Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do you suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthrithis is a chronic and very painful, auto-immune condition that affects primarily women in their middle age.

GPs s and doctors try to treat this debilitating condition through the use of pharmaceutical drugs including Methotrexate and steroids used to help suppress symptoms of inflammation.

Taking pharmaceuticals indefinitely is not without risks and many patients are looking for a more natural solution.

The key in helping patients with Arthritis is  being able to identify the possible triggers of this uncomfortable and painful disease.

What are the triggers of  Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Without question food intolerances and diet are the first area to investigate. Most patients with arthritis do have a food intolerance and several  would benefit greatly from removing both gluten and dairy from their diet. These foods can cause inflammation due to your body mounting an inappropriate immune response. Other key foods that can cause inflammation include eggs, foods from the night shade family (potatoes, peppers and tomatoes) as well as nuts and seeds.

A skilled practitioner will be able to guide you through a sensible elimination diet, trying to assess the proper triggers in your individual case. You may also benefit from a food intolerance test to help you identify the danger foods.


Research suggests that some viruses may be implicated in the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis, these include Epstein Bar Virus and the Herpes virus. If viruses are implicated you should consider taking some anti-viral supplements such as Humic acid.


Bacteria has also been linked to the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Alan Ebringer has linked a urinary virus called Proteus Mirabilis to Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is an asymptomatic urinary infection that patients don’t even know they have. If you do have this bacteria, you could try to take some Oregano oil to eradicate it.

Candida, Yeast and Mold

If you are suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis you will be well-advised to test for yeast as this can also cause inflammation and make symptoms worse . If you do have an overgrowth of yeast you will need to follow an anti-candida diet and take necessary anti fungals.

Heavy Metals Toxicity

It is well know that mercury found in fish and fillings in your teeth is toxic to the human body. You would be well-advised to screen for mercury toxicity and if appropriate use detox protocols with an experienced nutritionist.


Stress can have an enormous impact on your health. Chronic stress from work, unhappy relationships divorce, death can lead to exceedingly high stress hormones, cortisol and can cause chronic inflammation. This in turn can affect your further exacerbate your immune system.


Top 10 tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis Suffers


  1. Get tested for food intolerances or visit a qualified professional who will put you on an elimination diet
  2. Eat anti-inflammatory foods, including avocado, chicken, vegetables
  3. Remove Gluten from your diet
  4. Remove Dairy from your diet
  5. Remove Alcohol and Sugar from your diet
  6. Get tested for a yeast overgrowth to see if that is contributing to inflammation
  7. Take natural supplements to deal with potential viruses or bacteria including Humic acid or oregano oil
  8. Take liver supporting supplements including Lipoic acid, NAC, L-glutahione
  9. Have a stool test to check for bacteria an parasites in the gut
  10.  SLEEP-if you have an auto immune condition you may need 9 hours or more of sleep.

 For further information please contact Victoria Tyler on 0845 129 7996


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London Nutritionist based in Harley Street.

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