Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis / Is Sugar the Culprit?

 

Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis / Is Sugar the Culprit?

Avoiding refined sugar may be one natural treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is some evidence that refined sugar may cause flares in Rheumatoid Arthritis. More and more people who have RA seem to be trying to control their symptoms with diet. One thing they are all doing is reducing the amount of refined sugar they eat. So far, there is just anecdotal evidence that reduced sugar intake is a good natural treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

One Caution About Reducing Your Intake of Sugar

Registered Dietitians at both Dana Farber and MD Anderson provide us with one cautionary statement. Both hospitals have seen many patients who  have given up all sugar (even natural sweeteners like Maple syrup,  honey and all fruit). There is  information on the internet about a recent study in the UK. Some researchers there developed a way to see cancer growth with a special MRI. Their study to indicated that sugar does cause cancer tumors  to  grow. They fed mice with cancer refined sugar and were able to see cancer sells grow when the cancer cell came in contact with sugar. Is this relevant to RA? No, it is not, but the caution statement the dietitians published is relevant. All sugars are not equal. Our body needs basic natural sugars to survive. Reducing your sugar intake does not mean that you should quit eating fresh fruits and whole grains and other healthy carbohydrates. Your body needs those natural sugars to function. Fruits , vegetables and whole grains provide you with fiber, phytonutrients and natural sugars you need. Empty calories like donuts provide you with a lot of sugar and no nutrients that your body needs. An orange provides you with natural sugar and phytonutrients that give your body the fuel to function well. If you decide to reduce your sugar intake, please do  not reduce natural sugars as well. You should  limit refined sugar, not natural sugars.

How Refined Sugar Increases Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation

Research has shown that high fat and sugary foods  increase  RA inflammation. On the other hand, whole foods and grains, especially foods that contain a lot of fiber reduce inflammation.

Examples of How Reducing Your Intake of Processed Foods and Sugar Make You Feel Better:

  • Dr. Mark Hyman tells a story in his book,  The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet , about a patient who came to see him who had severe RA. This man was so crippled that he was barely able to walk into Dr. Hyman’s office. Dr Hyman practices Functional Medicine. He ran a lot of tests on this gentleman and put him on his Blood Sugar Diet for six months. When the patient went back for his six month check up, he walked into Dr Hyman’s office like a normal person, reported that he felt better than he had felt in years and had even been able to reduce his Methotrexate.
  • Every Day Health reports that the chronic inflammation that is present in Rheumatoid Arthritis impairs the body’s ability to break down sweets made with refined sugar. That is why sugar causes RA flares.
  • My Experience: I read Dr. Hyman’s book and went on his 10-Day Detox Diet. When the detox was over, I continued to eat a healthy diet and gave up: refined sugar,  coffee and processed foods. I also went on a gluten-free diet. My detox diet ended three months ago and I continued to follow Dr. Hyman’s basic diet. I have just begun to feel better than I have felt in a long time. The swelling in my hands has decreased and I have not had an RA flare in three months. The jury is still out, but I am beginning to hope I can be one of those people who can control my RA symptoms with diet.
  • There are many more stories like mine on line. There is no guarantee that diet will help everyone, but a healthy diet that eliminates refined sugar sure can’t hurt.

Please do remember that, if you change your diet or try any other natural treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis,  you can not expect to see significant results for several months. Please also check with your doctor before tying any natural treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

What about you. Have you been successful with any natural ways to treat your RA?

 References

http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/rheumatoid-arthritis-natural-treatments

http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2012/02/02/10-rules-to-eat-safely-for-life-and-what-to-remove-from-your-kitchen/

http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2012/10/17/lesson-2-inflammation-and-immune-balance/

http://www.rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/38/11/1039.full

http://www.dana-farber.org/Health-Library/Sugar-and-Cancer-Cells.aspx

http://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/issues/2012-november/cancersugar.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-pictures/foods-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-should-avoid.aspx#/slide-5

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