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5 Ways to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Naturally

By Contributor ; Updated August 14, 2017

Go on a Fast

Fasting is one of the first things many natural health doctors suggest to patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Not eating at all often results in a significant reduction in symptoms, including pain, swelling and inflammation. During a fast, which usually lasts from 3 days to 1 week, you'll drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. People on juice fasts can go for up to 2 weeks without solid food. Just make sure the juice is fresh and organic. However, you should never fast unless you're under the supervision of a doctor since some people have underlying conditions that make them unable to fast safely.

Try an Elimination Diet

Many people with arthritis find that they are sensitive to certain foods. When they eat these foods, their rheumatoid-arthritis symptoms get worse. To determine whether you have any food sensitivities that may be causing you undue pain and suffering, try to remember what you ate in the hours before a bad arthritis attack. Eliminate that food from your diet for 2 weeks. If you experience a flareup of symptoms again after you re-introduce it to your diet, permanently remove it from the list of foods you eat.

Don't Eat Inflammatory Foods

Some foods promote inflammation, which you definitely want to avoid if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Dairy products are among the worst offenders in this category. Sugar, hydrogenated oils, white flour and fried foods all contribute to inflammation in the body. Instead, eat anti-inflammatory foods, such as salmon, olive oil, blueberries, ginger and garlic.

Take Cetyl Myristoleate

Cetyl myristoleate is a fatty acid that occurs naturally in some foods. When it's extracted and taken orally for at least 2 months, it has been shown to stop the disease process of rheumatoid arthritis in some people. Cetyl myristoleate was discovered when it was noticed that albino mice don't get rheumatoid arthritis. Naturally high levels of cetyl myristoleate in these mice were found to be the protective factor.

Urine May Help

Many people have found that their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms were successfully managed or even cured by urine therapy. It sounds horrible, but it's really not. Urine is a powerful immune-system modulator, and drinking your own can correct the imbalances in your immune system that have caused it to attack your joints. A typical protocol for urine therapy is to put one drop of your first morning urine in a full glass of water and drink it. Each day, increase the number of drops of urine by five to 10, until you're drinking 1 to 2 oz. of urine each day. Some people are able to increase the amount of urine they drink more quickly than this, as their senses readily adjust to accept the taste and smell of it.

Once you've reached 1 to 2 oz. of urine, take note of how your joints feel. Since you can't overdose on urine, you can increase your dose at that point if you're not feeling better yet. Keep increasing your dose until you notice an improvement in your symptoms, and then continue taking that dose of urine each day for the rest of your life.

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