Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism and gout.
Arthritis is a vast category covering a dozen disorders, the most common of which are rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism and gout.
Generally, arthritis is defined as an inflammatory joint lesion. Its causes can be infectious (infectious arthritis), rheumatic and autoimmunitary (rheumatoid arthritis) or metabolic (gout).
From a naturopathic perspective, aside from normal wear and tear, these types of arthritis are caused by a diet that is too acidifying or inflammatory, or by a nutritional deficiency.
Eliminate sources of arachidonic acid, such as beef, dairy products, mutton, lamb and veal. Avoid nightshade plants, such as eggplant, bell peppers, white potatoes and tomatoes.
Reduce your intake of simple sugars (including natural simple sugars).
Eat a diet that leaves behind alkaline ash (see section on Acidosis). This is particularly important in the case of gout.
Check for food intolerances (see our article on Food Allergies). This is particularly important in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.
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