A Natural Approach to Fibromyalgia
A Natural Approach to Fibromyalgia
Coping, managing, and treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be quite a challenge, especially because many of these symptoms can be vague, constantly changing, and don’t fit neatly into a diagnostic box. From muscle soreness, headaches, and full body fatigue, to gastrointestinal upset, mood swings, and problems with memory and sleep can be a part of other conditions, sometimes making diagnosis difficult. Fibromyalgia affects 2% of Canadians – more than half a million – primarily affecting women aged 20–50. 80–90% of those diagnosed are women. In addition, the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, and in many instances, it is diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Foods and Lifestyle Parameters to Support Pain and Fatigue
Regular moderate exercise, as gentle as walking or swimming, can help improve blood and oxygenation to the tissues and also relieve stress. One study showed a greater fitness level was associated with less severe symptoms in women.
Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and B vitamins are also important in supporting the energy levels in our cells. Healthy oils, including coconut oil, as well as natural anti-inflammatory foods such as wild fish, turmeric, and ginger are some of the foods to keep in your diet to maintain a healthy foundation, and to help fight inflammation.
Fighting Muscle Fatigue
It often requires multiple angles to tackle the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. One such symptom, experienced by most, is muscle soreness and fatigue. Muscles require certain nutrients to stay healthy and function well, and magnesium is one of the most important. Researchers have found that people with fibromyalgia are commonly deficient in magnesium. Therefore, it is not surprising that the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are quite similar to some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including insomnia, fatigue, irritability, headaches, muscle spasms and cramps, poor memory, confusion, and nervousness.
Energizing Our Cells
It has also been shown that people with fibromyalgia have decreased levels of oxygen in their muscles, which can cause muscle breakdown, pain, and poor cellular stamina. Another nutrient – malic acid – has been shown to improve oxygenation in the muscle cells and improve cellular stamina and endurance. Malic acid is naturally found in tart fruit such as Granny Smith apples, cranberries, and certain grapes.
Dynamic Duo of Magnesium and Malic Acid
Together, magnesium and malic acid have been shown to reduce pain and tenderness, and they both also have been shown to detoxify aluminum, which when at toxic level, has been thought to play a role in fibromyalgia. Together, they support over 300 biological functions in the body and play a key role in energy metabolism, tissue formation, and electrolyte balance. It is no wonder these two can also be used to support symptoms of chronic fatigue and mood imbalances as well.
FibroSense from WomenSenseTM is a natural health product that blends the essential nutrients magnesium and malic acid to maintain proper muscle function. With diet and lifestyle changes as well as focusing on remedying nutrient deficiencies, you can make strides in the improvement of muscle pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia.
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