5. Limit your alcohol intake
Research has shown that for most people with RA, drinking moderately is fine. It may even have some benefits for you. Several studies looked at RA patients who drank no alcohol, and those who drank a higher amount of alcohol. They found that those patients had increased inflammation or no change. RA patients who drank a moderate amount of alcohol had less inflammation.
While the jury may still be out on alcohol intake, it does seem to lower inflammation in some cases. Definitely check with your doctor and your pharmacist to see how your prescriptions may be affected by alcohol.
There are several diets that you can try that include many of these recommendations. The Paleo Diet (sometimes called the “caveman diet”) consists of basic, natural foods: fruit, vegetables, and meat. The Mediterranean Diet includes all of this, but also whole grains and extra-virgin olive oil.
You should also do regular, moderate exercise. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.