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The “Power Couple” for Fibromyalgia: Energize with Coenzyme Q10 and D-ribose

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, one of the symptoms you may have been experiencing is that of profound fatigue. You may feel each and every day as if you have just finished a marathon. Perhaps you awaken each and every morning feeling as if you could sleep for another ten hours. You would be willing to try anything that could help you bring back some vitality and vigor. Two supplements you should consider are Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) and D-ribose.

Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone (ie, it is ubiquitous or found in every living cell) is necessary fuel for the mitochondria or the energy and power center of the cells in your body. Without it, the cells can’t work efficiently. There is some evidence that dysfunction of the mitochondria may be important in the development of fibromyalgia. The authors of one study concluded that levels of ubiquinone were very low in the cells and tissues of the body (where they need to be) compared to the high levels found in the inflammatory or immune- related cells. (where they shouldn’t be). Ubiquinone is vital for proper mitochondrial functioning. This is crucial, especially in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Another supplement that your muscle cells need for energy and optimal functioning is D-ribose. This is a natural sugar that aids in the formation of ATP (or adenosine triphosphate for short). ATP is the fundamental unit of energy for any cell. Without adequate levels of ATP, your mitochondria does not have the energy it needs to optimally function. It is like trying to operate a car without fuel or low octane fuel. Supplementation with D-ribose has been demonstrated to improve the energy level and decrease the pain of those with fibromyalgia.

While taking each of these supplements separately can help in the treatment of fibromyalgia, the effect of taking both of them is likely to be immensely helpful. As with any supplement, smaller doses taken two to three times a day improve absorption and provide a better therapeutic benefit. The usual starting doses for Ubiquinone are 50-100 mg two to three times a day. D-ribose is available in capsule or powdered form. The powdered form is very well tolerated, and it is reasonable to start at 2500 mg daily and increase the frequency of this supplement to two to three times a day.

Be aware that these two supplements also have a heart benefit as well. Just as they can increase the energy and power to the muscle cells of your body, this “power couple” also can increase the energy to the cells in your heart as well! Don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare practitioner about incorporating these two supplements into your daily regimen.

By: Dr. Rich Snyder, DO


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How to Use Your Local Farmers Market to Treat Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Migraines

It is no secret that diet plays a large role in treating many different types of conditions. But in the spring and summer months there is plethora of medicinal treatment options set up at little tables in communities all across the county – Farmers Markets. Farmers markets are the off-shoot of nature’s bounty providing a virtual organic pharmacy disguised by sweet, fresh, and delicious produce. Here are some farmer’s market gems for treatment of Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Migraines.


  • Cherries and Raspberries – Having strong anti-inflammatory values, most red fruits can have a stronger pain and inflammation reduction value that is ten times the average aspirin treatment. Recent studies have also shown that tart cherries can also help with sleep problems that are often associated with Fibromyalgia.
  • Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Broccoli, Collard Greens, and Kale – The local farmer’s market favorites are proven alkaline forming foods. Adding these to a Fibromyalgia diet can also reduce inflammation and help to combat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is commonly diagnosed as a co-morbidity with Fibromyalgia.


  • Strawberries, Bell Peppers, and Cauliflower – High in vitamin C and absolute staples to get from any farmers market, produce power houses provide a healthy dose of vitamin C which is vital in the formation of both collagen and proteoglycans.
  • Spinach, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, and Carrots – These market gems are high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is strong antioxidant that helps reduce the progression of Osteoarthritis.


  • Spinach – Especially when eaten raw, spinach contains high levels of vitamin B-12 which is often prescribed as a supplement to help combat migraine pain.
  • Green Beans, Kale, and other leafy greens – These green veggies are high in magnesium, a powerful element that can help reduce tension in muscles as well as help the reaction of nerve and muscles cells.

Whether it’s just to help local economy or a conscious effort to bring more fruits and vegetables into your diet, visiting your local farmer’s market can provide relief for many conditions including Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Migraines. Just by its nature of getting a person outside and moving, a farmer’s market can provide exercise, fresh air, and the added bonus of a growing ‘pharmacy’ to treat chronic pain conditions.

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Fibromyalgia and ADD/ADHD – Diagnosing the Link between Them

ADHD and its cousin condition ADD have well known symptoms such as lack of focus, confusion, lack of clarity, and an inability to follow directions. Remarkably, the symptoms commonly associated with Fibromyalgia are almost identical to those in ADD/ADHD. What’s the connection? When diagnosing chronic disorders in children, oftentimes, these two symptoms are misdiagnosed with one another.

