Rheumatoid Arthritis And Autoimmune Disease

Rheumatoid Arthritis And Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is a very common disease that affects more than 50 million people in America alone.
Even though it is common it is not something that is discussed or mentioned to much, unless you are one of the unlucky to suffer from it. In this article I will try to explain what it is and how it works.

What Is Autoimmune Disease

An autoimmune disease is when your body, or more closely, your immune system thinks that your body is something bad and it will attack it as it would do anything else that is not supposed to be in your body such as bacteria or viruses.

The body will attack in a similar way. When you have an autoimmune disease your body thinks that its own cells are something that should not be there, kind of like a virus, and it will then attack with its autoantibodies to try and get rid of what ever is causing the disturbance. In autoimmune disease the body is however trying to get rid of healthy cells and not bacteria or viruses. Somehow there is a misscommunication which makes your body think that your healthy cells are bad and needs to be gone.

What Causes Autoimmune Disease?

There is a correlation between autoimmune disease and genetics but research also shows that a diet contains processed foods, sugar and high fat can increase inflammation and there for might trigger your immune system to set of a reaction that will start up an autoimmune disease.


What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is when your joint swell up due to inflammation, different kinds of arthritis will attack different joints.
Is Rheumatoid Arthritis An Autoimmune Disease?

The answer is yes. When it comes to Rheumatoid Arthritis your bodys denfence cells thinks that your joint fluid is something that is attacking your body and it then tries to get rid of it. This is how the inflammation happens.

The inflammation can be quite painful and will often result it very stiff and sore joints, redness, fatigue and a various of other symptoms through your body.


Symptoms Autoimmune Disease

People who has Autoimmune disease can have a lowered immune system that is hightened.

Since there are quite a few different varieties of Autoimmune Disease it can be tricky to list all the symptoms but some of the more common symptoms are:

Fatigue or the feeling of being tired and no amount of sleep or rest will give you more energy.
Fevers
and the feeling of being sick in combination with a fever that keeps coming back.
Ecsema
or other types of skin conditions or problems.
Joint pain
or swelling, even morning stiffness and pain can be a sign of autoimmune disease.
A sore tummy
or digestive issues. Sometimes similar to IBS and/or Gastritis.
Swollen glands
or sore glands.

The Best Treatment For Autoimmune Disease

The most common treatment for autoimmune disease is medication that will suppress your immune system.
There isn´t a cure for autoimmune diseases but there are way, like medication, to keep it at bay.

Other ways that might help you to keep your autoimmune disase at bay can be with food.
Something that has been very popular and can very very efficiently when followed is an anti-inflammatory diet.
This basically means that you will eliminate processed foods, sugars and bad fats and at the same increase foods that has proven to be beneficial in fighting inflammation such as celery,  fermented vegetables and turmeric.

Although this might not cure the disease it might help to send it into remission.

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Conclusion

Unfortunetly there is not a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis or other auto immune disease but by embracing a healthy diet you can send it into remission which can last for a long time. I have been very fortunate with this as my Rheumatoid Arthritis has been dorment 95% of the time in these last 5 years.

The only time I experience any pain or swollen joints is when I steer of my diet either to frequently or too long. The good thing is that it does not take long for it to go back.

I have chosen to stay clear of medications as they can give you plenty of side effects, I have recently gotten diagnosed with cancer, I am not saying that this is due to all the medications that I have eaten throughout the years but I do know that one of the side effects is cancer and that I am no longer allowed immune suppressant treatments for this reason.

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


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6 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis And Autoimmune Disease

  1. I’m surprised that rheumatoid arthritis is one of the many diseases which are caused by a bad diet. I thought it was something that came with age. So that’s another good reason to eat a healthier diet. A ketogenic diet might be worth considering to fight cancer. It’s high in healthy fats and low in sugars. Cancer cells can’t eat any food except sugar. 

    1. Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by diet but a bad diet can trigger the underlying illness. The kind of arthritis that comes with age is often osteoarthritis arthritis. 

      Thank you for the information about a Keto diet for rheumatoid arthritis.

  2. Hi Alexandra,

    I really enjoyed reading your article on rheumatoid arthritis and found it very informative.

    I have suffered with osteoarthritis now for the last ten years and find that a combination of a high dose of fish oil as well as turmeric alleviates many of the symptoms. I’m not sure if this would work for rheumatoid arthritis, but it might be worth a go. Thanks again for the article, Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew,

      The combination of the two can really help. I have always been making my own juices with both fresh ginger and fresh turmeric. Thank you for your tips, I hope that this will continue to help you.

      Thank you for reading.

  3. Thank you for this interesting topic about Rheumatoid Arthritis,

    It is very important information also to know that it is Autoimmune disease and it can be reduced by controlling our diet.

    And just with controlling our diet it can be away for too long.

    But my questions are: Does diet control help also with other autoimmune diseases like eczema? Do I have to be on specific diet the whole of my life?

    Finally, I’m really happy for you that you have improved when you changed you diet and that is very encouraging for all the patients with same condition.  

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for reading.

      Diet might have a great impact on your symptoms and it can either affect your illness in a positive or a negative way. 

      Diet control might help with eczema, it is my understanding that celery can be very effective with this type of issue as well as removing sugars and processed food. 

      You would have to be conscious of what you eat for the rest of your life but it does not need to be over the top strict, it will be about finding a balance between the two.

      I hope this answers your question.

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