The following is for anyone with Fibromyalgia who want to know what foods can aid with pain and inflammation. While Rheumatologists do not believe that FM is related to inflammation, a new study proves that FM patients have altered immune status. The foods below are healthy for anyone, although not all are available in the US.
1) Fish oils. There are numerous theories as to what actually causes fibromyalgia, but it is generally recognized that the poorly understood condition often results in what appears to be systemic inflammation for many of the people that suffer from it. Because of this, it is important that fibromyalgia sufferers stick primarily to an anti-inflammatory diet that includes plenty of fish oils.
Since one of the marked characteristics of fibromyalgia is intense muscle and joint pain, supplementing with high-grade salmon oil, skate liver oil, or a fermented cod liver and butter oil blend, for instance, can provide amazing relief for fibromyalgia sufferers, as these oils help lubricate the muscular system and fortify the body with necessary omega-3 fatty acids, which feed the brain and quell inflammation.
Fibromyalgia is also marked by neurological damage in the brain, particularly as it involves the normal production of brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin. By regularly supplementing with therapeutic doses of high-grade fish oils, fibromyalgia sufferers may be able to help restore proper neural function and balance out their central nervous systems’ response to pain and other sensations. (http://www.doctoroz.com)
2) Turmeric. Another powerful anti-inflammatory food with amazing pain-relieving properties is turmeric, an ancient spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine. As it turns out, turmeric works better than many pain killer drugs at relieving joint pain, stiffness, arthritis, muscle spasms, and many other debilitating pain symptoms commonly associated with fibromyalgia.
A natural painkiller and COX-2 inhibitor, turmeric has been shown in a number of studies to be a safe and effective remedy for treating both arthritis and fibromyalgia symptoms. This is due to its ability not only to halt inflammation, but also to suppress nerve-related pain. From both a neurological and inflammatory standpoint, in other words, turmeric is a powerful weapon in the fight against fibromyalgia. (http://www.peoplespharmacy.com)
3) Fermented foods and beverages. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and various other forms of gastrointestinal upset often go hand in hand with fibromyalgia, which is why it is vitally important for individuals with the disease to actively work towards restoring floral balance in the gut. One of the best ways to do this is to consume plenty of fermented foods like raw sauerkraut and kombucha tea, both of which have helped many fibromyalgia sufferers to avoid the headaches, brain fog, and systemic pain they would otherwise face.
Kefir, which can be made from either dairy or water, is another fermented food that can greatly relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, particularly when taken in conjunction with other probiotic-forming, fermented foods like kombucha tea and kimchi. (http://julieloewy.com)
4) Juiced marijuana leaf. From a neurological perspective, fibromyalgia can also come about as a result of neurotransmitters throughout the central nervous system failing to properly communicate, which in turn can lead to the over-sensation of pain throughout the body that is characteristic of fibromyalgia. This is where juiced marijuana leaf comes in. Rich in neural-repairing cannabinoids, juiced marijuana leaf can help complete the positive feedback loop in the brain that, when obstructed or damaged, causes chronic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and various other problems often associated with fibromyalgia.
In its raw form, marijuana and marijuana juice is not psychoactive, which means it can be used safely and effectively without getting a person “high.” Marijuana is also far more medically potent in its raw form then when it is heated or smoked, possessing up to 60 times more therapeutic content per volume. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035759_cannabis_juicing_health.html)
5) Avoid wheat gluten. Eliminating wheat and other gluten-containing foods from the diet has helped many people with fibromyalgia all but eliminate their condition and its corresponding symptoms. Most modern wheat varieties contain high levels of complex gluten compounds that greatly upset the digestive tract, which is where many inflammatory and neurological conditions like fibromyalgia are thought to begin.
Eliminating gluten from your diet, along with refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and other unnatural compounds, can go a long way in alleviating fibromyalgia. Other common food allergens like soy and corn are also worth eliminating from the diet as well as these ingredients, particularly when derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), can trigger an inflammatory response in individuals with fibromyalgia. (http://www.foodsforfibromyalgia.com)
6) Red wine. Red wine raises GABA levels, which plays role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. In humans, GABA is also directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone. FM patients have altered level of GABA, thought to partly cause the intense muscle pain. Raising GABA levels via a glass of red wine at night has shown to decrease pain in the evening.
7) FLEXERIL. The best stuff on earth. I cant sleep without it, or I go into muscle spasms at night and twitch. Horrible pain, no sleep.
And new research continues to open up windows into this complex condition. New studies on immune system dysfunction, lactic acid/hypoxia and neurovascular abnormalities have been published this year. One of the most interesting is a study finding that women with fibromyalgia have a unique neurovascular structure in their skin that could be linked to the chronic pain that is symptomatic of the disease, according to researchers at Integrated Tissue Dynamics and Albany Medical College. Intidyn’s president, Dr. Frank Rice, said the pain pathology involves increased numbers of sensory nerve fibers around blood vessels in the hands. Hopefully scientists will continue to fight for us, and not shrug their shoulders as so many practitioners do. We are the step-children of the medical community. I just hope to live to the day when the underlying disorder is able to be treated effectively.
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