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We’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat”, but have you ever stopped to think how true that is? Eating a healthy diet gives your body energy and boosts immunity, even without a medical condition. In this guest post, food blogger, Kristin recommends some foods to eat that can help you deal with fibromyalgia pain and fatigue.
Foods You Need To Help Deal With Fibromyalgia
Guest Post by Kristin Ryals
Fibromyalgia, in its early stages, can come like just an ordinary fatigue and musculoskeletal pain. As it progresses, it can pose as a hindrance in your daily activity. In worse cases, it can prevent you from functioning at all and force you to spend time resting in bed.
This can be a problem as it can hamper your ability to work and provide for yourself or your family. It gets more frustrating because the primary cause is unknown as of the moment. This means that there is no direct treatment to get rid of it.
If you leave it as it is, it gradually progresses and gets worse. The recommended treatment can only address the pain and the medications prescribed can hit the ceiling! The pain can be range from mild to severe. Though the illness itself is not fatal, pain can greatly affect your mood and productivity.
So before getting worse, it is advised to routinely follow an exercise program, adequate rest, and special diet regimen. Some foods are avoided, and some are encouraged to help recuperate from the fatigue and pain.
Food is known to affect how our body functions. Healthy organic food gives top-notch nutrients in general. Even without a medical condition, eating a healthy diet can give the body energy and an immunity boost.
On the other hand, unhealthy food can worsen a health condition. Same goes with bodily dysfunctions. Eating processed, oily, and fatty food can lead to a degenerative disease.
This only goes to show that the functions of the body and the immune system are affected by our food intake. These are just some evidence that what we consume can define how healthy we can be.
Eating Foods To Combat Fatigue
Organic food, unadulterated by synthetic pesticides and fertilizer, is a good way to start. They do not contain harmful chemicals that can destroy the body to the cellular level.
Fruits and Vegetables
Unless you have blood sugar problems, fruits and vegetables grown organically are rich in vitamins and minerals that can help boost your immune system. Vegetables are rich in fiber and phytochemicals anti-inflammatory properties can help you deal with inflammation and lessen pain.
Blueberry is rich in anti-oxidant and flavonoids which can help address inflammation, pain, and give your immune system a kick. Dark colored berries, in general, have this property so you may want to take them in great amounts.
Pineapple and some other tropical fruits share the same properties with blueberries. You may want to cut back on them only if you have an existing blood sugar anomaly. In any case, the exercise regimen coupled with a healthy calculated food intake can help you manage your sugar levels.
Though tomatoes are lined up with vegetables in the grocery, they are actually fruits. Tomatoes are rich in phytochemicals and pro-biotics that can help you with your digestion. By digestion, it means that it helps you absorb nutrients from other food maximizing the nutritional value of the other foods you eat.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green and dark green vegetables are your best friend. They are low in calorie and low in sugar too. This means that you can take as much of them as you can. In fact, the more you take, the better! Don’t hesitate on eating large portions of salads.
Pack on those greens and boost your immunity along with fending inflammation and pain. Celery, bok choy, kale, and broccoli are some examples of green veggies that you can eat.
Steer Away From Caffeine
It’s tempting to get a cup of coffee, or two when you feel tired and fatigue hoping that it can pick you up and give you a boost. Yes, this can keep you alert and awake. The problem you face is you extend the agony of feeling the pain.
It keeps you up, but the pain and fatigue may not go away. This can only lead to more frustration. It may be better to lay down for a while and rest rather than extend the hours feeling tired.
You don’t have to suffer from the tiredness and pain brought about by fibromyalgia. Yes, it can lead to disruption of your daily routine and affect your performance. But if it’s already there, you can help yourself by taking the initiative to take matters into your hands.
A healthy diet rich in anti-inflammatory properties can help you lessen, if not rid of the pain. Avoiding stimulants and caffeine can prevent you from prolonging your agony during flare-ups.
Eating healthy, together with enough rest and regular exercise can help you manage fibromyalgia and prevent it from progressing and worsening.
Share this to your friends who are experiencing the same condition! This may also help them manage their case! If you have questions you want to discuss, just leave a comment below. I’ll respond as soon as I can!
My name is Kristin, and I’m a housewife with big love for cooking. When I’m not bringing on the Food Network and attempting to become America’s Next Top Chef, I’m browsing online for unique recipes to awe my friends with. Now I ‘m a founder and main editor for Taste Insight, my blog about nutrition and vegetarian food!