What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that primary affects the synovial joints. These are the joints that are considered flexible joints. It is a painful disease and can be a very debilitating condition if not treated properly and sometimes even when it is treated properly.

What are some of the things that I can do to the fight the signs of RA?

Because RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body attacks itself, fighting RA symptoms can be very difficult. However, studies have been done to highlight healthy habits that can help ward off some of the symptoms associated with RA. These habits maintained over a long period of time will help them to become part of your lifestyle which is the ultimate goal when it comes to living with RA.

Listed below are 5 healthy habits you can do to fight the signs of RA:

1.) Have a positive outlook on life and your disease- RA is not who you are, it is something that you have. Maintaining the proper philosophy and attitude related to the disease is important for the treatment of RA. If you don’t believe that it can get better, your body tends to respond to that and will continue to feel the effects of the pain on a more regular basis than if you believed. Having a good attitude will also help you to further seek the proper treatment because you actually believe the symptoms can be relieved and will do what it takes to find out how.

2.) Maintain the proper diet- Notice that it doesn’t say to maintain a healthy diet. The proper diet for RA is somewhat different from what a person that is trying to eat healthy may be. The proper diet for RA would include a diet rich in fish, vegetables, and healthy oils, which is also what the Mediterranean diet and paleo diet emphasizes. What you eat is always important when it comes to managing most disease processes and it’s no different here.

3.) Get moving- Exercise is something that we were all put here to do and it’s not just for the “health” of it. Well maybe it is. Exercising not only can take your mind off of the pain for a while but strength training and conditioning show positive effects in the person with RA. (Baillière’s Clinical Rheumatology: Vol 8, Iss 1, February 1994: Page 161: Exercise and Rheumatic Disease) Exercising and training smart is beneficial to your health in many different ways so consult with a trainer and with your physician to find out which exercises can help optimize your dealing with RA.