Reining in runaway inflammation is essential for managing arthritis, especially autoimmune, inflammatory varieties such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis. Taking your medications as prescribed is essential, but certain lifestyle changes may lower inflammation, too. For instance, smoking sparks inflammation, says rheumatologist Susan Goodman, MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, so the choice is simple: Don’t. These other inflammation triggers may be less obvious.
A Dirty Mouth
Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to form on your teeth, not only causing cavities and gum disease, but also generating inflammatory chemicals such as prostaglandins and TNF-α. The good ...more