Foods Not to Eat When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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People with rheumatoid arthritis should be evaluated to determine which foods to avoid, as each individual's reaction to certain foods will vary. Find out which foods to avoid when arthritis can be affected with information from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on healthy eating.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness and I'm going to talk to you about what foods not to eat when you have rheumatoid arthritis. There's actually been a lot of controversy in what foods to avoid if you've got rheumatoid arthritis. Some common recommendations are to avoid nightshade vegetables which are things such as tomatoes, potatoes, lots of different peppers, eggplant, but there's conflicting research there whether avoiding those foods truly helps reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. One of the reasons why that there's thought to be a connection to food is because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, it involves the immune system, there is the possibility that food sensitivities can play a role. Now that very well may be the case, however each person is different. If it's something such as a food allergy or a food sensitivity that involves the immune system, it's not going to be the same for everyone therefore there isn't one generic list that can be given to a person and say you just need to avoid, XYZ food and it will help alleviate your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Really each individual person needs to be evaluated to see if they have their own specific set of food sensitivities or food allergies and if those foods can be identified, then those are the foods that that particular person needs to avoid. So again, there isn't a generic list that can be given, often times people will start by avoiding nightshade vegetables, sometimes there is some benefit in that, but primarily you need to be evaluated to see if you have any particular food allergies or any particular food sensitivities and avoid those foods for your own body and often times that will help with alleviating some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. One thing that may help with rheumatoid arthritis is omega 3 fatty acids which are often found in all types of seafood, some nuts and seeds, some vegetable oils, so sometimes those can help with relieving your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but again you need to be cautious because there is a potential that one of those foods that has that omega 3 you may be allergic to. So again you want to get that evaluated for you as an individual and then you will know specifically for your own body which foods you need to avoid for rheumatoid arthritis.

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