2 years ago I was diagnosed w RA. It all started with a neck pain that never subsided. When I waked up in the mornings i was barley able to move my head due to the pain. After 0.5 years of neck pain I went and did a normal health screening. In the result of the blood works my RA factor was high, and eventually I got referral to a rheumatologist.
I got prednisone and sulfazalasin prescribed. After a few months my neck pain started to fade away and I was able to live a bit more like normal again.
This was the time I started to google about what I could do to improve my own health and what could be good to do from a RA point of view. I started to realise that I needed to support my body in every way to try to fight this decease.
For Christmas that year I wished for some books about anti-inflammatory diets and it was here I started to understand there is a connection between your gut and RA. Now after 2 years I m fully convinced that this is the case since I know that after eating some foods I will have flares.
My main focus initially was to reduce meat, ,gluten and sugar. Ok I admit its not as easy as it is written specially not the sugar part.
I try to focus on eating as many different vegetables in a week as possible to help my gut health to improve. I read a lot of books about sleep and listen to numerous podcasts w experts and I believe this is one of the corner stones in a healthy lifestyle. Since I started to take better care of my sleep I can really feel a difference when I don’t get enough. I normally wake up 20 min before my alarm after 7-8 hours of sleep. Some days I wake up a few times during the night, therefore I’m still trying to find my perfect bedroom and perfect diet to improve my sleep even further.
I have always exercised in some form. Exercise is also proven to reduce inflammation. Main focus here is to walk around 10 000 steps a day and on top of that work out. I do weightlifting, running and CrossFit. I only work out when my joints allow it as I tend to get super sore if I put to much strain on a inflamed joint.
Main focus on this page will be what we all can do to improve our health with what nature has given to us. Food such as vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits. I will dig down in what food will heal your gut and what will reduce your inflammation. For everyone, not just RA warriors