Fibromyalgia and the Magic Diet

 By: Hailey Harris
You have been to countless doctor appointments seeking help for fibromyalgia relief. They have offered you countless medications to help with some of your symptoms. You may suffer from these medications side effects. But did you know you can find relief from the pain, fatigue, brain fog, depression and other symptoms of fibromyalgia? Yes, through your diet. You may wonder if there is really a diet that works for fibromyalgia. Does this sound familiar?

Doctor's are having a hard time diagnosing you and treating your symptoms. You may feel crazy, like no one understands how you are feeling and what you are going through. Doctor's may not know how to treat you, but there is help. You are not crazy! There's a secret out there in the medical community that can help your Fibromyalgia symptoms get better. Many studies have been done to show that changing your diet can help you alleviate the severity of your symptoms.

A magic diet? No, there is no such thing. But there are some things that research is validating when it comes to your diet and fibromyalgia. Listen to your body. Everyone's metabolism is unique and so is everyone's diet. There are some dietary changes that you can make to help aid your body in healing and feeling better. Get rid of the white processed foods that are packed with refined sugars. Also, cut down on fatty foods. Eat more fruits and veggies. Does this sound familiar? Isn't what our parents have been telling us for years? Well, the hard part is following through on these suggestions. Fruits and veggies can have amazing benefits for Fibromyalgia sufferers. Fruits and veggies are good sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and other good nutrients. Eating these has many advantages.

Take the carrot, for instance. It is packed with Beta-carotene which is an antioxidant full of nutritional benefit. Beta Carotene can also be found in apricots, broccoli, kale, spinach, and squash. Another great antioxidant is Vitamin C. We know where some of the major sources of Vitamin C are found: tangerines, oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, etc. But did you know that there is a whole bunch of Vitamin C hanging out in green stuff as well? You can get these from green sources such as broccoli, green leafy veggies, green peppers, kiwi, and more. These antioxidants are essential to your good health and fight against fibromyalgia.

Most people eat less than half of the amount of fruits and veggies they should in a day. Getting at least 5-9 servings each day is recommended in the Food Guide Pyramid. I think we should tend to lean on the 9 a day. I know this sounds like a lot but the benefits are so worth it. Try and eat fresh fruit and vegetables and only go to canned or frozen in off-seasons or when there isn't fresh available.

More helpful diet tips to help fibromyalgia sufferers include; drink more water. Help your body flush the toxins out and to eliminate waste. This can drastically help your intestinal problems that you may be experiencing with your fibromyalgia. More protein and less carbs help just about every body type whether you have fibromyalgia or not. It helps fight the fatigue as well. Stay away from caffeine. Caffeine can make your bad gut worse and make your symptoms of IBS and fibromyalgia worse.

Like I said earlier, there isn't a magic diet that is going to cure you overnight but with some discipline and attention to your diet you can succeed in ridding yourself of the pain and fatigue associated with this terrible condition. You can feel better and completely eliminate fibromyalgia symptoms, there is hope. You can lead an energetic joyful life full of the activities and experiences you once did.


Copyright (c) 2007 Hailey Harris
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