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Rheumatoid Arthritis - How To Increase Your Options With Alternative Medicine

Aug 18, 2007
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is when our immune system turns on the body that hosts it and systematically tries to destroy it by attacking healthy body tissue such as the joints (rheumatoid arthritis), muscles (fibromyalgia), pancreas (type 1 diabetes) or nerves (multiple sclerosis).

Think of the immune system as a huge army of white blood cells ready to defend our body against attack by outside invaders such as germs, bacteria, viruses and parasites (also known as antigens). It does this by producing antibodies which fight against these external parasites.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by our immune system mistakenly identifying our joints as external parasites, causing it to attack and destroy the tissues that line bone joints and cartilage. This as we know causes pain and inflammation. So why does this happen?

It's because our immune system is compromised. Our modern lifestyle puts more and more stress on our immune system. Drugs, infections, smoking, hormone inbalances, lack of exercise and stress all play a role, whereas our diets do nothing to help. No wonder our immunity is struggling to cope!

A healthy immune system is vital for a healthy and vigorous life. More and more these days we are hearing of the increase of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, guillain-barre syndrome and type 1 diabetes.

If medical science has taken such great strides in the research and discovery of breakthrough knowledge and medicines, why do we seem to be getter sicker and sicker by the year?

Because conventional medicine focuses more on treating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, than it does on the prevention and possible cure of this debilitating disease.

The side effects of the drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can be quite severe. Is there a better answer?

Alternative medicine and natural cures for arthritis can help cure rheumatoid arthritis at the source. Of course there are many options in alternative medicine for alleviating pain as well, but the main aim is to deal with the cause of arthritis which in most cases is a weak immune system.

So what's some things we can do to strengthen our immune systems?

Get sufficient sleep - There's nothing more draining on the immune system than a sleep deprived body. Everyone has different sleep requirements, make sure you're getting enough sleep time for your needs.

Improve your diet - This is one of the best ways to give your immunity a boost! We can use up a lot of energy just digesting the foods we eat. Eat plenty of fresh foods and cut down on junk and processed foods.

Take a supplement - Mainstream medicine is fond of telling us that food alone can give us all the nutrients we need. Well it probably could if we knew what to eat and in what quantities.

Added to the fact that we're not all nutrition experts, our soils are depleted of natural nutrients owing to over-cultivation, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Our food is sometimes stored for months in cold storage, allowing nutrients to leak out. Just take a supplement!

Get plenty of exercise - You knew I was going to say that, didn't you? Exercise increases oxygen into the bloodstream, releases endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones and helps to build the muscles that support your joints.

This has been a very brief venture into the ways to boost our immune health to help prevent or alleviate autoummune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. The spin-offs are fewer diseases like colds and flu and more energy to do the things we love.
About the Author
If you're suffering with arthritis but are worried about the pain killing drugs you're currently taking, whether it's the cost or the side effects, visit http://www.rheumatoid-arthritis-secrets.com to find out about natural arthritis remedies and pain relief.
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