Rheumatoid arthritis is a difficult illness to live with, the best way to lessen the symptoms is through medication, exercise, reduce stress and a healthy diet. A little help from natural remedies can help increase the effects of medication and bring you further relief. Here are a few natural remedies you can try.

Gamma Linolenic Acid

GLA is a fatty acid that fight of inflammation in the body. GLA can be found in botanical oils. People who consumed more GLA in their diet reported reduction in stiffness and joint pains. The people who consumed more GLA lessened their intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. You can find GLA in the ff.
• Borage oil
• Black currant seed
• Evening primrose

Fatty Acids

Adding more fatty acids in your diet can lessen the symptoms of arthritis. People who consumed more omega 3 fatty acids in their diet reduced joint pains and stiffness. Here are some foods that are rich in fatty acids.
• Salmon
• Tuna
• Sardine
• Fish oil capsules
• Mackerel
Too much omega 3 can thin the blood. It is best to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or huge changes in your diet.

Hot Water

It has always been well known that people that suffer from arthritis should go to hot springs. Pain and tension in muscle are reduced by the hot water. For an easy home remedy, soak your body in a Jacuzzi or bathtub. Taking a hot shower will also do. Cold water is used for swelling and pain, if suffering from swelling, wrap a cold towel to the area or use an ice pack. If the pain and swelling doesn’t go down after a few minutes, seek medical help.

Mind and Body Practices

Stress can trigger the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Doing mind and body practices can lessen stress and improve the body’s cycle. Some mind and body practices you can try are:
• Tai chi
• Yoga
• Meditation
• Flexibility exercises

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Having a healthy diet is essential to reducing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. It is important for people who suffer from arthritis to go on an anti-inflammatory diet. Remove processed foods, salty foods, beer or any food that cause inflammation in your diet. Here are some rich in anti-inflammatory properties.
• Veggies
• Olive oil
• Herbs
• White tea
• Whole grains
• Beans
• Fruits

Probiotics

Harmful bacteria in the colon can promote inflammation. Probiotics are there to protect and remove these bacterias.

Spices

There are a lot of spices that contain anti inflammatory properties. Most herbal supplements contain these spices. Here are some spices that you can incorporate into your diet.
• Curcumin
• Turmeric
• Ginger

Herbal Supplements

There are a lot of herbal supplements made to target rheumatoid arthritis. Before using any herbal supplements ask a medical professional for advice. Ask them which supplements will best suit your lifestyle and the dosage. Here are some samples of Herbal Supplements.
• Bromelain
• Oleanolic acid
• Green tea extract
• Ginkgo
• Thunder god vine
• Indian frankincense

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