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  • Alyssa Abrahamson

3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was First Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

Do you ever look back on a pivotal event and think, I wish I had known…

It’s been over two decades since I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I was prescribed heavy medication with no mention of other ways to manage the disease. Back then, it didn’t occur to me that nutrition, lifestyle, or even mindset, could impact your health. I was unaware of a “holistic” approach to health and wellness.

As I reflect upon my RA journey, I’d like to share 3 things I wish I had known when I was first diagnosed.

I wish I had known how severely stress impairs health.

Chronic stress disrupts every system in your body – it suppresses your immune system, inhibits digestion, upsets the reproductive system, increases inflammation and the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speeds up the aging process.

It would have been so helpful if I had been aware of the autonomic nervous system and taught skills to help manage my stress.

For information about this read, "Why You Need to Stimulate the Vagus Nerve"

I wish I had known about gut health.

The gut plays a central role in the health of both your immune and nervous system and affects the way your brain operates. It impacts digestion, inflammation, skin, sleep, and your mental and emotional health, including depression and anxiety.

For more, read or listen to “What is Gut Health? Do You Have Leaky Gut?!”

I wish I had been aware of holistic healing and wellness.

A holistic approach to wellness recognizes that your nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset are integral to good health.

Yes, medication can be helpful and necessary but it doesn’t address the root cause or underlying issues.

I’ve devoted the past 8 years to learning how to heal holistically. There's so much to learn and do to take care of your health, and I understand it can feel overwhelming.

That’s why my commitment, as a Nutritional Therapist & Holistic Wellness Coach, is to make your journey easier. I’ve been through it and I can help you.

Getting healthy can start now with just a phone call. Click here to schedule a call with me.

Love, Your Wellness Coach,


P.S. Listen to Episode 58 of my podcast, Positively Anti-Inflammatory, “3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was First Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis”

February 2, 2022


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