The biggest issue when trying to diagnose between Fibromyalgia and ADD/ADHD is the presence or absence of pain. However, most children translate pain in ways that adults don’t. With both disorders exhibiting similar neurological symptoms without the specific complaint of pain throughout portions of the body, Fibromyalgia can be mistaken for ADD/ADHD.

Another pain issue between the two is diagnosing between headaches – another symptom commonly associated with both disorders. For children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, headaches are usually attributed to stress and “overworking” of the brain to try to focus and compute information. Fibromyalgia patients experience headaches as well, but are usually attributed to nervous system translation and over-stimulated nerves. Unfortunately, for children, it’s hard to determine what kind of headache they are experiencing and the intensity of that headache. In fact, both conditions are often associated with migraines – a condition that affects thousands of children every year.

When diagnosing either ADD/ADHD or Fibromyalgia, pain is used as an indicator to differentiate the two. However, with most children pain is translated loosely. For example, many children that are struggling to maintain focus during school as with ADD/ADHD will feel stress in the form of a stomach ache or even joint pain. Whereas, a child that feels fatigued or in overall pain from Fibromyalgia may show signs of irritability, lack of concentration, and an inability to complete tasks. For obvious reasons, these two conditions are very similar in neurological symptoms.

Avoiding a misdiagnosis is difficult, but not impossible. The best approach is to utilize the services of a medical pediatric psychiatrist. This is the best qualified person to determine true pain symptoms through a child’s expressions. Working together with a pediatrician and a psychiatrist can offer the best hope for an accurate diagnosis of either ADD/ADHD or Fibromyalgia. It is also important to continue follow up care and subsequent therapies to monitor if there is any improvement. This ensures that the appropriate care plan is being employed.

At home to treat either condition, techniques like home organization, nutritional guidance, and systematic routine can often provide emotional and physical relief to both ADD/ADHD and Fibromyalgia patients. Hormones, preservatives, and food dyes have been shown to have profound effects both behaviorally and physical for both disorders. Incorporating a whole diet rich in Omege-3 fatty acids and high in magnesium helps with symptoms such as focus, irritability, pain, migraines, and fatigue. Organization and structure provide a consistent environment that reduces stress and irritability – both triggers for ADD/ADHD and Fibromyalgia.

Dealing with childhood ADD/ADHD or Fibromyalgia can be difficult. However, the most important part of the process is getting an accurate diagnosis and treating the right condition. Both have similar symptoms that are easily mistaken for the other. With some professional guidance and some minor changes at home, a child suffering from either can be successfully treated for either ADD/ADHD or Fibromyalgia and have a full and happy childhood.

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Fighting Fibromyalgia with Fitness

I was always a bit fatigued, but it became extreme last spring, 2012. I began feeling depressed and felt a heavy pain that I had not experienced before. There was even some anxiety involved. After a few doctors and many tests, the diagnosis was handed down – Fibromyalgia.

As a certified Holistic Health Coach the prescribed medication was not an option for me. My first question to the doctor was about the medication he suggested knowing one of the side effects was weight gain. I asked him how would I move my body –  even go for a walk – if I gained weight, resulting in possibly feeling even worse (which I didn’t think was possible at the point in time). His simple answer was that I probably would gain weight and walking wouldn’t help me. My gut told me otherwise. I had in hand a diagnosis that helped me to have a name for what I was up against.  I searched for the direction in which I would go forth with my healing.

After a long road I would say that I am recovered, although any period of stress will bring on symptoms.  Then it’s time to kick back on the self-care. One of the most important things in my personal recovery was being and staying active with regular exercise.

At first, it was difficult. How do you move and exercise when you can hardly walk without pain and your fatigue feels like a heavy fog weighing you down? But I knew exercise would help. Knowing the bodyand how the systems work together, synergistically, not separately, I knew that movement and exercise would help me – and it did.

First, I began slowly. I would walk up and down the street. I felt frustrated and tired. But I was consistent. Each day I would move and stretch. I added yoga and just did it until I wanted to stop – not until I physically could not. It was important not to overexert, but to warm up my body gently.

It turns out exercise is an amazing antidote for stress and relieving stress is a big YES when it comes to healing fibromyalgia. Being physical also turns on natural endorphins  – the body’s natural opiates. Like a drug, endorphins are released during exercise and can help reduce pain from – you guessed it –the symptoms like those of fibromyalgia. Endorphin release from exercise also helps reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Natural balancers are exactly what they are.

