We need to avoid malabsorption which depletes precious nutrients from our fibro bodies. This is essential. How exactly are nutrients depleted? Would you believe that adhering to the conventional ‘food groups model’ can be dangerous to your health and proper nutrient absorption?
It is important to understand that through the process of digesting foods like acid forming grains, grain flours, processed foods and sugars, our system attempts to ‘buffer’ these acids and must ‘draw’ from the body and skeletal system to do this.
Fibromyalgia is complex in that it affects SO MANY systems in the body and all
of these (brain, endocrine, nervous, GI tract, musculo-skeletal, etc.) depend
on adequate vitamin and mineral uptake.
For example, the musculo-skeletal system is dependent on a proper ratio of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K for healthy muscle contraction and bone health.
endocrine system depends on the vitamin B family, as well as antioxidants like
vitamin C and selenium.
In order to keep and maintain healthy nutrient balance on a daily basis, we want to choose more whole foods in their natural and unadulterated state. Start by avoiding the ‘cereal’ aisle while shopping at the grocery store.
This is one
of the most over-rated yet most unhealthy aisles in the grocery store. Remember
that grain manufacturers and producers have done a good job advertising in the
name of brainwashing and profit. It doesn’t matter how many vitamins they claim
to put in their cereal, if the body cannot absorb it properly. The convenience of a cereal bar today, will lead to inconvenience later on when
our health is adversely affected.
Nature’s nutrients are properly manufactured and assimilated in the way that the body recognizes and utilizes. Getting the proper ratio and absorption of nutrients through whole foods allows for greater satisfaction as well. The body WILL start to crave more real foods when given the chance and not swayed by foods that only create cravings and malabsorption.
Some additional tools to aid in proper digestion and absorption also include digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, cider vinegar, proper food combining (avoid combining proteins and sugars especially), avoiding too much fluid intake with meals AND eating foods that are compatible with our individual body type.
NOTE : Digestive enzymes are helpful but should not be relied on long term. Instead focus on eating more RAW and living foods AND if there is any difficulty in digesting raw foods, be sure to combine raw and cooked to ease digestion of raw fibers.
Giving the fibro body what it needs is the first step to attaining greater levels of well-being. Not a cure, something better. A chance to live better and smarter and positively affect ALL parts of a heal-thy body and mind. See, if it wasn’t fibromyalgia, it would be something else. So, let’s do the best we can to feed and assimilate the very best nutrients into our cells consistently and allow our bodies the best thriving chance at wellness.