Did you know…..
About 1.5 million people in the US alone have rheumatoid arthritis – 70% of which are women! The majority of people with RA have no family history of the disease and sometimes don’t show symptoms at all until a significant flare up happens.
What is Rheumatoid arthritis?
RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints to thicken, which results in swelling and pain in and around the joints.
How does it affect the body?
Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Joint-related symptoms are usually symmetrical (if one knee or hand if affected, usually the other one is too). RA can also affect other body systems, such as the cardiovascular or respiratory systems.
- Joint pain, tenderness, swelling or stiffness for six weeks or longer
- Morning stiffness for 30 minutes or longer
- More than one joint is affected
- Small joints (wrists, certain joints of the hands and feet) are affected
- The same joints on both sides of the body are affected
The symptoms and effects of RA can come and go. When a longer period of inflammation and other symptoms occur, it’s called a flare up. These can last anywhere from days to months. Sometimes, other symptoms such as skin redness, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, dry eyes or mouth, and depression may occur.
What can I do if I have RA?
It is important to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise regularly to keep the body healthy. Low impact exercise and nutrient dense meals can greatly improve the severity of RA symptoms.
I have spent the last 2 1/2 years figuring out what products, supplements, and home remedies work best for managing my RA symptoms. I love working with new clients who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (either in the past or recently) in order to create a customized plan to manage symptoms daily.
I want to help you! You don’t have to live with these symptoms forever. You can lead a healthy, happy life with rheumatoid arthritis. Click the link below and we’ll get started on creating a plan that works for you! You’ll also receive a FREE copy of my Anti-Inflammatory Eating Guide when you enroll as a new client.