Fibromyalgia and the Importance of Energizing the Body with the Right Fuels

Preventive medicine starts with what you put into your body; the food you eat, the air you breathe, and the water you drink.  Our health is always being challenged, whether it is the neighbor’s cold or unavoidable exhaust fumes.  What we take into our body—be it healthy food, drink, drugs, pesticides or junk food—can dramatically affect our ability to stay healthy.  Because many FM sufferers are sensitive to food, drugs, chemicals and pollutants in the environment already, it’s important not to subject yourself to them and to avoid as many as you possibly can.   Researchers from the University of Florida concluded that food intolerance and certain added chemicals in foods led to significant exacerbation of symptoms in fibromyalgia patients including pain, swelling, and joint stiffness.  

Your nutritional status determines, to a substantial extent, your capacity to maintain health, energy levels, and your ability to adapt to your environment.  Your genes express themselves in your environment – the food you eat, water you drink, air, and so on.  If your environment is too hostile for them (too many junk foods, contaminated air and water, etc) you cannot adapt and disease results.  If your environment is nourishing, you have a greater resistance to disease and are more likely to experience health and vitality.  Of equal importance is reduction or removal of the intake of toxic substances in the body such as anti-nutrients and environmental chemicals and pollutants etc.; we have seen in previous chapters how this has become a major problem in our modern diet.   

We are all biochemically unique in our needs since they depend on a whole host of factors, from the strengths and weaknesses you were born with right up to the effects that your current environment has on you.  No one way of eating or diet is perfect for everyone, and it is only through direct monitoring and control of your own nutrition that you will discover your own right balance. Our goal in the pursuit of higher energy levels is to understand that our body is fueled from the foods we eat and to learn which foods supply us with the necessary and proper ingredients to create energy and optimum health.   Let’s take a look at some of the attributes of the fuels and how they contribute to your balanced good health.

Whole Foods: Organic, Raw & Live Produce

The most important foundation for health is to eat foods that provide exactly the amount of energy and nutrients required to keep the body in perfect balance.  A good deal of energy is consumed and wasted in trying to disarm or rid the body of toxic chemicals from our food sources.  The toxins that cannot be eliminated accumulate in body tissue and contribute to conditions like FM.  It is now virtually impossible to avoid all these substances completely, as there is nowhere on our planet that is not contaminated in some way from the by-products of our modern chemical age.   Therefore we must be diligent in choosing as wisely as we possibly can.

Choosing organic foods whenever possible is the nearest we can get to eating a pure diet today.  The most healthful fruits and vegetables are those that have been grown organically—without the use of pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers, or growth-stimulating chemicals which are potentially toxic to our bodies.   Raw, organic food is the most natural and beneficial way to take food into the body.  Raw (also called live) foods also contain enzymes and these help to digest food more completely which increases absorption and assimilation of vital nutrients within the food.  This leads to an increase in energy and vitality.  Cooking food above 118 degrees F. destroys enzymes and reduces the uptake of nutrients.  Try to eat at least 50% of your fresh produce in its raw state in salads and other tasty dishes.  If raw produce does not agree with you because of weak digestion capabilities, steam your vegetables lightly in a steamer, cooking pan, or wok just until slightly tender. 

For people suffering with rheumatic disorders and fibromyalgia, studies have shown that a diet consisting of whole foods brings the body back to a state of health and helps improve symptoms dramatically.  In addition to the fact that whole foods happen to be antioxidant laden, and antioxidant foods possess anti-inflammatory properties, there are other factors, such as fiber and essential fatty acids found in whole unadulterated foods that function together to increase immunity and improve overall health.

Remember, most fruits and vegetables should be eaten in their entirety, as all of the parts, including the skin, contain valuable nutrients.  Eat at least eight to ten servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day.   That may sound like a lot but we are talking about one serving is half a cup full and this food source is absolutely vital in helping to win the battle against FM.  These plant foods are the basic source of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients (more on what these are next) that help create and preserve health.  Nobody can argue with eating fruits and vegetables.  It’s the one thing that scientists all agree on to create longevity, energy, and health. 

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