Many of the body’s own chemicals are helpful in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Taking serotonin for instance. This little neurotransmitter aids in regulating sleep cycles, mood, pain perception and immune system function. I found it interesting how 5-HTP is a well-known and useful tool in the treatment of fibromyalgia and was very helpful in my own treatment. 5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of serotonin. Do you know what else helps increase production of serotonin? Exercise. Regular physical activity increases levels of tryptophan, which is used by the body to create serotonin.

How do you get started? First always make sure that you speak to your doctor and get the ok to begin an exercise routine. Keep it simple. Begin with walks, and add in some yoga poses for stretching and muscle strength. Be kind and loving with yourself. There will be days you feel like you can conquer the world, while others you will feel like five minutes in you can no longer do it. Each day will be different. Just be consistent and show up to exercise every day. It’s up to you to begin to take those baby steps and incorporate physical activity into your healing plan.

By Gina Wiebolt

Gina Wieboldt is Certified Holistic Health Coach accredited from Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She’s also a mom and blogger. Read more about her at

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Exercising to Provide Relief for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can cause widespread pain throughout the body, resulting in muscle soreness and fatigue. Even the most mundane of activities can create posture imbalances, muscle tightness, and pain. Some of the simplest undertakings such as unloading the dishwasher or vacuuming floors can cause major muscle discomfort and bring on Fibromyalgia symptoms. However, adding some simple exercises such as light free weights and aerobics can greatly improve how the body reacts to Fibromyalgia triggers.

Weight training can greatly increase muscle strength for Fibromyalgia patients. These can include simple reps with free weights, light resistance training, and modified machine work. Using light free weights, doing shoulder rolls and bicep curls increases both strength and muscle stamina. This allows the body to better perform chores that require upper body, back, and arm strength. For lower body endurance, adding ankle weights to basic walking or light jogging can help build strength and durability.

Aerobics is another way to decrease Fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact, water aerobics is often utilized to help increase strength, improve range of motion, and provide appropriate resistance for Fibromyalgia patients. Cycling, stair stepping, and elliptical work outs are another great option for Fibromyalgia patients to increase strength and mobility.

Adding a fitness routine to a Fibromyalgia care plan also has the added benefit of helping to offset the fatigue that is often associated with the condition. Many Fibromyalgia patients are jointly diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. One popular approach to treating CFS is adding a fitness routine that includes weight training and aerobics for mild cardio elevation. The added benefit of energy from a fitness routine helps to combat fatigue and reduces Fibromyalgia symptoms.

Overall Fibromyalgia can have devastating effects on a person’s daily routine and quality of life. Adding a fitness routine can help to reduce and eliminate the symptoms that are associated with the illness. Light weight training and simple aerobics can increase strength and muscle stamina, relieve tension and stress in the body, and increase energy and flow throughout the body.


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5 Nutritional Facts that Fight Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia comes with many symptoms. These include widespread pain, fatigue, muscle tenderness, and emotional distress. Treatment options vary from physical therapy to medication. Natural approaches to treating Fibromyalgia are consistently gaining more popularity. Some of these include yoga, reflexology, acupuncture, and meditation with successful results. The most simple thing that can change the way a body reacts to Fibromyalgia symptoms, however, is not in a specific treatment but much more strategic – Nutrition.

Certain foods can add elements to the system that can increase pain tolerance, reduce inflammation, stimulate energy, and reduce fatigue. Here are 5 powerful nutrition facts to incorporate into Fibromyalgia diet. Foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids have long been suggested for Fibromyalgia sufferers.

