RestoraLife’s Guide to help you ease pain associated with Fibromyalgia
According to a 2017 study, up to 70% of fibromyalgia patients report an increase pf painful symptoms during summer or winter. Changes in barometric pressure have also been reported to trigger fibro flare-ups. So, what can you do to battle the fibro flare-ups and symptoms that summer may bring?
RestoraLife™ provides six natural effective strategies for relieving your pain symptoms and minimizing summer’s impact on your fibromyalgia:
Stay hydrated — not with soda!
Ice-cold fountain sodas sound refreshing in the summer. For one, soda does not hydrate the body. In fact, they dehydrate your body even more! You don’t need me to tell you that soda doesn’t bode well for fibromyalgia sufferers (or anyone, for that matter). In addition, many sodas contain caffeine, which in the long term hurts you more than it helps you. So in place of soda, drink plenty of water or other liquids that will hydrate your body. Doing so will boost your body’s ability to regulate body temperate and perform other vital functions.
Not a big fan of drinking water to stay hydrated? Don’t worry – there are other ways to stay hydrated as well, including eating! That’s right – try eating some of these water-rich foods to stay hydrated this summer — Spinach, cabbage and celery (among others) are great choices for staying hydrated and cool.
Believe it or not – eating right can help keep you cool and fortify your body with the required vitamins and nutrients to help it better manage a flare-up of symptoms. Eat plenty of leafy greens as well as magnesium-rich foods like quinoa.
Besides eating foods to stay cool and hydrated – look for foods that are rich in the vitamins or nutrients your body needs to stay energized, relieve pain, promote healing and more. For anyone suffering from chronic pain, a few important vitamins and nutrients are magnesium, vitamin B12, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and iron.
Learn more about Nutrients That Can Help Ease Your Fibromyalgia Pain
In addition to eating right – avoid foods and ingredients that can aggravate your symptoms. Common culprits include artificial sweeteners, caffeine, simple carbs (sugars), dairy products and nightshade vegetables (i.e. potatoes, eggplants, etc.)
Did you know — humans are the only species that drinks milk after infancy?! Our bodies do not need it.
Stick to a sleeping (or at least resting) schedule
Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, summer often throws a curve ball at our sleep schedules. It doesn’t get dark until later, meaning our body doesn’t begin naturally producing melatonin (hormone that regulates sleep cycles) until later in the evening. Our nights can become filled with more late night activities as friends & family take advantage of the warm summer evenings. Plan ahead now and be aware of your sleep needs so that you don’t inadvertently deprive your body of the rest it needs. Don’t put yourself out.
Incorporate low impact exercises (if you can)
If ever there were a secret drug to help combat a wide array of bodily ills, exercise is it. Perhaps not so secret anymore, exercise is of vital importance to a healthy body and mind. It is proven to improve mood, boost energy and promote better sleep.
Of course, exercise is a bit of a catch-22 if you have fibromyalgia. On the one hand – it has been proven to help improve symptoms long-term. However, for many with fibromyalgia, the widespread pain severely inhibits their ability to exercise. Just getting out of bed and taking a shower is enough to wipe you out some days – so the idea of exercising may seem a bit far-fetched.
If you find yourself in this boat – start out small and slow. Set a goal to do 5-10 minutes of low impact exercises each day. Low impact exercises like yoga, stretching or walking tend to be more gentle on the body but also promote healing. As you become more comfortable with your daily routine, gradually increase the amount of time you spend exercising each day. Finding a friend or family member to exercise with, makes it much easier. You’d be surprised how easy it is to come up with excuses not to exercise each day – having an exercise partner helps keep you motivated and you are more likely to stick to your goals.
Regulate body temperature
Your body may have a harder time regulating body temperature and adjusting to exposure to extreme temperatures if you have fibromyalgia. For many – perspiration problems like the lack of sweating sometimes associated with fibromyalgia handicap the body’s ability to regulate itself. These hiccups in temperature regulation can lead to symptoms like muscle pain, fever, lightheadedness, skin irritations and more. Help keep your body cool by wearing light, breathable clothing when possible. When planning your day or week, avoid planning activities that require you to be outside during the hottest times of the day – usually between 3 – 6 p.m.
As the temperatures rise and summer gets into full swing, take whatever precautions you can to help minimize your fibromyalgia flare-ups. Of course – you can still get out and enjoy it – just pay close attention to your body and know your limits. Your body will tell you when it’s time to slow down – but it’s important that you to listen to it. By eating healthy, staying hydrated, dressing cool, sticking to a sleep schedule, staying in shape and planning ahead – you can minimize the fibro flare ups and get the most out of your summer!