Do you suffer with any of these symptoms?

Muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, brain fog, anxiety, depression – these are some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Research shows that this complex, chronic pain condition has doubled in prevalence over the past decade.

As daunting as Fibromyalgia may be, a good nutritional plan is the first step to feeling better. There is some evidence that symptoms can be reduced if sufferers eliminate foods that they are sensitive to as certain foods are more inflammatory in nature. These include wheat, dairy, sugar, soy, corn, yeast and too much red meat. Caffeine can also affect sleep and exacerbates low adrenal function which is prevalent in people suffering with fibromyalgia. It is possible to identify foods that are creating pain and inflammation In the body by having a food allergy test.

It has also been identified that nutritional deficiencies can be a factor for fibromyalgia creating pain and fatigue – the main nutrients concerned are magnesium, coQ10 and antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, zinc and selenium). Many people also have low levels of Omega 3 healthy fats found in fish oils, flax oil, oily fish, leafy greens, nuts and seeds.

Magnesium Malate

Magnesium malate is ideal for supporting energy and musculoskeletal health. Magnesium is an important mineral that plays a key role in nearly every aspect of our health. While it is found naturally in many foods, people take it in a supplement form to help increase their intake.

There are many different types of magnesium available and for fibromyalgia, it is recommended to take it in the malate form as it has shown to help more effectively with chronic pain.

An excellent brand is Biocare which provides a 30 day supply of Magnesium Malate. Customers at the Natural Health Store are providing great feedback on its effectiveness

Anti-Inflammatory Support

Turmeric has many scientifically proven health benefits and is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Clinical studies have shown a positive effect of reducing pain when turmeric (active ingredient is curcumin) is taken as part of a supplement programme.

Devil’s claw is a traditional herbal remedy taken for muscle and joint pain relief and can be used safely with other pain relieving medicines. A Vogel is a well known and researched brand and available in tablet form.

To summarise, a diet filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, lean protein and essential fats is very important. Caffeine, alcohol and processed foods (usually containing chemicals and preservatives) should be avoided. As stress can aggravate symptoms, lifestyle tips like breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, walking or swimming can be beneficial to help lower stress hormones.

If you are taking any prescribed medication from your doctor, it is important to check with them before starting on any natural supports.

Blog post by Davina Dowling Nutritional Therapist https://davinadowlingnutrition...

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