Juicing for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain, disturbed sleep, and exhaustion. In fact, the word itself means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons — the soft fibrous tissues of the body. Although the muscles hurt everywhere, they are not the only cause of the pain. Malfunctions in the way the nervous system processes pain magnify the whole-body symptoms.
Recent research in Sweden revealed that half of the fibromyalgia patients in a study found it impossible or difficult to climb stairs and a majority of patients could not run. Just standing for five minutes was extremely taxing to one-fourth of the patients. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 5 million Americans. Women between the ages of twenty and sixty are the most affected group.
While fibromyalgia is chronic and can be debilitating, it's not progressive or life-threatening and there are many treatments, including nutritional ones, that can help you manage your condition and live an active life.
The antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, and the mineral selenium are a SWAT team against free radicals, according to new research that indicates the disease is generated by free radicals.
Many people suffering from fibromyalgia also have hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which means they are unable to tolerate carbohydrates. Because fruit is loaded with carbohydrates and natural sugars, people who have fibromyagia should reduce their intake of fruit juice to a glass or two a day and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, it's not unusual for some patients to see as many as ten doctors before finally discovering the cause of their pain. Most sufferers wait an average of five years after onset to get an accurate diagnosis and start receiving appropriate treatment.
Nutrients that benefit fibromyalgia include magnesium, which is often deficient in fibromyalgia sufferers, and vitamin B1. Magnesium can be found in celery, cauliflower, spinach, beets and beet greens, dandelion greens, garlic, romaine lettuce, parsley, and carrots.
Good sources of vitamin B1 include seeds, nuts, split peas, buckwheat, whole wheat, millet, oatmeal, wild rice, cornmeal, sunflower and buckwheat sprouts, and garlic. It is not found in fruits and vegetables.
Regional muscle pain not related to arthritis or the nervous system often occurs in people with fibromyalgia, who describe the feeling as firm knots in their muscles that often cause restrictions in movement and radiating pain. These muscle nodules are called myofascial trigger points and may overlap with tender points used to diagnose fibromyalgia.