Fibromyalgia is a chronic conditions whose sufferers can present with symptoms like body and muscle aches/pains, fatigue, inflammation and hormonal imbalances. While there are prescription medications that can help treat this condition, a holistic approach which incorporates medication, stress management, exercise and diet is best. Below are some foods to consider incorporating into your diet if you are trying to treat your fibromyalgia with this holistic approach.
Avocado is one of the best superfoods you can add to your diet if you are trying to manage your fibromyalgia. It is rich in vitamins B, C, E and K and is also a great source of vitamins like manganese, copper, iron and zinc as well as dietary fiber. Since poor digestion and nutrient deficiencies can be part of the problem when you have fibromyalgia, nutrient- and fiber-rich foods like this will help you a great deal.
There is a reason why chia seeds have become so popular recently — they are incredibly rich nutritionally and provide your body with protein, fiber, minerals like calcium and manganese and also Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for fibromyalgia sufferers in particular, as they are a potent anti-inflammatory that can tamp down the inflammation process which is the root cause of much fibromyalgia pain and malaise.
While sugar can negatively impact an inflammatory process like fibromyalgia, berries are a sweet but low-sugar option for your diet and will bring you a wealth of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, though, they are also a powerhouse when it comes to antioxidants. An antioxidant-rich diet is important for fibromyalgia patients because they help reduce oxidative damage throughout the body and also have anti-inflammatory effects.
Greens like kale, lettuce, spinach, or chard and herbs like parsley and cilantro are also a great addition to a diet that will help treat fibromyalgia. They are rich in phytonutrients like beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant) and chlorophyll as well as dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins to help treat nutrient deficiencies and improve the digestion as well as the immune system. They can also help to address hormonal imbalances that can often be a part of the
fibromyalgia disease process.
Foods like this can work wonders for you if incorporated into a holistic way of treating your fibromyalgia. The fiber will help improve your digestion and the nutrient-rich foods can help to address any nutritional deficiencies you might have as a result of your condition. Also, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of many of these foods can get directly to the heart of the inflammation and oxidative damage that can cause so many problems when you have this chronic condition and make day-to-day living much easier. When combined with appropriate medications, physical activity and stress management, a diet which includes these foods can greatly improve your quality of life.
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