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How Should Fibro Patients Bolster Their Immune Systems?

Unfortunately fibromyalgia remains a mystery illness of sorts; its causes still largely stump scientists, physicians and researchers. The disease has a wide range of symptoms, many of which mimic the symptoms of other conditions.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Exhaustion/feeling run down
  • Digestive problems
  • Depression
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Allergies
  • Yeast/candida overgrowth

Since fibromyalgia manifests itself in so many different ways, the illness can be frustrating to treat or even understand. Though scientists and physicians still don’t all agree on whether or not fibromyalgia is an immune system disorder, there is a lot of evidence that a boosted immune system can help alleviate symptoms.

Immune system tips for fibromyalgia patients

Fibromyalgia and Your Immune System

Though fibromyalgia isn’t officially categorized as an immune system disorder, it shares most of its symptoms with the following autoimmune disorders:

  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Moreover, there is medical evidence that a fibromyalgia flare is more likely to occur at times an individual’s immune system is already run down. This is a bit of a “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” type of scenario, as it is unknown whether the weakened immune system is the cause of the fibromyalgia flare or whether it’s the flare beating up on your immune system.

Regardless of whether fibromyalgia should be categorized as an immune system disorder, or whether the “chicken” or “egg” came first during a flare, fibromyalgia and your immune system are significantly linked.

Plus, bolstering your immune system is always a good idea!

Why a Healthy Diet is Crucial

Your immune system’s health relies in large part on your digestive system’s health. A full 70% of the cells that make up your immune system reside in your gut. In fact, the gut should be talked about more often!

Many people think of food in terms of what makes them gain or lose weight. But the decisions on what you’re putting in your stomach shouldn’t be made based on calorie count alone or buzzwords such as “low fat!” or “whole grain!” on the packaging.

The best way to approach revamping your nutrition is to go back to the basics. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet comprised of mostly:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Good fats
  • Lean protein

Some people who suffer from chronic pain have also found probiotics to be incredibly beneficial. Probiotics can be taken in pill form, and are also found in kefir and yogurt. Just be careful when picking yogurt, because some contain lots of sugar!

If you want to know more about probiotics, Fibromyalgia Free posted this great article about how much they helped one woman on her journey.

Other Tricks and Facts

You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s a tip worth repeating: please don’t shy away from exercise!

It may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re already exhausted or in pain, but even a gentle ten-minute walk is better than no exercise at all. Your symptoms will likely improve if you get your body moving– especially if you try these recommended exercises.

Fibromyalgia patients practicing yoga for exercise

You should also make sure you’re getting enough sleep. While this is more easily said than done in our high-strung, fast-paced culture, it is especially important for people with fibromyalgia to be getting those 8 hours per night.

Vitamins and supplements can also help! In addition to the aforementioned probiotics, it’s a great idea to take a high quality Omega 3 and multivitamin. Vitamin D has been proven especially helpful to fibromyalgia patients, but it’s fat-soluble so be careful not to take too much. Your doctor should be able to help you establish the perfect vitamin regimen for your unique needs.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve gained some valuable information on boosting your immune system! Fibromyalgia is a rough condition, and unfortunately also one that has proven difficult to diagnose and treat.

Here at Achieve, we are doing our best in the fight against fibromyalgia. Our clinical research protocol is designed to better understand, diagnose, and treat this debilitating condition! If you or a loved one suffers from fibromyalgia and is interested in learning more about fibromyalgia clinical trials in Birmingham, you can visit this page of our site for more information. Please also feel free to call us at (205) 757-8208.

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