Diet & Lifestyle
Be sure that an appropriate diet of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and limiting refined foods and sugars is followed. Good sources of dietary magnesium include:
- Soybean products
- Whole wheat flour (not in hypersensitive individuals)
- Buckwheat flour
- Most legumes
Although the connection between diet and fibromyalgia has not been well researched, the following information suggests that hypoallergenic diets, in which food and chemical allergic agents are removed, can help many patients. In one study, researchers placed a group of patients with fibromyalgia on a vegetarian diet for three weeks. Numerous biochemical parameters improved, and 70 percent of the volunteers reported significant improvement in feelings of well being.
Daily, gentle, low-impact aerobic exercise or water exercise has been validated as effective FMS therapy for a small number of cases in controlled trials. One reason may be that exercise increases the time spent in deep sleep. Sedentary patients should start out with three to five minutes of exercise every day and increase, as tolerated, up to 20 to 30 minutes a day. Exercise works best if the patient avoids exercising the most painful muscles. Patients must be careful not to overdo physical activity because this may trigger a relapse.
Relaxation techniques such as aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation all help in relieving stress, which has been suggested to exacerbate symptoms of fibromyalgia. Taking time out during a hectic day to reflect on the positive aspects of life is essential. Learning to relax and calming the mind will allow the body to do the same.