Weight Gain And Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition creating pain throughout the body. People who have fibromyalgia suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, muscles stiffness, joint pain, and tenderness. Living with chronic pain can cause several problems and one of them is weight gain.
Most people who workout can tell you afterwards they have sore achy muscles in the areas they chose to focus on during that particular workout. The next day when they work out it is recommended that they focus on a different muscle group while the other has time to heal. For people who have fibromyalgia they hurt before they ever begin. The muscles are aching and tender without having done a single rep of any exercise. It is for this reason they tend to shy away from exercise, not out of laziness, but for fear it will make their symptoms worse. Lack of exercise results in weight gain and weight gain causes worsening of symptoms. Weight gain is bothersome for several reasons. It can cause depression, increase pain in the joints, low self image, and diabetes and have many other negative effects on the body. Prevention of these problems is precisely why people with fibromyalgia can’t afford to give up on exercise.
So what kind of exercise is appropriate? Anything that is low impact and done is small doses is perfectly acceptable. Some of the most popular amongst people with fibromyalgia are Tai Chi, Yoga, and swimming. Stretching meditative exercises like yoga have many benefits. They not only help the body’s circulation but they help improve mental clarity and reduce stress. Taking time to clear your mind is a very healthy practice to improve moods and reduce irritability.
Improving your diet is just as much about controlling painful symptoms as it is about obtaining a healthy weight. For people with fibromyalgia there are often breakdowns in the metabolic system. We could all use better metabolism but when suffering from FMS this is vital to a person’s comfort and well being. You can start out by making simple changes to your everyday eating habits. Incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid citrus fruits as their acid content can be harmful and aggravate symptoms. Avoid foods that are treated with hormones and pesticides. Hormones given to animals can be passed to humans after consumption and cause hormonal imbalances to the human body. Pesticides breakdown nerve structures and healthy nerve structures are key to being pain free. Choose free range meats and organic fresh fruits and veggies. Eliminate sugar and starchy foods. Starchy foods and simple carbohydrates breakdown into sugar in the body and should be avoided because they harm the nervous system. The nerves become over reactive as a result of high sugar content in the body leaving the person feeling exhausted. People with FMS need to reach for healthy energizing foods that will not over exert the adrenal system.
Foods to include for healthy energy are those that contain the vitamins needed for the body to produce natural energy. Vitamin B-12 promotes natural energy production within the body. Good food sources of B-12 would be meat, poultry, and shellfish. These foods are also high in protein and keep glucose levels down. Keeping glucose levels down in the body is very important for healthy mental alertness. Vitamin B-12 also helps nerve structures to regenerate and protect themselves which reduces pain and inflammation. People who have fibromyalgia need to reach for foods that contain antioxidants to promote healthy cell structures and prevent further damage from free radical activity. Blueberries and raspberries are both excellent sources of antioxidants and are also very low in calories. Dairy products should be avoided with fibromyalgia due to the lactic acid. You can choose dairy alternatives like almond or coconut milk which are also low in calories and have high amounts of calcium for healthy bones. A healthy way to start the day is with a smoothie. You can make a low calorie smoothie by mixing berries, bananas and either of these types of milks together. It will be packed full of nutrients to help fight inflammation and fatigue.
There is great focus on the use of herbs to help fight the pain and fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia. If you are able to control these symptoms it will be much easier to follow a regular exercise program. A popular herb that has been successfully used to fight fatigue is ginseng. You can take this in an herbal supplement or drink in a tea. Ginseng is a stimulating herb both mentally and physically. It aids in focus and has great detoxifying abilities helping the body eliminate toxins that threaten the tissues. Green tea is an herb you will want to add to your daily regimen. If you don’t like the flavor it can also be found in supplement form. Drinking a cup of green tea everyday can help metabolism and keep weight down but it also contains high amounts of antioxidants. By taking these herbs to speed up metabolism and making healthy diet changes, people with FMS can achieve a level of comfort that will allow them to take part in low impact exercise so they can prevent weight gain.