Self-motivation is a beautiful thing in that those who possess this quality or characteristic have the power to take their health and move it in a positive direction. Living a healthy lifestyle is not easy when there are so many unhealthy things standing in our way of living and eating like we should. While we do know that eating a balanced diet of the right kind of whole foods helps with the body’s ability to function better, it is especially important for people who suffer with fibromyalgia to have a well-balanced diet.
Patients with fibromyalgia should consume more raw fruits and vegetables than people who don’t have fibromyalgia because of these food items contain crucial enzymes that help aid in the digestion process. Raw fruits and vegetables are also loaded with antioxidants that help boost a person’s immune system. Researchers have found that Vitamin K helps calcium deposit into the bones which makes the bones denser. Vitamin K can be found in the following food items:
~Dark Leafy Greens
Some people who suffer with fibromyalgia have food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods or specific food groups causing the body’s response to inflammation to be different than those individuals who aren’t affected the same way. Foods or food groups that can cause some sensitivities or even allergies to people with fibromyalgia can include:
Foods To Avoid
Research has also shown that there are some food groups that should be avoided in order to better improve your symptoms, pain and overall life while living with fibromyalgia. These groups are listed as the following:
~Carbohydrates: Sugar and High Fructose
Aspartame is known to aggravate already painful symptoms. There are other artificial sweeteners that don’t seem to have the same affect that aspartame does. MSG and other food additives can cause pain to intensify, so these items should be avoided.
While there is no hard evidence that eliminating simple carbohydrates, yeast or gluten from a person’s diet will have a huge impact on a the condition of fibromyalgia, it has been proven to reduce some related pain and fatigue for those that that suffer with fibromyalgia. It can also help reduce symptoms of chronic yeast infections.
Caffeine tends to provide fast energy to someone who needs a pick me up, but it is not true energy that will last for any long length of time. In fact once the caffeine wears out, it can then leave the person feeling more fatigued than before. Something a patient with fibromyalgia should avoid due to their already existing fatigue symptom.
Nightshade plants are nutritious plants that are known to possibly trigger fibromyalgia symptoms as well as various types of arthritis. Some types of nightshade plants can include:
If you suffer with fibromyalgia and find that you have some food sensitivities or allergies, you should keep a journal containing the food that you have consumed and note whether or not you have had any reactions to that particular food. By doing this, you can discover that certain foods or food groups can trigger pain or allergies. If you make any discoveries, you can eliminate those certain foods and hopefully experience fewer symptoms and less pain.
Getting Fit For The Sake Of Fibromyalgia
While exercising with fibromyalgia can be slow going and seem daunting, it really can be the best thing for healing. Exercise can have very positive effects on even healthy people’s lives, but fibromyalgia suffers can see a vast difference very quickly. There are several different exercise methods that fibromyalgia sufferers can get involved with, however here are the three most popular exercise regimes:
Exercise Option #1 Strength training
Strength training is typically added to an existing exercise program. Fibromyalgia sufferers should use really light weights and be very careful because using too much weight or performing improper movements can cause injury or additional soreness.
Exercise Options #2 Walking
Walking is a safe and healthy treatment option. The key is to start slow walking five to ten minutes and add more time each week.
Exercise Option #3 Swimming
Swimming is a fun and low impact exercise that can have a great impact on the joints.
The common theme is starting slow. Five minutes is a good start for fibromyalgia sufferers. It is important to remember that some pain is expected, but sharp pain or exhaustion means that they are doing too much or exercising for too long. Fibromyalgia sufferers should seek medical advice before beginning any exercise regimen because doctors are able to suggest the best plan for each individual patient.