Healthy Habits to Fight Chronic Illnesses

· July 16, 2014
Fibromyalgia (often also referred to as FM or FMS) is a disorder that causes episodes of muscle pain and exhaustion that can grow more frequent over time, especially in women.

The difficulties associated with diagnosing, fighting and preventing chronic illnesses motivate a lot of people to seek more natural solutions. In this article, we will be discussing some natural remedies that may help alleviate your symptoms and make the condition more bearable.

The emotional factor of chronic illnesses

The psychosomatic explanation often attributed to chronic illnesses includes depression, anxiety and other stress-related disorders. We should keep these emotional states in mind as we move forward with homeopathic treatments or Bach flower remedies. This is to see if we can uncover any specific stress-related triggers or causes.

If the emotional component carries a lot of weight in your case and/or you experience other symptoms of depression, you can take St. John’s wort or tryptophan with your food. The supplement may help alleviate those feelings a bit.

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Proper diet and nutrition to fight chronic illnesses

As with all natural courses of treatment, diet is incredibly important. A possible cause for many chronic illnesses could lie in a long-term lack of nutrition. If this is the case, you may need a full system cleanse. We recommend the following detox:

  • Start the detox with one or two days of an exclusively fruit-and-vegetable diet (raw or steamed).
  • For 15 days, you will want to take 3 to 4 cups of some sort of purifying infusion (dandelion, milk thistle, edible burdock, salix alba or white widow, natural analgesics, etc.)
  • After the initial two weeks, your diet should continue to be rich in fruits, vegetables and other legumes. Keep it low in proteins and animal fats, and avoid refined foods and salt. You should try to keep a diet as alkaline as possible, as fatigue is known to acidify our bodies.

Our diet should include foods rich in magnesium such as fish, apples, apricots, bananas, figs, peaches, nuts, alfalfa and buckwheat. 

Malic acid is another fundamental part of the diet. We can easily add this to our menu as a supplement or simply by consuming an apple a day!

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In addition, we recommend eating foods such as wheat germ, honey, oats and noni or Indian mulberry.

In some cases, there may be certain food allergies or sensitivities that you should keep in mind. The most common sensitivities are gluten and lactose.

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Other recommendations

Another issue to be aware of, as it may have a strong influence on the condition, is the presence of intestinal parasites. We should take steps to avoid constipation (via adequate consumption of fiber), maintain the proper bacterial balance in our intestines and take specific supplements.

We always recommend consulting a specialist before attempting any new supplement.

In general, we should adapt our lifestyle to have more healthy habits, no matter which systemic imbalance we have: anemia, constipation, insomnia, etc. If we can improve our daily ailments, then our general health and well-being will also improve.

Light exercise, such as walking, stretching or yoga, and various other therapies like reiki, light massages, or cupping therapy, can also be beneficial.

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