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Rheumatoid arthritis diet

People suffering from this debilitating problem have a wide range of symptoms, which include:

rheumatoid arthris diet

After repeated requests from visitors, we have added this page which contains a generic diet for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

The 7-day eating plan listed below for rheumatoid arthritis patients was compiled by a dietitian and although it would be best that a dietitian work out a tailor-made diet for every person, our diet below can be used as a foundation to plan your diet.

We have a selection of herbal products available, and some are formulated to assist with this problem. To view our product catalogue, please click here.

The typical onset age of rheumatoid arthritis

This can start anything from 25 - 50 years, but earlier or later onset is not uncommon and affects more than 2.9 million people in the United States alone.

Dietary advice rheumatoid arthritis

In the effective management of rheumatoid arthritis it is important to change the type of fat in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in the inflammatory pathway of the human body and thus have increased popularity in the dietary management of this problem.

It would be a good idea to increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake either in tablet form or as part of your daily diet.

Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are:

  • canola oil (the oil and margarine)
  • salmon oil
  • soybean oil
  • soybeans
  • walnut oil
  • walnuts
  • avocado oil
  • fresh avocado.

Increase the daily intake of raw or steamed foods as well as fish, chicken, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and rice.

Foods to avoid rheumatoid arthritis

Many foods can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis and precipitate flare-ups and should therefore be kept to the bare minimum, or preferably cut out of the diet.

Should you be unsure of the cause of flare-ups in your diet, follow an eliminating diet, where certain suspect foods are eliminated from the diet, and then added one at a time in order to pinpoint the exact culprit/s when a flare-up appears after adding the particular food to your diet again.

Foods that are acid and should be restricted:

  • alcohol
  • dairy
  • berries
  • tea
  • coffee
  • refined wheat
  • saturated fats
  • salts
  • processed foods
  • fried and grilled foods

7 day eating plan rheumatoid arthritis

You can receive the diet plan by e-mail as well. Click here.

  • Day 1
    • Breakfast
      • 1 apple
      • 1 block Weetbix (Wheat cereal) with low fat milk
      • 1 boiled egg on 1 slice of whole wheat toast or roll with canola margarine
    • Light meal
      • 125 ml apple juice
      • Tuna salad made with 60 gram tuna, green salad, cucumber, celery and low fat salad dressing
      • 1 whole wheat bread roll with canola margarine
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram skinless chicken
      • 125 ml sweet potato
      • 50 ml sauce of choice
      • 125 ml peas
      • 125 ml cooked carrots
      • tossed green salad comprising of 1 small tomato, mushrooms, cucumber and lettuce
      • 1 slice paw-paw
  • Day 2
    • Breakfast
      • 200 ml apple juice
      • 180 ml bran flake breakfast cereal with low fat milk
      • 45 gram lean bacon on 1 slice of whole wheat toast with canola margarine
    • Light meal
      • 1 apple
      • Greek salad comprising of 60 gram feta cheese, lettuce, small tomato, 5 olives and low fat salad dressing
      • 1 bran muffin with canola margarine and jam
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram beef strips stir-fried
      • 125 ml cooked pasta shells
      • 50 ml sweet 'n sour sauce
      • 125 ml mixed vegetable thinly sliced and stir-fried
      • French salad comprising of 1 small tomato, cucumber and thinly sliced carrot, 2 slices pineapple
  • Day 3
    • Breakfast
      • 1 banana
      • 180 ml Rice Crispies breakfast cereal with low fat milk
      • 1 bran muffin with canola margarine and 30 gram grated cheese and jam
    • Light meal
      • 125 ml apple juice
      • Chicken pasta comprising of 60 gram chicken in a white sauce on 250 ml cooked pasta
      • 125 ml carrot and pineapple salad
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram baked fish
      • 1 medium potato
      • 40 gram low fat cottage cheese
      • 125 ml spinach
      • 125 ml peas
      • Waldorf salad comprising of 1 grated apple, 20 gram celery, 30 gram seedless raisins, 50 gram chopped walnuts with 50 ml mayonnaise and 50 ml low fat fruit yogurt
  • Day 4
    • Breakfast
      • 200 ml apple juice
      • 125 ml cooked porridge (e.g. oats)
      • 3 fish fingers on 1 slice whole wheat toast with canola margarine
    • Light meal
      • Ham and cheddar cheese sandwich comprising of 30 gram cheese and 30 gram ham on 2 slices whole wheat bread with canola margarine
      • 125 ml tossed salad comprising of 1 small tomato, cucumber and lettuce with low fat salad dressing
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram chicken a la king
      • 125 ml brown rice
      • 50 ml sauce of choice
      • 125 ml cauliflower
      • 125 ml butternut
      • 1 cup fruit salad
  • Day 5
    • Breakfast
      • 200 ml apple juice
      • 120 ml Muesli with 175 ml low fat fruit yogurt
      • 1 scrambled egg on 1 slice whole wheat toast with canola margarine
    • Light meal
      • 1 banana
      • 60 gram pork sausage and 100 gram mashed potato prepared with canola margarine and low fat milk
      • 125 ml Greek salad comprising of 30 gram feta cheese, lettuce, 1 small tomato, 2 olives and low fat salad dressing
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram grilled fish fillet
      • 100 gram savory potato dish
      • 50 ml sauce of choice
      • 125 ml mixed vegetables
      • 125 ml marinated cucumber slices
      • 1 pear
  • Day 6
    • Breakfast
      • 1 pear
      • 180 ml bran based breakfast cereal with low fat milk
      • 1 bran muffin with canola margarine and 30 gram grated cheese
    • Light meal
      • 125 ml apple juice
      • 1 slice spinach quiche
      • 250 ml stir-fried vegetables
      • 1 whole wheat bread roll with canola margarine
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram chicken kebabs
      • 125 ml pearled wheat or brown rice
      • 50 ml sauce of choice
      • 125 ml green beans
      • 125 ml carrots
      • 125 ml tinned fruit
  • Day 7
    • Breakfast
      • 200 ml apple juice
      • 125 ml cooked porridge (e.g. oats)
      • 1 wheat scone or bran muffin with canola margarine and 30 gram grated cheddar cheese
    • Light meal
      • 1 slice paw-paw
      • 1 pita bread with 60 gram chicken strips
      • 125 ml tossed salad comprising of 1 small tomato, cucumber and lettuce
    • Main meal
      • 120 gram lean beef pot roast
      • 100 gram brown rice
      • 50 ml sauce of choice
      • 125 ml cooked broccoli
      • 125 ml pumpkin fritters
      • Green salad comprising of tomato, mushrooms, cucumber and lettuce with low fat salad dressing
      • 250 ml fruit salad and small amount of vanilla ice cream.

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Ageless herbal product range

Our Ageless herbal product range

Skin care

  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

 

Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.

 

Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
  • Cellulite gel
    • Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.

 

Herbal supplements

  • Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
    • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
  • Digest capsules
    • If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
  • Detox capsules
    • Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
  • Urinary and bladder health capsules
    • Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
  • Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
    • If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
  • Olive leaf extract capsules
    • This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
  • Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
    • Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.

 

Other products

  • Jojoba oil
    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
  • Lavender oil
    • This is the most popular essential oil and with good reason. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat (not diluted) on the skin, and is great to help with regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells. Emotionally it has a calming and soothing effect and is an exceptionally pleasant smelling oil.
  • Tea tree oil
    • Once used, you will always have a bottle of tea tree essential oil handy. It deals effectively with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our oil surpasses the “Australian Standard” by having less than 15% 1,8 cineole and more than 30% of Terpinen-4-ol. This powerful essential oil is effective in various ways to fight infections and skin problems.
  • Almond oil
    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

Herbal information

Herbal encyclopedia

Different uses of medicinal herbs

Explanation of the therapeutic properties of herbs

List of ailments and herbs that may be useful


Information on individual herbs

 

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