A fibromyalgia friend asked me recently if I felt that having a healthy diet with less preservatives and eliminating processed foods would be helpful. She also asked if I felt that “ones attitude or outlook on life” would be important in managing fibromyalgia And she asked, “Do you think that exercise is a way to manage fibromyalgia? My answer to her was and is – absolutely! Today I wish to share a little about nutrition.
As a Chiropractic physicianand professor of nutrition, I am asked frequently to comment of the relationship of nutrition, herbs, supplements, etc. to the treatment and management of fibromyalgia syndrome.
Renowned nutritional expert, Dr. Bruce West wrote “As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us get our whole grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereal. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. Americans are overfed and undernourished.
The foods we eat are not providing our bodies with the nutrition it needs to survive and be healthy. We are starving our bodies and we are sick. We suffer from diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, and the list goes on and on.”
For those who suffer the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia, the typical American diet plays a key role in contributing to its strength and duration. I personally believe that many of the flare ups that fibromyalgia sufferers have is due to, in part, the foods that that eat.
Dr. West continues “Given proper nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If properly fed and given the right nutrients, the human body is designed to repair itself. To do so, we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet, all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended, in a whole food form.”
Chiropractors and the chiropractic profession have long taught the value of quality nutrition; even before it was considered the right thing to do. Learning the value of eating “healthier” goes a long way towards minimizing your fibromyalgia symptoms. Do you eat too many processed and preservative enriched foods? There’s a good place to begin. By eliminating or even minimizing these “foods” you will start to notice a change for the better in your health.
Here in my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic office I also counsel my patients to choose whole food supplements from Standard Process Labs when the need for supplementation is recommended. Now I know that there are many quality whole food supplements on the market but Standard Process is the granddaddy of them all. I have toured their facility and can attest to their superior quality and reliability. Whole food nutritional support is an important step in cellular repair and healing of the body.
Will eating healthier and supplementing with whole food nutrition help me with my fibromyalgia? I believe that it very well could. You and I know that there are no guarantees when it comes to fibromyalgia but I have seen many lives improve , including mine, with this important first step.
If you are wondering what supplements you should take for fibromyalgia, there are a few basics that I recommend; yet that is an article for the near future!
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