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Psoriatic arthritis symptoms are no joke, and we'd bet they ruined a ton of fun if you had this condition.
While you may have a doctor's treatment plan, there are a lot of rumors on the internet about home remedies and natural treatments for PsA.
That's why we've set ourselves the task of filtering out what's legitimate and what's not. So you can create the best possible plan to keep these symptoms under control.
Remember, these measures are not a panacea and should work in concert with your doctor-approved plan. This means that you tell them all the suggested therapies that you want to try before dipping! [1
. 1 Normally we say, screw the scales – you do it while you are healthy! But for people with PsA, maintaining healthy weight is one of the most important ways to reduce symptoms outside of your medication.
If you are trying to lose weight and have problems, remember that you may not have to meet extreme weight loss goals to get results.
In the long run you will probably see greater benefits from a slight weight loss than from a yo-yo diet.
A Registered Nutritionist can help you to create a nutritional plan that both promotes results and satisfies cravings (yummy).
. 2 Say it louder to people in the background – stop smoking
We know it's 2019. Are people still smoking? You bet – and yes, Vaping counts.
This is a major problem since, in addition to all other strong benefits of smoking – cancer, heart disease, emphysema, premature aging, brittle hair, yellow teeth – smoking is a known risk factor for the development of PsA and the effect may worsen due to condition its inflammatory effect.
If you rarely smoke – yes, that includes occasional drunken cigarettes – your PSA may be another motivator for cessation.
. 3 Chill out, man
Take it from The Dude, a relaxed, airy attitude can do you some good. Research has shown that controlling the level of stress can do wonders for PsA.
There is not much research on which specific types of stress reduction routines could help the most. So try whatever appeals to you. We love soothing music, essential oils, meditation, yoga and bubble baths.
. 4 Respect Your Bedtime
What We Know: Good sleep can combat the fatigue that is commonly associated with PsA, either as a result of the condition itself or some medications used for treatment.
The best way to calm down Fancy a night of success? Make it a special ritual at night. Keep screens away from the bedroom and go to bed at the same time every night.
Follow these tips to sleep like a log all night.
. 1 Being physically, physically … treated
Low impact physiotherapy and exercise may help some people with PsA to maintain joint mobility, although more research is needed.
In addition to the calming PsA symptoms, exercise is only a good rule of thumb for overall health (the benefits are legitimate).
As with anything else, be mindful of how you feel and never try to push through a workout when you're in pain – you can potentially damage your joints.
Our top exercises for people with PsA:
- weight training
- elliptical training
- tai chi
2. Reduce the alcohol
We know – wine Not Wednesdays are the best! But if you spare the Chardonnay, you can keep inflammation and thus your PsA under control.
Although the link between alcohol consumption and PsA is still under investigation, a reduction in alcohol consumption can also lead to better sleep, lower sugar intake, and less weight loss.
3 Diet modification
Can certain foods alleviate the symptoms of painful inflammatory conditions? We can not say for sure, but science is promising. Is a healthy diet important for all people of all ages? Bloody hell.
While not a panacea, here are some foods that can help:
- Omega-3 fatty acids: such as fish oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and flax seeds
- Antioxidant-rich foods: such as dark berries, leafy greens and dark chocolate Fiber-filled whole grains: such as oats, brown rice and quinoa  4. Enjoy your coffee in moderation
Although already It has been suggested that coffee is harmful to patients with psoriasis and possibly PsA, recent research shows that it is probably okay to consume coffee in moderation and that, as a bonus, it may have mild benefits.
] 5. Try needlepoint
Do not sew, but if that's your thing, have fun! We are talking about acupuncture.
Needles may not be high on your list of recreational activities, but more and more research shows that this age-old practice can relieve pain and relax muscles.
Just be aware that this is not an isolated case. and done procedure.
PsA acupuncture treatment requires multiple sessions over time. How many and how often do you, your acupuncturist and, of course, your main problem – your doctor – have to determine?
Not all adjunct therapies are the same, which is why it is important that you are aware of PsA "treatments" with dubious scientific or other complications before they are added to your treatment plan.
Here are some of the options that fall flat:
1. The gluten-free diet if you do not need to be gluten-free
Psoriasis and PsA seem to correlate with celiac disease, a condition in which eating gluten causes intestinal inflammation, and those with celiac disease should definitely consume a gluten-free diet.
However, gluten-free diets are restrictive, which makes it harder to get certain nutrients that are essential for a healthy life.
If you think you have a problem with gluten because you have symptoms like bloating and diarrhea after eating, talk to your doctor about the possibility that you have celiac disease.
A gluten-free diet is unlikely to help your PsA unless you've confirmed such a problem.
. 2 Vitamins D & B
Some small studies have suggested that vitamin D3, vitamin B12 and selenium are beneficial in psoriasis and possibly PsA. However, larger studies have not yet supported these treatments.
Many small studies have been conducted on vitamin D3, but in double-blind, randomized, controlled trials, vitamin D3 has shown no better effect than placebo in the treatment of psoriasis, as does vitamin B12.
Vitamin and mineral supplements seem to be harmless, but it can be side effects, especially in high doses. So it's best to keep your dollars until more legitimate research is available.
. 3 Herbal supplements
Unfortunately, these herbs should best be left in the kitchen. There is little evidence that herbal supplements help treat PsA. Some may even interact with your medications. If you decide to take it, you must tell your doctor.
- PsA is a serious condition that necessarily requires a doctor-approved treatment plan. Delaying medical treatment can even lead to irreversible joint damage.
- If your current medications do not control your symptoms or cause side effects, tell your doctor – there are many different medicines for PsA and you may find the right regimen may take some time.
- If you combine your prescribed treatment with evidence-based suggestions, such as: For example, to maintain a healthy weight, not to smoke, to deal with stress and to sleep well enough, you have the best chance to live your best life with PsA.
Nicole Haloupek is a science journalist with a dog obsession and a doctorate. in molecular and cell biology. Follow her on Twitter: @haloupek .