Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Some experts have noticed that many additional health conditions are affecting fibromyalgia patients, including gluten intolerance, gout, and restless leg syndrome. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, removing sugar, gluten, MSG, caffeine, and dairy from your diet may help to relieve symptoms. While there is a blood test some doctors use to determine if a patient has this disease, not much is known on the treatment and possible cure for fibromyalgia. Most treatments resort to treating the symptoms. There are only a few medications FDA approved to treat this illness. 1 is used as a general pain reliever for several different disorders. The other two might fall under the category of “anti-depression” medication. Always consult your doctor for a professional opinion.
Similar to migraine headaches, and chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia is sometimes shrugged off and not taken seriously by friends, family, and even some physicians. If you read around on some blogs and forums however, it seems many people are experiencing debilitating pain and discomfort, to the point of needing to quit jobs and drop out of school.
A great way to relieve symptoms is to try this soup recipe that combines natural pain relief foods such as ginger and turmeric into one tasty dish. It is easy to make!
Fibromyalgia Relief Soup Recipe:
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp powdered ginger
- 2 tbsp powdered turmeric
- 4 cups sodium-free veggie broth
- 2 stalks of scallions
At the stovetop, add coconut oil and powdered ginger. When the coconut oil and ginger are well combined, add the veggie broth. Bring to a boil Reduce the heat, and add the powdered turmeric. Add sliced scallions. It is finished! Transfer to a bowl and enjoy! Want a creamier soup? Steam a potato pureed in a blender with a little broth, and add it to your soup as it boils. Add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and some black pepper for a sweet, mild heat. Add extra flavor with steamed vegetables like carrots, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: up to 1 hour
We have already discussed the benefits of eating carrots. In this recipe we go for savory over sweet by using garlic, basil and hot pepper combined with almond butter to produce a soup that can be used as a main course and served with a whole grain bread and salad to round out the meal.
Garlic, is full of antioxidants and anti-bacterial, and antiviral properties. Garlic is an immune system booster, an acne reducer, and aids weight control. Garlic’s high sulfur content helps reduce inflammation by inhibiting the enzymes that cause inflammation.
4 cups chopped carrots
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp Korean or Vietnamese red chili paste
1 Tbsp. minced Thai cinnamon basil
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 8 oz. can coconut cream, unsweetened
1 tsp. whole sugar
1-2 cups water