Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Depression and Diet, and How It Affects Fibromyalgia

Depression and Diet, and How It Affects Fibromyalgia

Depression and Diet, and How It Affects Fibromyalgia
Depression will manifest itself in lots of different areas in your life. When it hits, we're often overwhelmed with emotional symptoms, behavioral symptoms, and physical symptoms. Yea, but what does this have to do with Fibromyalgia? Depression is very common with Fibromyalgia sufferers. Oddly enough, no one really knows why. There are plenty of theories on this subject that have to do with chemical imbalances, genetics, etc... but the important thing to take away is awareness. We may not know why or how depression and fibromyalgia are connected, but looking out for warning signs and being cognizant of its dangers are important. Do you think you suffer from depression?
The symptoms of Depression heavily impact those with Fibromyalgia. Recent studies have shown that individuals suffering from fibromyalgia that are not depressed, are more likely to be physically active, which at the same time helps to reduce pain, flare ups, and fatigue. There are plenty of medications on the market that are used to treat clinical depression. Some of which have also shown to offer slight relief for fibromyalgia symptoms. Getting adequate sunlight (Vitamin D) and doing light exercising is also highly recommended by experts in the field.
What to eat... and what not to eat. That is the question. There isn't a lot of evidence out there for us to truly know what role nutrition and diet play when it comes to Fibromyalgia. However, common sense tells us that when we're eating to promote a healthy immune system, then of course that's only going to help. Although it hasn't been scientifically proven, some individuals have found that the symptoms of FMS are less severe after removing certain foods from their diet completely, like the following:
- carbonated drinks
- coffee
- fried food
- chocolate
- alcohol
Removing these from your diet may or may not help, but you'll never know until you try. It's up to you to test it for yourself... it's YOUR body, right? Other food to consider avoiding:
- dairy
- white sugar
- white flour
- junk food (duh!)
- red meat
- artificial sweeteners
So, what the heck am I supposed to eat then? Here's what:

Fruits and Vegetables

These are so important, it's not even funny how badly our bodies need them. Both are packed with loads of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. Especially the greens!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Fish, such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon, are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, which are thought to help reduce inflammation caused by Fibromyalgia. 2 to 3 servings of fish per week will usually provide the proper amount our bodies need. However, if you're not much of a fish eater, you can always stock up on fatty acids by eating walnuts and flax seeds.

Whole Grains

These are dense in minerals, vitamins, and fiber, which are great for your system. Try to eat 100% whole grain breads and cereals as often as possible. This helps promote a stronger healing system, which is known to help reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms.

What about Vitamins?

Here are a few that will help reduce Fibromyalgia pain and promote a healthy and strong immune system.
- Fish oil (reduces inflammation, helps fight depression)
- Vitamin C (reduces inflammation and fatigue, while increasing energy)
- Magnesium (helps to relax muscles)
Proper nutrition and diet are extremely important when it comes to battling the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. This area is not something to ignore.

Remember, garbage in - garbage out.

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