  • With their natural anti-inflammatory properties and side effect of pain reduction, foods like salmon, flax seed and nuts are a natural choice for treating the condition. Fresh fruits and vegetables are another way to decrease inflammation. An added bonus to their anti-inflammatory properties is the natural energy boost that fruits and vegetables provide. Good fresh choices include blueberries, raspberries, spinach, celery, and broccoli.
  • Commonly used to make food flavorful, ginger and garlic have long touted medicinal values. But with treating Fibromyalgia, ginger and garlic are nutritional super stars. Both respectfully possess anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Ginger and garlic also have been known to reduce pain in muscles and joints. Fatigue is one of the most chronic symptoms associated Fibromyalgia.
  • Usually chronic fatigue syndrome is commonly diagnosed along with Fibromyalgia. This disorder is known to reduce energy which can have a profound effect on emotional well-being. Coconut has medium-chained fatty acids that help to sustain energy. Having more electrolytes than any sports drink and coconut water can help reduce fatigue and increase alertness.
  • Whole grains are another source of energy and fuel that Fibromyalgia sufferers desperately need. The complex carbs break down slowly in the system providing sustained energy which helps battle the fatigue that goes hand in hand with Fibromyalgia. Fortified whole grain cereals, oatmeal, and wild rice are great sources of complex whole grains.
  • Calcium and protein are vital for Fibromyalgia sufferers. Both provide relief from digestion problems that can be connected with the condition. Adding soy is a great source of both calcium and protein. Soy milk and edamame are both great sources for soy.

Employing the proper foods into a diet can create a natural treatment plan that can not only ease Fibromyalgia symptoms, but could help to eliminate some altogether. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, ginger, garlic, coconut and soy are readily available and easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Nutrition is a great starting point to naturally relieving Fibromyalgia symptoms and everything else associated with it.

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Helping Your Muscles with Magnesium

For the more than six million people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, supplementation with magnesium may help decrease pain and improve muscle strength and endurance. Studies have demonstrated that those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia often have lower levels of magnesium when compared to the rest of the population. Increasing your magnesium intake should be considered as part of your treatment armamentarium.

Magnesium is a mineral found in the cells of your body and is part of the energy mechanism that keeps your muscle cells running smoothly. It can also be found in your bones and is so important for maintaining bone health. Did you know that magnesium is needed for over two hundred chemical reactions in the human body? Without magnesium your intestine does not absorb nutrients as well. Low magnesium levels can also affect the absorption of other important minerals, such as potassium and calcium.

Magnesium is crucial for maintaining muscle strength and endurance. Because it dilates blood vessels, it improves blood flow to the muscles which is important not only for muscle health but also toxin removal. Low magnesium levels also increase total body inflammation; in fibromyalgia, the goal is to lower the total body inflammatory load. Magnesium also helps to relieve pain: it helps to decrease the pain sensitivity associated with fibromyalgia.

How do you know if your magnesium levels are low? Well, the most common way that magnesium levels are measured is by a simple blood test. Be aware that the magnesium level that is measured in the blood may not accurately reflect the levels of magnesium in the cell. That being said, other tests used to measure magnesium are more cumbersome and there are questions concerning their reliability.

On routine blood work, most “normal” reference ranges of magnesium are from 1.6-2.6 mg/dL. Note that there is a significant difference between the reference ranges. The goal of treatment is to get the magnesium levels in the blood in the higher range.

How much magnesium should you take? In general it is recommended that you take at least 600 – 800 mg of magnesium a day. Great dietary sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, seeds (sunflower and sesame for example), and nuts (almonds and Brazil nuts for example). If you are on a typical Western diet that is low in magnesium, you may need to take a magnesium supplement.

What form of magnesium should you take? Be aware that not all magnesium is created the same. You want to pick a formulation that is highly absorbed by the body. Chelated magnesium is a form of magnesium without the heavy metals. Magnesium malate, a combination of magnesium and malic acid is a form of magnesium that may provide more benefit for those with fibromyalgia. In one study, a combination of magnesium and malic acid not only reduced pain and tenderness, but was also reported to improve a person’s functional status.

Be aware that for some people taking magnesium orally, it can cause intestinal upset, including diarrhea. The use of a magnesium oil and/or magnesium gel when topically applied to the arms or legs daily can help normalize your magnesium levels and get you on the road to recovery.

By: Dr. Rich Snyder


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3 Chronic Conditions Treated with Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can be characterized simply by using hot and cold water, water pressure, and steam to stimulate relief from any number of conditions or ailments. It has been utilized in many treatment care plans with extremely positive results. 3 chronic conditions that can be treated successfully are migraines, osteoarthritis, and Fibromyalgia.

Migraines can easily be treated with simple hydrotherapeutic techniques at home with hot and cold water. Simply using a hot water foot bath and cold compress collectively can greatly reduce the symptoms of a migraine. Cold compress has been used for ages to help with the pain that migraine sufferer’s experience. Also, hot baths have been known to subdue nausea and tension which are also symptoms commonly associated with migraines.

