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can I build my immune system with RA?

December 1, 2020
Asked by: Claire
I have an immune deficiency from my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm looking for treatment or something to build up my immune system because I'm starting to get sick. I'm taking a DMARD but want to do more. Thanks for your help.

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February 4, 2021

You definitely can build up your immune system! Your case is more complex and should be something that you work 1-on-1 with a healthcare provider, such as a Naturopathic doctor. Since you are taking medications, it is crucial that you work with a licensed practitioner to be sure that any treatments you do are safe since drug interactions with natural therapies do exist.

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Nicole Tille
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February 4, 2021

In your case it will be important to focus on interventions that support the immune, and autoimmune aspect of things without overtly activating the immune system. This is specific but absolutely can be done! In all cases the first step is starting with the important fundamentals of a healthy diet and exercise. A great way of supporting your immune system, which can also be helpful for RA, is with something I like to call magic socks! Check it out on my Youtube channel if you want to try!

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Tiffany Dzugan
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February 4, 2021

Great question. RA is one of my passion projects as a Naturopathic Doctor since my grandfather also had RA. When you are on a DMARD there are a lot of natural methods that we can use to balance your immune system so that you don't get sick as often while making sure the DMARD is still effective. This can be done through supplements (i.e. vitamin D) or through dietary/lifestyle changes (i.e. paleo). Always consult someone from your health team (ie. ND, MD) before you make any health changes

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Meaghan Datema
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