Fibromyalgia is a disease that stimulates the nerve endings of the body, making them feel sensitive and painful. Lyrica and Cymbalta are two drugs prescribed by doctors in a hope to combat the symptoms of the disease.
For those who suffer with fibromyalgia, the prognosis of paying hundreds of dollars a month for these pills is not very appealing. Many of them have looked for holistic solutions that may offer some form of relief.
When we go to the doctor or other medical personnel for sicknesses they will try to prescribe some form of antibodies or medical cure to combat our ailments.
They usually prescribe some sort of prescription medication; in some cases, they completely overlook the holistic options available to us for one reason or another. There are actually a number of different holistic options to explore.
One thing that has gained more popularity is the prospect of adding probiotics to our diets. So what exactly is a probiotic? Well, if you have had any type of medical treatment in the past, you may have heard of the term antibiotic.
Well a probiotic is the opposite of an antibiotic. A probiotic is a substance found in milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. It is a bacteria, but not just any type of bacteria. It is a bacterium that we as human beings need to consume in order to survive.
When you look at the human body, the main part of the immune system can be found in the gastrointestinal tract. Here resides millions upon millions of good bacteria that combat many of the illnesses that we deal with on a daily basis. Keeping this tract healthy is imperative to our overall health and physical survival.
To increase our bacterial count in the gastrointestinal tract, doctors strongly suggest consuming supplements and or dairy products on a daily basis that will help build up our bacterial count. When we have a strong bacterial count then infections and disease don’t stand a chance.
How do probiotics help with fibromyalgia?
Those who suffer from fibromyalgia frequently suffer from other disorders as well. Many people with Fibromyalgia also suffer from a disease known as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.
Other conditions associated with the disease are depression, chronic fatigue, lupus, chronic headaches, and many more. With such a wide range of medical conditions that come with fibromyalgia, it’s important that we take care of many of them at the same time.
When you consume probiotics, your body is able to digest food more smoothlybecause it adds in good bacteria. When food is broken down and digested more smoothly, the other systems in the body are able to digest the nutrients more easily.
This,in turn, creates more helpful bacteria that fights off bad bacteria,which then starts a cycle throughout the body, affecting every system and ailment you may have.
How to choose the right probiotics
When choosing how to consume probiotics, you may be amazed at some of the sources that you can find them in. Some of these sources may not be suitable for everyone, but here are seven choices that contain probiotics that you can add to your diet in order to help fight off the issues related to fibromyalgia.
This is something that I was shocked at. Ginger beer was developed in the early 1800’s in England. Considered non-alcoholic because of its low alcohol content, ginger beer, when consumed, helps add probiotics to your system.
Back in1995, Snapple came out with their own version of the drink; and beverages containing Ginger Beer can still be purchased in stores around the globe.
Kefir is a tangy beverage with a yogurt type consistency. Created by adding milk to the Kefir grain, this beverage contains on average 11 grams of probiotics per cup, as well as an assortment of other vitamins and minerals.
This is a spiced fermented vegetable dish popular in Korea. It can be found in Asian grocery stores, as well as in popular Asian markets. Generally served with noodles or in a stir fry, many Asians consume Kimchi on a daily basis in order to promote probiotic health.
Originating from China, Kombucha is made by fermenting black tea. With its 2000 year history, many Chinese swear by its ability to stimulate good digestive health.
The beverage can be found in local grocery stores or can be made on your own, if you wish by purchasing a home brewing kit.
Miso is a Japanese spice that, when cooked with food or eating by itself, helps in the production of probiotics. Miso can be made by fermenting soy beans with salt.
When you consume Miso, you will discover that it has a tangy salty flavor to it. When consuming Miso, you should add it to soups and stews for the most impact.
Sauerkraut is a staple in many American households. Traditionally consumed on hot dogs and other pork products, sauerkraut helps to build up probiotics in your gut.
When eating sauerkraut, you will want to eat it in its natural state. Consuming sauerkraut that has been pasteurized will not work as well, because it will have lost its bacterial producing qualities.
Yogurt is probably the most popular way to consume probiotics. Yogurt is made by adding bacteria to milk products such as cow milk, soy milk, and, in some cases, other lesser known types of milk (almond, etc).
When looking for the best yogurt with the highest level of probiotics, you want to see the words “Live and Active Cultures” on the packaging; this indicates that the cultures in the yogurt are alive and able to produce.
Finding a healthy alternative to treating Fibromyalgia is always a good way for you to go. Locating additional foods and supplements that contain probiotics is also very wise.
No one needs to live in pain and finding healthy alternative to medications will not only keep your body healthy but prevent withdrawals and side effects.