Counter the condition from the comfort of your home
Still’s disease is a rare kind of arthritis that affects young people by causing a sore throat, a rash and a high fever that shoots up once or twice a day. A few days into these symptoms, joint pain sets in and overtime it can damage the joints of the knees, wrists, ankles, elbows, hands and shoulders. Scientists are yet to find out the reason for the condition but it is usually triggered by a viral or bacterial infection. The condition is not hereditary but is common amongst younger people.
Controlling the inflammation is of top priority for a person with still’s disease. If proper medication and precaution is not taken to reduce the inflammation, it can lead to inflammation of the sac-like covering of the heart and the muscle around it. This can cause serious cardiovascular damage that might be life-threatening. Inflammation that is not controlled can also lead to excess fluid around the lungs which can make breathing difficult. The yellow colored Indian spice turmeric is very beneficial for controlling inflammation because it helps in reducing production of NF-kappa B, a protein that regulates the immune system and triggers the process of inflammation. Ginger, a root that is of the turmeric family, also has vast anti-inflammatory properties and is also proven to be more effective than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You can reap the benefits of these spices by simply adding it to your everyday dishes.
Becoming an advocate of the raw diet is beneficial for people with all kinds of conditions, right from diabetes to still’s disease. Eating raw food doesn’t mean eating raw meat and eggs but simply adding uncooked fruits and vegetables into your staple diet. Inculcating a raw diet starts with discarding any kind of processed foods and foods that need to be cooked from your refrigerator and cabinets. Invest in a high end blender that can juice raw vegetables and fruits properly. Another piece of equipment that is handy in a raw diet is a food dehydrator. This machine can help you produce a range of vegetable crisps and chips without the unhealthiness of deep-frying. Invest time and money in going to organic markets and picking out fresh produce that is free of chemicals and pesticides and stock up the refrigerator with these. Contrary to what most people think, a raw diet can have a lot of variety because there are several kinds of smoothies, crisps and salads that you can try out.
Being active is an essential lifestyle incorporation for patients with still’s disease. Being on the move keeps the joints well lubricated because of the constant motion of the body. Engaging in intense cardio workouts might not be feasible but being on the move can be done by taking care of things around the house itself. Vacuuming and doing chores around the house is good enough to keep your joints in motion. Doing the dishes can provide a lot of relief to the hands and wrists because the warm water helps ease inflammation and the act itself keeps the hands moving. Involving the family in activities can make them more fun and engaging.
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