Saturday 12 October: World Health Day for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Are daily joint pains affecting your life?

If you’ll pardon the pun, living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a real pain.  Sometimes a change in diet can greatly improve chronic complaints and provide much needed relief.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system (which usually fights infections) starts to mistakenly attack the cells that line your joints, leaving the joints swollen, stiff and painful. This process can lead to permanent damage of the joint, cartilage and bone. Sadly there is no cure for RA but there are some things you can do to relieve the symptoms.

It is unclear what triggers this particular problem with the immune system. Health experts and researchers have suggested that certain types of food can cause rheumatoid arthritis by triggering inflammation, and a growing amount of evidence has shown that delayed food allergies may be associated with RA.

The goal is to improve the joint pain and swelling, enhancing your ability to perform day-to-day activities.

Using ImuPro testing will help identify your personal trigger foods. By guiding your change in diet, ImuPro can help you alleviate or reduce your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and get you back to enjoying life pain-free.

Ask your doctor or therapist about ImuPro and get tested today.

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