Osteoarthritis utilizes hydrotherapy in a different way than its use in migraine treatment. The predominant use of hydrotherapy for Osteoarthritis is through water exercise and aerobics. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that attacks the joints and causes major pain, stiffness, and discomfort. By incorporating exercise with the buoyancy of water, it creates a physical environment that is comparable to weightlessness. This lack of weight helps those with Osteoarthritis increase their range of motion in the joints while maintaining movement and strengthening.

Fibromyalgia is treated with hydrotherapy in a much more medicinal and scientific approach. New research suggests that including a hydrotherapeutic technique of colon cleansing can significantly reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. The theory is that as the cleanse removes toxins, waste, and allergens, it increases the function of the immune system and decreases inflammation in the body. Increasing the immune system allows those with the disease to stay healthy and strong to better fight off infections which can be triggers for Fibromyalgia. Decreasing inflammation is thought to help keep the overall feelings of pain and fatigue at bay for most sufferers.

Hydrotherapy is a versatile and attainable therapy to treat many conditions and ailments. From a simple cold compress to a medical procedure designed to balance the body chemistry, Hydrotherapy can be utilized by anyone with just a bit of know-how or experienced professional with incredible results.

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How Colon Hydrotherapy can Eliminate Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia symptoms affect the whole body – overall pain, muscle fatigue, exhaustion. While studies show that a lot of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia comes from a combination of low pain threshold and inflammation, research also shows that adding a colon cleanse could significantly reduce the symptoms that are present with Fibromyalgia.

A detoxifying colon cleanse is a hydrotherapeutic therapy that uses water and pressure in the colon to cleanse the digestive track of residual waste, toxins, and allergens that can accumulate over time. This elimination is thought to reduce system inflammation and boost the immune system. Both of these results have been shown to have significant effects on Fibromyalgia symptoms. Increasing the function of the immune system helps the body fight infection and illness. Both infection and illness can be triggers for Fibromyalgia symptoms and can also aggravate the condition when symptoms are already present. Increasing the immune systems effectiveness will help to avoid these triggers and aggressors.

Removing the toxins and allergens with a colon cleanse has numerous effects that can help with Fibromyalgia symptoms. Toxins and allergens in the digestive track are thought to increase inflammation in the body by ultimately polluting the blood that circulates and inflaming everything that it circulates to. These irritants can increase muscle inflammation, stiffness, and pain that are often associated with Fibromyalgia. By removing these elements, Fibromyalgia symptoms can be greatly reduced and eliminated.

Choosing to do colon hydrotherapy is a personal choice; however there is evidence that it can greatly reduce the symptoms and onset of Fibromyalgia. Eliminating the waste, allergens, and toxins that are found in the digestive track can help reduce illness, infection, and inflammation. This reduction can ultimately result in an overall better control for Fibromyalgia and its’ symptoms.


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Controlling Fibromyalgia with Hydrotherapy and Massage

Hydrotherapy has long been known for its healing powers and therapeutic attributes when utilized as a treatment for chronic illness. One illness that is profoundly affected by adding hydrotherapy and massage is Fibromyalgia. Using the techniques of hydrotherapy bath and the incorporation of massage therapy can greatly reduce the common symptoms that are brought on with Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition most well-known for an overall feeling of pain and fatigue to the body. It is characterized by trigger points such as joints and muscle stiffness accompanied with physical and emotional fatigue. Utilizing hydrotherapy bath that has a warm temperature between 91° and 94° Fahrenheit can stimulate muscle and joint relaxation while improving circulation throughout the body. This consistent motion of circulation with relaxation will help with the mobilization of Fibromyalgia trigger points and decrease overall pain that is felt.

In conjunction with hydrotherapeutic bath, massage can add another level of comfort for those suffering from Fibromyalgia. Massage uses pressure on the muscles to stimulate blood flow and encourage relaxation. While this can help with the pain and discomfort often felt with Fibromyalgia, the real benefit to massage is the emotional release that it can provide to help alleviate the mental fatigue that the syndrome has on the body.

Fibromyalgia affects the body both physically and mentally from the constant battle with chronic pain and fatigue. Hydrotherapy and massage together can create an ongoing treatment that can help with muscle relaxation, joint stiffness, overall achiness, and circulation. The two therapies can also help to balance the emotional fatigue by encouraging the body and mind to relax and unwind to promote better management of the syndrome.

