March 7, 2014 in Tips of the Week
Dealing with Fibromyalgia through Diet
For those suffering with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, the fatigue, anxiety and digestive symptoms can only make the pain and stiffness in the muscles worse. One of the primary triggers of tissue inflammation is what you put into your body on a daily basis, from the foods you eat to the beverages you drink, your dietary habits may be exacerbating your Fibromyalgia symptoms. One of the main things to remember is that tissue inflammation is only made worse by the acids contained within many of the foods we eat, in order to avoid inflammation acidic foods should be avoided in favour of foods that yield an alkaline surplus. We have come up with some helpful tips to begin managing your Fibromyalgia symptoms with your diet. Continue reading for our list!
1. Avoid Processed Foods
The high amounts of salt and fat that are often contained within processed foods only serve to promote in inflammation of the muscle tissues. One of the easiest ways to manage tissue inflammation is to be good to your body by making sure it has all the necessary nutrients to properly function. Diets high in processed foods provide nowhere near adequate amounts of nutrients, resulting in a consequent spark in your fibromyalgia symptoms.
Although you may assume that milk and other dairy products are good wholesome products, many dairy products contain high amountsof fat. In addition to the issue of fat content, the body often finds it difficult to assimilate the large amounts of calcium contained within dairy products. The calcium that is not properly used by the body becomes surplus and can actually contribute to inflammation and a decrease in muscle mobility.
3. Load up on Vitamin D
A diet rich in Vitamin D is essential with respect to managing Fibromyalgia symptoms. The symptoms commonly associated with a deficiency in vitamin D very closely resemble those associated with Fibromyalgia. In order to avoid exacerbating the bone and musclepain associated with your Fibromyalgia, try adding to your diet foods that are rich in Vitamin D. Try to avoid the seemingly easy solution of taking a Vitamin D supplement, as our bodies are better able to process these vitamins in their natural food-based form.
Canadian Women’s Health Network – Fibromyalgia
The Arthritis Society – Fibromyalgia
Canadian Pain Society – Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia
I am always amazed at the lengths women take to be beautiful and prevent aging. The most common way to beautify ourselves is through the use of cosmetics. There is a large range of cosmetics to choose from: lipstick, eye shadow, creams, powder and so on. More sophisticated methods to enhance facial features include plastic surgeries and injections of Botox.
What a lot of women do not realize is that these procedures and enhancements are actually killing our own skin. America’s Environmental Working Group (EWG) has compiled a database of skin care products and cosmetics with ingredient safety ratings and health information about the product. They aim to use this sort of information to protect consumers’ health and to battle the government’s neglect in properly reviewing the safety of products before they are sold. They have labeled products branded by Neutrogena, Pantene and Chanel as highly toxic. Yet how many of us consider whether a beauty product is toxic or not before we purchase it?
Our skin is never just a covering of our internal organs and blood vessels. It is an organ of its own. Our sweat glands in our skin are very actively excreting toxins and excess minerals from the body like ammonia and urea. When we eat junk food, there is more waste to be excreted from our body and hence we smell worse. A lot of us use deodorants to prevent the foul odour of sweat, however deodorants close our pores, which causes the body to not be able to eliminate toxins.
Drugs can be absorbed through the skin; hence we have topical medication that is applied to body surfaces in the forms of creams, gels, lotions or ointments. Even when we put on sunscreen, it penetrates into the skin and is absorbed. This is the reason why we need to always be aware of what ingredients are in the cosmetics we use. There are thousands of synthetic chemicals in them that could be carcinogenic. For example, ethylene oxide is found in fragrances and shampoos, it is classified as a known human carcinogen.
Think before you put anything on your skin. Beauty should come naturally with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Make sure to take in plenty of water each day as it flushes away the toxins and gives your skin a natural glow. Get plenty of fresh air, regularly exercise and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Moreover, beauty is never simply skin deep, having a beautiful personality is even more attractive. Be happy with who you are and eliminate negative thoughts from your mind. Shout positive thoughts to yourself instead: “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!”
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