Blackbelt Gazette: Knowing what to eat can help relieve pain, stress (Fibromyalgia)

Pain and the accompaniment of stress associated with fibromyalgia are only understood by its victims. Ninety percent affected by fibromyalgia are women. The link between fibromyalgia and a psychological disorder were halted by a team of researchers at the Univeristy of Alabama. They proved that fibromyalgia is caused by a disruption of blood flow to the parts of the brain that respond to pain which in turn affects the central nervous system.
Stress which attacks the body’s immune system appears to be one of the main triggers. A weaken immune system is susceptible to a number of diseases brought on by bacteria and virus. The pain of fibromyalgia is present not only in the muscles but also the stomach, hips, neck, lower back, and insomnia.
Some natural therapies to relieve fibromyalgia concentrate on four major systems: structural, nervous, digestive, and immune.
The structural system includes bones, muscles, and connective tissues. Part of the makeup of muscles is magnesium and supplementing for this deficiency can relax the muscles muscles can improve blood circulation which gives all around relief (also beneficial for PMS, muscle cramps, headaches).  Magnesium combined with malic acid is a winning combination. Malic acid decreases the affects of the aluminum absorbed in the body. Although magnesium relaxes muscles the absorption is hindered by the consumption of refined flour found in pasta, breads, pastries, etc as well as phosphorous found in soft drinks. The combination of magnesium and malic acid encourages the synthesis of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which is needed for a balanced metabolism.
The nervous system is relaxed when B vitamins are present. The brain uses a various B vitamins to combat stress and pain. Feeding the brain ginkgo biloba will also increase the supply of blood to the brain.
A properly functioning digestive system will enhance the absorption of nutrients, aiding to the elimination of stress and pain. Liquid aloe vera and/or chlorophyll can cleanse the bowels along with papaya enzymes which aid digestion.
For  immediate, pain relief, two capsules of uña de gato (cat’s claw) works as fast as aspirin, approximately 20 minutes. This herbal supplement can be taken three times a day as needed. When choosing the specie of cat’s claw, note that uncaria tomentosa is the most potent.
For immune system, besides cat’s claw, supplements and herbs to consider are Siberian ginseng, parsley, red clover, wheat grass, horseradish, beta carotene, and rose hips.
Balancing alkaline (mainly green vegetables) and acidic foods (meat, cheese, breads) is also a big help. Reflexology, acupressure, and massages have also been suggested to relax muscles

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