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Fighting Fibromyalgia with Proper Nutrition

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, tender joints and chronic fatigue. Fibromyalgia can be mild or severe, sporadic or chronic and has no known cure. Medications are available to reduce the pain of Fibromyalgia, but do not eliminate the pain completely. In addition, these medications often have side effects. One particular side effect being the havoc they wreak on the intestinal tract, causing an overgrowth of Candida which may lead to “leaky gut syndrome.”

Lifestyle changes are key when living with Fibromyalgia in order to identify triggers and control the symptoms. Even those living with the most chronic and debilitating type of Fibromyalgia can alleviate the two most severe symptoms – chronic pain and fatigue – by adopting lifestyle changes with or without the use of medication. Along with adequate sleep, exercise, and stress management, nutritional changes make a huge impact on pain management and quality of life.

Nutrition is an important component to any healthy, balanced lifestyle. For those who live with Fibromyalgia, a healthy diet is even more important. Nutrition is more than just eating your fruits and veggies. Nutrition also refers to the avoidance of highly-processed foods. Scientific research is limited on the relationship between nutrition/diet and Fibromyalgia; many cases show that people experience a decrease in symptoms when highly processed food, caffeine, alcohol, red meat, refined sugar and fried food are removed from their diet.

Several foods should be avoided when trying to reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms, as recommended by experts Mary Moeller and Joe Elrod. These food categories include:

  • High fat dairy food
  • Refined (white) sugars
  • White flour
  • Fried foods
  • Preservatives and additives
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Junk food High salt foods
  • Red meat Meats preserved by being smoked cured or nitrate cured, such as lunch meats
  • Coffee and caffeine
  • Sodas and carbonated beverages
  • Aspartame and all other artificial sweeteners
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)

In addition, it is recommended that alcohol and tobacco products (including second-hand smoke) be completely avoided. Simple carbohydrates are linked to the “bad bacteria” found in the large intestines. Therefore, simple carbohydrates should be either eliminated or kept at a minimum.

What can you eat? If you are trying to control your Fibromyalgia, limited studies and anecdotal data suggest that eating foods rich in the following vitamins and minerals relieve Fibromyalgia pain: Vitamins A, C, D, E, magnesium, selenium, zinc and Omega 3 fatty acid. Also include high fiber food and foods rich in antioxidants in your diet. Use a quality nutritional supplement and also be sure to drink plenty of water – approximately 8 ounces a day.

Working with a nutritionist to meet your individual needs is strongly recommended since every case of Fibromyalgia is as individualized as we are.

Fibromyalgia has no known cause or cure, but avoidance of highly-processed food and adopting a nutritionally-sound diet has resulted in less pain, an increased energy level and greater overall quality of life for those living with this condition.


  • The Fibromyalgia Nutrition Guide by Mary Moeller and Joe Elrod
  • National Fibromyalgia Research Association

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Juicing to Treat Migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis

Juicing – a health phenomenon that is trending across the nation – touts many health benefits towards a healthy lifestyle. With an easily digested arsenal of vitamins and minerals from different sources, juicing has allowed dieters and health nuts to benefit from delicious blends of nature’s energy drink. But more and more, juicing is being used to help treat chronic illnesses and disorders such as migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis.


Migraines and any other kind of headache for that matter can be enough to stop anyone in their tracks. The key to avoiding or treating major headaches and migraines is to include heavy doses of calcium and magnesium in your juice mix. Fennel carries large amounts of both, while ginger adds nice flavor and is a natural pain reliever. A mixture of Fennel, carrots, apples, pineapple, ginger, and cabbage in your juicer should be enough to ease the symptoms of a migraine and has a sweet taste from the apples and pineapple.


Fibromyalgia is best treated when juices incorporate high levels of antioxidants. When trying to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia it is important to incorporate high energy fruits and vegetables along with those high in antioxidants. Mixing cranberries, cherries, carrots, celery, and spinach will give you a large dose of antioxidants and high energy as well. Apples and ginger can also be added for taste and pain management.


The secret to treating osteoarthritis by juicing is anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. These can come from a variety of sources of fresh fruits. Mix dark pigmented fruit such as cherries, blackberries, and red grapes with ginger, and honey. The dark pigmented fruit contain anthocyanins which have been documented to have both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory values. The ginger and honey make it more palatable and provide pain management.

Juicing is a quality source of vegetable and fruit nutrition in a manageable and enjoyable system. The key to any chronic illness management is to commit to a certain therapy and follow through with it. With some planning, these juicing ideas can be incorporated into any daily routine and begin to provide relief for migraines, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis.