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10 Natural Ways To Reduce Your Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Let's face it - Pain Sucks. As a previous sufferer of chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis I certainly have had my share. Pain becomes like the annoying friend who hangs around all the time and won't go away. Even worse, that friend likes to spend most time with you first thing in the morning when you've just woken up.

If you're suffering with RA then it's important to know a bunch of great techniques to reduce pain without using drugs. Many of these techniques you will never hear from your Rheumatologist, since they have no schooling in nutrition or holistic healing. They are good at giving you pills, which you need to take if you've exacerbating your conditions through poor diet and lifestyle.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of those diseases that scares the life out of people. Doctors tell you there is no cure and that you must go on RA drugs immediately to 'catch the disease early' and you'll typically be on drugs for life. I certainly took objection to this and spent 5 years piecing information together and working out what causes this disease and how to stop it! After finally achieving perfect blood test results and getting off all medication I have concluded the following about RA:

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that arises due to wide range of contributing factors in the digestive system. These include a perforated intestinal lining ('leaky gut'), an overgrowth of negative microforms (such as yeast and bad bacteria) and too few health bacteria (probiotics), a diet too high in acid-forming foods, a depleted intestinal mucosa and low resources of enzymes. As a result, folks with RA commonly have food allergies which trigger their RA and are often unaware of the viscous cycle. To make matters worse, almost all NSAID's used for RA cause more damage to the gut wall. DMARDS alter the disease activity, but do nothing to help it's cause, and the side effects are numerous.

This blog is 10 natural ways to get joint pain relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis:

1. Do not eat sugar

All forms of simple sugars feed negative microforms in your intestines. This includes yeast and bad bacteria. By eating sugar you are allowing the proliferation of these tiny cultures that are crowding out your 'healthy' bacteria (sometimes called 'probiotics') which are one of the most under appreciated components of our wellbeing. All forms of simple sugars found in candy, cake, soda's etc must be avoided. If you are truly hard-core about wanting to get results, then also avoid fruit for a period of time. Fruit is not essential to the diet as long as you get the same (or more) nutrition from other sources. Green leafy veggies below are the ultimate in nutritional sources

2. Stop eating after 6pm

Sound like something your mum would tell you? Well mum was right. Even for a healthy person, digestion places the biggest burdon on the body's resources. When you have RA you have a depleted amount of enzymes in your body. Enzymes are all of the catalysts that make all the cellular activity in your body work and function properly. Without enzymes you couldn't breath, think, move or read this sentence. From an RA perspective, we desperately need enzymes to break down our food into small particles to prevent larger, undigested molecules to enter our bloodstream through our 'leaky gut'. When we stop eating after 6pm we reduce the burden on the body and allow our digestive enzymes to be converted into metabolic enzymes to repair, heal and energise the rest of our body. I suggest you make friends with gentle hunger.

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3. Drink copious amounts of water

Water is the basis of life for the human body. Your muscles are 75% water, your blood is 82% water, your lungs are 90% water and your brain is 76% water. Even your bones are 25% water. Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, author of 'Your Body's many cries for water" says that Rheumatoid arthritic joints and their pain can be viewed, in part, as an indicator of water deficiency in the affected joint cartilage surfaces. Arthritis pain is a local thirst signal of the body. Unlike bone cells, which are immersed in calcium deposits, the cartilage cells are water-dense. Inside the joint structure the actively growing blood cells in the bone marrow take priority over the cartilage for the available water. So to adequately hydrate the cartilage, an abundance of water should be available. The best water to drink is water that is naturally alkaline, since it helps gently shift the body back towards health and away from acidity. It also replenishes some minerals to the body. Avoiding tap water is also important since most city water supplies have added flourine and chlorine which kill your 'good' intestinal bacteria.

4. Eat Salad like you're a crazy person

Salad will set you free. Leafy green veggies are going to save your life and reduce your pain. Green leafy veggies like bok choy, kale, spinach, cos lettuce and so on are the world's most nutrient-dense foods. They are high in Potassium, which is essential for RA sufferers (see my blog Potassium and Rheumatoid Arthritis). These plant-based foods also contain chlorophyll, which is almost identical in molecular structure to haemoglobin in human blood. The only difference is the central atom (in chlorophyll the central atom is magnesium and in haemoglobin it is iron). This means that the body finds it easy to create new red blood cells from eating foods rich in chlorophyll, which is essential if you are anemic. These leafy greens are also full of enzymes, allowing for easy digestion of the food which they accompany as well as replentishing you 'enzyme bank' a little bit meal by meal. Further, greens are the favourite food for your healthy bacteria, so you can feed your little guys naturally and cheaply and avoid expensive and less-effective probiotic supplements.

5. Sprout it up hard

Sprouts (such as alfalfa sprouts and mung bean sprouts) are the richest known sources of enzymes. These will be a wonderfully cheap alternative to taking enzyme supplements. They should be included in any long-term plan to recover from RA. Alternate your sprouts each day since sprouts contain alkaloids, which, if eaten in very large quantities can cause some unwanted symptoms such as headache etc (but nothing as bad as RA itself!) So just mix up your sprouts. Clover sprouts and onion sprouts are both good too.

6. Avoid Fatty foods

Studies have shown a link between high fat foods and the immune process. "A fat-free diet produced complete remission in 6 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Pain and swelling returned to the patients within 24 to 72 hours after they consumed a high-fat meal such as chicken, cheese, safflower oil, beef, or coconut oil. The authors concluded, "...dietary fats in amounts normally eaten in the American diet cause the inflammatory joint changes seen in rheumatoid arthritis." [Lucas CP, Power L. Dietary fat aggravates active rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical Research 1981;29:754A]. It wasn't until I eliminated high-fat foods from my diet that my RA went away entirely (along with all the other changes of course). I'm talking about not just obvious bad fats like animal fats, but also plant based fats such as those found in avocados and olives. All fats, including oils (which are 100% fat) such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil and so on needed to go for me.

7. Avoid Coffee

Coffee will keep you sick. It's terribly acidifying for the body. It has no nutrients whatsoever. It also dehydrates you. I'm not sure which of these three is most detrimental to the sufferer of RA but I know that each of them should be enough for you to never drink Coffee (or Decaf) ever again. In fact, all caffeine should be eliminated. Just get more and more water into your body. It's a no-brainer. Your body needs water, not some acidifying addictive drug in a mug. A good alternative if you must have a hot drink is home-made ginger tea or caffeine-free Rooibos Tea that has some minor health benefits. Obviously I don't need to tell you to avoid alcohol or cigarettes, right?! Good :-)

8. Measure each joint regularly

What you keep track of improves. It's one of those interesting phenoneonms in life that where your attention flows, energy goes. I found that by measuring my range of motion and pain levels in my joints each day that I was able to make improvements to them. By monitoring each joint I was able to quickly intervene when they were worsening and feel great about myself when I was seeing them improve. Quantifyable, measurable results for each joint is a huge motivator to tell you when you're getting well by implementing changes 1-7.

9. Go easy on the NSAID's

NSAID's are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs. Check the packet of any pills you are taking and see if your brand falls under this category. Most of them contribute to leaky-gut, thus worsening your condition [Baillieres Clin Rheumatol 10:165, 1996]

10. Get a Coach

The quickest way to success with anything is to find out what someone else has done and 'model' yourself on them. Success leaves clues. If you pay enough attention to the successful work of others than soon enough you will replicate their results. I'd be happy to assist you in getting well. I have a whole 120-page best-selling eBook for download at on this front page which includes the ultimate Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet that has tremendously helped 100's of people now in over 30 countries. I want you to get off the terrible RA roundabout and get back on your path to wellness again. Don't listen to to the non-believers!

'The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it' - Chinese Proverb

Thanks for reading! For more information watch the whole video on the home page - Rheumatoid Arthritis Program

Upwards and onwards in love, laughter and light. May your body continue to heal, your mind be at peace and your future rich and enlightened.

Clint Paddison

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Disclaimer: Do not take this information as personal medical advice. Do not change your diet if you are ill or on medication without the advice of a qualified health care provider (your physician, for example).

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  • Trisha Hobart

    I just found this information today and am very excited to get started. I have already found that rubbing my knees very fast to build up heat just like rubbing your hands together when it’s cold will remove almost all of the pain from my knees for the day, it has reduced the swelling too,…. so now with this program I hope to be free of pain altogether. I also found a website that shows you how to grow sprouts easily at home so I’m going to try to do this too. I already eat dark green leafy salads I get a package of three varieties of field lettuce from Wal-mart for only $2.50 called Artisan lettuce that comes in a square plastic container and mix it with spinach leaves also available at Wal-mart in a large bag and some iceberg to make it stretch. OJ and Cantaloupe here I come.

  • Hi, I’m holidaying in theU.S at the moment. Yeah I’ve tried avoiding bread, but sometimes I do have a slice of pizza. I need to avoid fruits. Regarding NSAIDs I do have them regularly. (May be due the flight). But when I was back home I had it on alternate days. I’ve done a knee replacement too (both knees). I am eating a lot of salads with no dressing,and sometimes eat rice. I do eat brown rice too. I’m doing nearly all that you have recommended.thanks for the info.

  • Angie

    Thank you fro sharing your information. My diagnosis is recent but I will try your programme and let you know..

  • wendy m

    Just starting this plan. The information is easy to understand and follow. Already off coffee x 2 days, eating more salads, drinking more water and have tried sprouts for the first time. Looking into growing my own. Just wondering if the grape juice and certo concoction would be of any help in healing the intestine. I found a book that claimes the certo coats the intestine wall to prevent food particles from going through. I was on this certo kick a few years ago and it really did help the pain. Although at the time I did not know why and stopped using it for fear of not knowing if it was a good thing to be doing.

  • Petra Pinkrock Koehler

    Thanks so much for all the info Clint, I have started the Programme 8
    days ago, and i am doing really well :) It was hard in the afternoons i
    found that is when i use to snack junk alot :( but now i eat cucumbers
    or carrots or cabbage, whatever is on your list i eat. Loads of Alkaline
    water. It is hard for junk food is an addiction, but with God’s help i
    will get through this journey to total Healing :) I found it hard
    cooking for the other members of the family at first, but am past that
    now. Also found it hard when i went shopping for the first time, it was
    like all that junk food on the shelves, would cry out and say EAT ME EAT
    Me lol i taste really good, but i would always tell myself I am on the
    road to Healing. It’s a bit like a junkie looking for his next fix,
    well so is eating wrong food, so i just keep saying I want to get well
    and will have no more pain, and i move on Yaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh :) I also
    am now a lover of Weed………………….. Yeah SeaWeed, didn’t know
    it tasted so good, Yummo …… Thks for ya Programme it is an answer to
    prayer for me, had been asking God for ages, what is the root cause of
    Rheumatoid Arthritis. So thks for your commitment to researching and
    find something that Heals and helps, Amazing I am learning so much, and
    new things every day. I am writing a journal on my journey. Bless ya
    Heaps and thks so much :) :)

    • I love your enthusiasm Petra, it’s uplifting and catching – good on you! Yes, I love the seaweed too it’s just so addictive and SO healthy! :-)

  • M. Wid

    Love this page! I am trying so hard to eat before 6pm! Tomorrow is another day and it will be my days goal. Thanks Clint for the reminder. I am on day 8 of your program so I still got room for improvement. Cheers Melanie

    • Thanks Melanie! Healing RA is a long-distance race, not a sprint, so manage your expectations and don’t go through the up and down rollercoaster. Best way is to measure your blood tests every single month and then try to beat the previous month by 5-10%. After several months you are then seeing dramatic improvements. Keep up the great work!

  • Sarah Jayne Gibson

    Hi Clint. I’m raw /vegan (no meat, wheat, diary and only eat what grown organically and well on the way to healing however I have never taken the Methotrexate. We’re you Anti CCP positive? Just wondering with aggressive nature and link to complete healing on any level of RA.

  • Don Miller

    Geez Clint. Learn how to cite a reference. Clin Res 29:754, 1981 does not exist.

  • susantha kumara priyadarshana

    thanks for the information…what to do when get severe headache?

  • meha

    Hi Clint,
    My mom is suffering from RA from past 7 years. Now her condition is that she’s totally on bed and can’t move at all. She feels as if someone has placed stones in her knees coz it’s so hard for her to move her knees. What could be the possible reason for this problem in her knees? Please suggest me the reason behind it and whether she will be able to walk in future.. Please do reply.

  • MaryAnne Conlon

    I bought your program last spring, after being on methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and prednisone for 3-4 months. I was on sulfasalazine for a few years prior. In these months, I was cried a lot! I was so tired!! I knew I needed to get off the methotrexate, it made me feel so sick.
    I didnt do an immediate jump into your program when I first got it, but started at the end of the diet as opposed to the beginning. My pain started to diminish fairly quickly after I started, and I got off prednisone and methotrexate (still on sulfasalazine) and dropped all my prednisone weight. What I noticed most was that my ENERGY was amazing!! The rashes that were on both my elbows went away. I was able to exercise better, and I was so much happier. Since then, I have changed about 80% of my old eating habits (which I THOUGHT for years was a healthy diet! ), and my goal this year is to try harder, so maybe, just maybe, I can decrease my medication more or get off entirely. Everyone is amazed with my transformation, but the best part is that I’m an active mom now, I can play with my kids, go for walks with them, play ball in the yard, …Cliff’s program has changed my life and has given me so much hope. I can never thank him enough for reaching out to help others who are suffering.

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After recovering from chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis, Clint Paddison now teaches other RA sufferers how to heal naturally so they can get on a path towards wellness. Get Clint's free RA reversal tips here

Disclaimer

Do not take this information as personal medical advice. Do not change your diet if you are ill or on medication without the advice of a qualified health care provider (your physician, for example).