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How to Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disorder that attacks your own body’s tissues. This chronic inflammatory disorder not only damages joints, it also can damage the eyes, heart, lungs and blood vessels.

Since Rheumatoid Arthritis attacks the lining of the joints, it creates very painful inflammation. There is no miracle cure for RA, however with proper nutrition, you can keep the inflammation at bay.

Which foods should you eat? It is recommended to follow a plant-based diet. This does not necessarily mean becoming vegan or vegetarian. Plant-based means just that. Your base diet is whole fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, while still enjoying some good quality meat occasionally. It’s more important to give up processed foods, such as crackers, chips, dairy products and gluten. Instead choose foods that are loaded with antioxidants such as whole fruit and green leafy veggies. Think about eating foods that have rich colors, from blueberries to eggplant, oranges to kale, beets to zucchini. Grains, nuts and seeds are also very good for reducing inflammation, as are fatty fish like salmon, sardines, grouper, cod, and halibut.

If you want to learn more about a plant based diet and how it can improve your health, please contact me, Sue Force at, 480-580-3404. I look forward to guiding you on your nutrition and wellness journey.


Here is a delicious and easy recipe that will help reduce inflammation.

Sheet Pan Cod Tacos – serves 4

  • 1 tsp cumin – fights inflammation

  • 1 tsp garlic powder – garlic is one of the top inflammation fighters

  • ½ tsp chili powder – decreases swelling of joints and increases blood flow

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 3 bell peppers sliced thin – rich with anti-inflammatory benefits

  • 1 red onion sliced thin – excellent for the immune system

  • 3 tbsp olive oil – heart healthy and has anti-inflammatory benefits

  • 1 pound cod, sliced into strips – Omega 3 fatty acids, great for heart health and fights inflammation

  • 1 lime, juiced – reduces inflammation and great for digestion

  • Preheat oven 400 degrees

In a small bowl, mix cumin, garlic powder, chili powder and salt.

Place peppers and onion on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, and 1 ½ tsp spice mix. Toss to combine.

Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl toss the fish, 1 tbsp olive oil and remaining spice mixture.

When veggies are done, flip and stir. Arrange fish on the sheet pan with the veggies and place back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Until fish is flaky. Drizzle lime juice over the top.

Serve with corn tortillas. I also like fresh cilantro on top.

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