Psoriatic arthritis, like many other types of arthritis, can be extremely painful and hard to deal with when the doctors tell you that there is no cure. However, there are many different kinds of treatments that can help to relieve pain or reduce inflammation, and some even claim that they can cure this disease. The first place to start is in a healthy and balanced diet. While there is limited research to support this, the success stories speak for themselves, as many psoriatic arthritis victims have experienced much relief from changes in dieting habits.
Less Sugar, More Color
The first step to maintaining a healthier diet that can possibly cure this disease is to begin eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You may even choose to experiment with a vegan for a while. Fruits and vegetables are high in anti-oxidants and that means they are rich in anti-inflammatory elements that can help relieve pain and stiffness in the joints. Pick colorful food items like squash, berries, broccoli, tomatoes, and other low calorie, low sugar groceries. Stick to organic or all natural and eat a variety of colorful fruits and veggies.
Find Relief in Weight Control
Another important element of gaining the most relief from inflammation and pain is to reduce overall weight. Excess weight causes more damage and pressure on the joints and is usually caused by unhealthy diet. By eating more living foods and plant-based products, and by avoiding dairy as well as meats that are high in fat, weight becomes less of a concern and more controllable. This is not to say, however, that the consumption of protein should be eliminated completely. Eating more lean meat and poultry that is grass fed is an all-around healthier choice.
The best source of protein is cold-water fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids—a recommended fat that is healthy and can reduce symptoms of unhealthy skin and inflammation. Fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut, and others are the best sources. The ideal serving size is three to four ounces which is the size of the palm of your hand. The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids can also be taken in the form of supplements such as fish oil, and this is a good idea if it is not possible to keep fresh and lean fish on hand. Other forms of healthy fats can be found in oils such as avocado, olive, and walnut.
While the most beneficial source of nutrients essential for a healthy diet comes in raw, natural foods, supplements can be taken as needed. Supplements such as Vitamin K, Vitamin D, magnesium, selenium, boron, droitin, bromelain, glucosamine, and omega-3’s could be vital essentials that are missing in the diet. However, it is always best to talk to a doctor before starting new supplements or implementing drastic changes in the diet as some of these could conflict with medications.
Load Up on Fiber
A diet high in fiber can help reduce toxins in the body, increase digestion time and lower levels of unhealthy build up that can all be harmful elements to the body when dealing with added stress in the joints. An increase in fiber can also speed up weight loss if eaten consistently. Some foods that are high in fiber are bran cereals, beans, peas, berries, avocados, flaxseed, squash, turnip and collard greens, rolled oats and whole grains such as rye and barley.
While there are no guarantees, these few additions to a healthy diet have provided much relief and have helped to reduce the symptoms of many types of arthritis.