Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a complex health condition. While doctors and researchers are learning more about it and taking it more seriously, there’s a lot we still don’t know. Millions of people (including a staggering 3.4% of adult women) struggle with fibromyalgia, a pain disorder once dismissed as a made-up problem.
The good news is doctors now treat fibromyalgia and recognize it as a real health condition. While you may not be able to completely “cure” FMS, there are many things you can do to reduce or even alleviate some of the symptoms. This includes nutrition, exercise, mindset, and other lifestyle adjustments.
Because you have good days and bad days with fibromyalgia, start each morning assessing how you feel. If you didn't sleep well the night before, plan your day accordingly and arrange to do less. If you feel well rested and your pain is tolerable, do more -- but remember that moderation is key. Always be flexible. You never know when you'll have a flare, so listen to your body and take breaks when you need them. If you have fibromyalgia, you've probably wondered if there are ways to modify your diet to improve symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain.
Research hasn't shown that there are specific foods that all fibromyalgia patients should avoid or add to their diets, however it may still be worthwhile to take a closer look at how foods impact the way you feel.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2006 and have found that managing the daily symptoms can be a challenge. There are many highs and lows. I’ve paid closer attention to the role my diet plays in my pain management and wanted to share the following tips on how I have tweaked my diet to support my overall health and wellness and the role EarthWater has played in minimizing my pain.
Pay attention to how food makes you feel.
A lot of people with fibromyalgia have sensitivities to particular foods, but it varies from person to person. A good way to start identifying the foods that may aggravate your symptoms is keeping a daily food journal.
Try eliminating certain foods
If you experience any irritable bowel symptoms, stop eating the food you suspect you may be sensitive to for six to eight weeks. Then add it back into your diet and see how you feel
It makes sense for people with fibromyalgia -- just like everyone else -- to try to eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
A well-balanced diet can give you more energy to stay physically active and can potentially improve your overall health.
Buy vegetables that are pre-washed and cut up. If you have a health food store nearby, go to the deli section and buy small portions of pre-prepared foods like beet salad or quinoa to vary your diet.
By drinking one bottle a day of EarthWater, I am giving my body the 70+ trace minerals it needs and have found that my pain level and exhaustion is not as intensified. I also stay hydrated longer and it has also helped my acid reflux tremendously.
Use Food to help Fight Fatigue
Choosing the right foods may help you keep your energy level more consistent and prevent fatigue.
Make sure you eat breakfast, which should include some protein and whole grains and you can try eating a boiled egg and some oatmeal. This will help prevent your blood sugar from spiking and will give you the right kind of energy to get you going through the morning, even if your body is aching and you're feeling tired.
Focus on your overall well being
As you make changes to your diet, keep in mind that people with fibromyalgia tend to benefit most from taking a variety of approaches to managing their symptoms.
Along with leading a healthy lifestyle (including a nutritious diet) and adding EarthWater to your daily regimen there are many other therapies worth exploring.
Look into trying things like yoga, massage, and deep-breathing exercises. . Each individual with fibromyalgia have different symptoms and will need different solutions to get the best possible quality of life.
Author: Kim Francis