I am glad that you like the blog and the information in it. 

  4. So much information and knowledge to gain in one article. I don’t know what Rheumatoid Arthritis is, but it doesn’t sounds well to me (which disease sounds well anyway). There are lot inflammatory diet can do to keep one healthy. If everyone can keep to natural diets, this world would have little to worried about disease.. Nice write up.

    1. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disease that cause your joints to swell up, it can be very painful.

      Thank you for reading. 

  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis is not a type of disease you can cure as you said you just have to take medications to try to survive with it.

    Although there some natural herbs that claim to be able to cure it.

    The part of eliminating on your post shows a lot I hope those out there with Rheumatoid Arthritis can get to see your post and know its not the end of life yet and treat themselves the right way.

    1. I hope that it will help someone. Changing my way of life has helped me in ways I cannot even begin to describe.

      Thank you for reading. 

  6. Thanx for Sharing – I intend to Move my Diet that Way 🙂

  7. Hi Alexandra.

    Lots of great information here. I am not a sufferer of Rheumatoid Arthritis, but the anti inflammatory principles apply to SO many different conditions and diseases, that anybody would benefit greatly from incorporating some of them into their diet. Certainly limiting or excluding sugar, gluten, fast foods, alcohol etc. has done wonders for my overall health and energy levels.

    In regards to your illness, do you also include other lifestyle factors, like meditation, exercise etc. I know that these things have great benefits for stress management, which I could imagine would have an influence on R.A…? Is that the case?

    I’m a nurse, so I have big interest in health, and always try to look for ways to avoid medication as much as possible. Because we use WAYYYY to much of it, in my opinion.

    Thanks again for a great article with lots of good information, and I’m happy that you found a way to manage your disease.

    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your comment.
      I do meditate on a regular basis and I am trying to workout every day. Some days it is easier than others.
      Stress is definitely something that can trigger symptoms so it is very important to try and keep yourself grounded and balanced mentally.

      Thank you,

  8. I was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis and when my doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory medication, a light bulb when off in my head because I thought that I had read about anti-inflammatory foods. When I asked her if diet could help with the inflammation, she told me that it couldn’t. Although I love that the elimination diet has helped you, I’m afraid to try it. I recently cut out sugar and cut way back on grains in an effort to clear my brain fog. It worked wonderfully! Because of this, I hesitate to try your idea because of the brown rice. Meat and dairy could really be a problem for me; I felt great when I was on a plant-based diet. You have given me much food for thought; thank you!

    1. This is something I talked to with my doctor as well, she said the same thing, that she had never heard that diet could help, but if it did she was very happy and excited for me. For me it was worth trying, I was sick and tired of always feeling bad and always having pain. If there was a chance that it might help then I wanted to try it.
      Brown rice is not something that you have to try, there are a lot of different varieties such as quinoa.
      Meat and dairy are common triggers for people who do have arthritis and auto immune diseases.

      Thank you for reading and sharing.

  9. Great article. And I should say that the macrobiotic diet never looked so DELICIOUS! I’m a firm believer in staying away from animal products as much as possible. Bookmarking this. One question, how much different is the macrobiotic diet from the vegan diet?

    1. I am the same. A macrobiotic diet stays away from certain foods such as sugars and processed food whilst a vegan diet stays away from animal products. Which means that in a vegan diet you would still be able to eat processed food with sugar as long as it does not contain any animal products.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this I really appreciate it! I want to try the macrobiotic diet for my psoriasis arthritis but I’m really confused about the lentils. I have studied the subject diet a lot and are already eating a very clean and strict diet, but I still eat a lot of meat. I don’t feel better despite eating only autoimmune paleo so I’m starting to think that I have to try and eliminate the meat. But, many preach about how you need to avoid any kind of lentils and beans and also all kind of starch, including brown rice. Do you eat a lot of lentils etc without problems? Thank you again!

    1. Hi Christina,
      I would like to recommend you to try an elimination diet. That way you would be able to determine what kind of foods you should stay away from.
      I am not a big fan of lentils but I do have them from time to time as they are very rich in protein but to much protein might be what causes your problems.
      Instead of brown rice you can try eating quinoa or perhaps oat rice.
      If you want to eat brown rice I would say to rinse it to get rid of starch and then leave it for a day to let it sprout this will release a lot of good vitamins that might benefit you.

      I eat lentils and beans from time to time but I have never really enjoyed the flavor of them. I have never experienced any issues from eating them but that might be because my body is not “allergic” to them as your body might be.
      I say to try the elimination diet and then add in food and see how your body reacts to this. Keep a food diary, that way you can go back to it and see what triggered what and you will know what to stay away from. It might benefit you in the long run.

      I hope this will help you. Keep me updated 🙂

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