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Lifestyles To Avoid If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Prolonged Standing

If you have RA standing for a great amount of time could put severe pressure on your inflamed knees. You might need to sit on the bed to get dressed; or make use of a walker when you go out. The walker would support your movements. And also help you reach sitting areas to rest your arthritic joints.


Living A Sedentary Lifestyle

Doing some form of physical activity is mandatory for everyone. It improves your bone health, muscle strength, and joint health. Living a sedentary lifestyle is not an option.

Giving your body ample time to rest is also compulsory. Rest restores your body from the inflammation and intense pain in your joints; as well as from fatigue. But you shouldn't overwork yourself. Rather you should strike a balance between rest and physical activity.

A sedentary lifestyle does more harm to your body. Like it increases the pain, fatigue, and joint weakness.


Eating A Pro-Inflammatory Diet

According to Dr Meara, " Certain foods and additives are believed to increase inflammation in the body, such as sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, omega-6 fatty acids, refined carbohydrates, monosodium glutamate (MSG), gluten, aspartame, and alcohol. " [1]

Rather consume meals that include anti-inflammatory foods. Such foods include:

tomatoes

fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines

olive oil

nuts like almonds and walnuts

fruits such as strawberries, cherries, and oranges

green leafy vegetables


Remaining In One Position

It is not healthy to stay in one spot for a long time because it could cause stiffness and soreness in your joints. So RA persons are encouraged to regularly adjust their positions often. Such as when laying in bed, watching television, or reading.


Strenuous Exercise

Performing exercises and stretches are necessary to assist manage RA symptoms. However you should be careful not to overdo it. You shouldn't involve yourself in strenuous activities or heavy-lifting. Light walks and gentle stretches are mild activities that could be done by RA persons.


Sources:

[1] Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/things-that-make-ra-worse/

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