I’ve recently reconnected with a distant cousin whom I haven’t seen since I was a child (thanks internet and Facebook messenger!) and she also has Fibromyalgia. It’s been so great to see what works for her and what doesn’t, so we can compare notes and things to try.
She recommended kefir and describes it as a supercharged probiotic which can help the gut problems often associated with Fibromyalgia. “Kefir grains contain about 30 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a very rich and diverse probiotic source.”
There’s a heap of research in the gut and microbiome connection to many illnesses.
There are those that swear by nutritional supplements and those who believe they are basically sawdust. I have always taken supplements, namely magnesium and have tried others on and off. It’s a game of trial and error as we are all unique in our symptoms, deficiencies and how we got sick.
I have also been astounded by the difference in my energy levels since December when I added two nutritional supplements in particular.
The first is iron – I have managed to get my iron levels up to 70! The bare minimum line is 12 and I have always hovered at 20 (yes, I eat meat and dark leafy greens!), my GP and I were aiming for 80. The range is huge, 12-150 nanograms per milliliter of blood for women. But living on the bottom end clearly didn’t help me. I had an injection of iron in December and then took a low dose iron supplement daily after that. I can’t handle the prescription ones as they upset my system.
The second, is the Energy Revitalization Formula, which I wrote about recently. This has the B vitamin group, and B12 is particularly useful for energy. It also has the other usual vitamins (including a good dose of vitamin C), magnesium, iodine, calcium, and a range of amino acids that if you Googled them and their health benefits you’d consider trying them on their own. All in a handy powder.
Nutrition and eating well appears to be very useful in Fibromyalgia, and I would tend to agree with the physicians who believe we need extra doses of some vitamins. I can’t seem to keep my iron and other important vitamin levels up through diet alone.
Have you found nutritional supplements to be helpful? What do you recommend when people ask what works for you?