In America, there are over 10 million people that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This disease is a daily hurdle for its victims, with symptoms that include physical pain, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and digestive disorders.
If you’re apart of the population suffering from fibromyalgia, than you’re more than familiar with the symptoms, and the obstacles it presents. I believe that nature has provided us with the remedies necessary to ease your pain and relieve your daily symptoms.
Dean Raffelock, a clinical nutritionist in Boulder, Colorado shares a similar outlook that while fibromyalgia does not have a cure, making adjustments to your diet can drastically alter the effects you feel from the disease.
Adding certain foods and eliminating others can be the difference between a good and bad day.
With that in mind, I’d like to share some healing foods for fibromyalgia pain.
Foods that contain antioxidants are also natural anti-inflammatories. In some cases, antioxidant rich fruit has been known to decrease inflammation by 18-25 percent. Dark greens are extremely high in antioxidants, as well as beets, walnuts, and green tea, to name a few.
2. Vitamin D
In some cases, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to triggering fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact, 90% of people with fibromyalgia also have a vitamin D deficiency, which is a startlingly high number!
When you have a vitamin D deficiency, your immune system isn’t as reactive as it should be, so when it is faced with the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia, it isn’t equipped to protect your body. I would recommend having 5000 units of vitamin D a day, which is easily attainable through vitamin D supplements.
Fibromyalgia can make sleeping very difficult at times and lack of sleep depletes your magnesium level drastically. Magnesium’s primary role in your body is to ensure that your enzymes are functioning properly. Enzymes allow your body to digest and absorb the nutrients from your food.
Some of the best sources of magnesium are, pumpkin seeds, avocado, bananas, and guess what… dark chocolate!
If you are low on magnesium, chances are your enzymes will not be able to get the most out of your food. Eating healthy is great, but your body must be equipped to absorb the nutrients properly.
4. Omega-3 fatty acids
Foods such as salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the pain of fibromyalgia symptoms. Most effectively it can ease the pain in your digestive tract, and joints as well as help those of you dealing with depression.
Common Trigger foods
The more toxic, preserved food you ingest, the more enzymes and antioxidants you’ll need to flush out your system, so rather than doing damage control, instead prevent your symptoms to the best of your ability.
• Simple carbohydrates
• Artificial sweeteners
Perhaps one of the most daunting aspects about this disease is that there is no known cure.
This leaves you in an overwhelming position. When I was diagnosed with my incurable illness, I turned to the medicine and relief that nature can provide. I found that by altering my diet, I not only reduced my symptoms exponentially, I also became a healthy and active individual!
My last tip for you would be to keep a diary! I know this sounds odd but by keeping a diary you can track the foods you’re eating and how you feel. This way you can see which foods affect you the most (for the better and worst).
Everybody is different so it’s important that you do your own research and dietary experiments until you find the perfect diet for you.
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