By Dr. Josh Axe.
Fibromyalgia is widespread muscle pain with no specific cause. For a diagnosis to be made, you must have pain in at least 11 of 18 specific trigger points.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that includes long-term, body wide pain in the muscles and connective tissues.
This characteristic pain may be accompanied by fatigue, headaches, and difficulty with sleep, anxiety, and depression. Females in the age group 20 to 50 are the most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia.
Some potential causes include: allergies to chemicals or foods, viruses, hormonal problems, poor digestion, candidiasis, spinal misalignments, stress, or neurotransmitter deficiency.
The best place to start to improve symptoms is to start eating specific anti-inflammatory foods for fibromyalgia with the fibromyalgia diet.
The Fibromyalgia Diet
The fibromyalgia diet consists of eating mostly fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts and organic wild meat. Here are the top foods to heal fibromyalgia.
Green vegetables – These provide essential minerals, such as magnesium, for optimal health and well-being.
Clean lean protein – Helps muscles and tissues maintain energy and proper function.
Fermented foods and cultured dairy – Probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut help prevent candidiasis, a root cause of fibromyalgia.
Omega-3 fats – These healthy omega-3 fats reduce inflammation and can reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia.
Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, E – Fruits, vegetables and herbs are good sources of these potent disease fighters.
Foods to Avoid
Gluten – Can cause autoimmune issues, is pro-inflammatory and can make fibromyalgia worse.
Any potential food allergen – Try to determine what foods you are allergic to and eliminate those from your diet. An elimination diet is a very effective way to determine food intolerances. Common allergens: gluten, shellfish, dairy, and peanuts.
Sugar – Increases pain and inflammation.
Processed foods or foods with additives – These foods contain chemicals that will make your condition worse.
Excess alcohol and caffeine – Can cause mineral deficiencies and dehydration.
Top 5 Natural Fibromyalgia Treatments
Here are the best supplements and natural remedies for fibromyalgia:
#1 Magnesium (500 mg daily)
Fibromyalgia has been linked to a mineral deficiency. It also helps relax the nerves and muscles.
#2 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily)
The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil will help reduce pain.
#3 Vitamin D3 (5,000IU daily)
Vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate autoimmune conditions.
#4 D-Ribose (5g 3x daily)
Helps alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia by improving cellular energy.
#5 Rhodiola and Ashwagandha (500-1000 mg daily)
Adaptogen herbs help improve improve metabolic function and reduce stress.
Changing daily habits can improve fibromyalgia symptoms include reducing stress, exercise, and chiropractic care to reduce muscle tension.
Many people with Fibromyalgia have gone through emotional trauma and counseling can greatly improve recovery. Also, scheduling relaxing activities can increase healing.
Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia
Helichrysum oil has been shown to decrease muscle pain, improve circulation and support healing of nerve tissue which makes it an effective natural treatment for fibromyalgia.
Lavender oil is also excellent to reduce the emotional stress associated with fibromyalgia and making a homemade muscle rub can help reduce pain.