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Should You Be Concerned about Fibromyalgia and Drinking Water? | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

Should You Be Concerned about Fibromyalgia and Drinking Water?


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Right from a young age you will probably have been told how important it is to drink lots of water, especially during playtime or when it was hot. As you grew older, you may have kicked the drinking water habit, in favor of sodas, coffees and alcohol. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and drinking water is no longer part of your daily routine, then you may be missing out on the healing benefits water can bring.

To understand why you should drink water, you need to understand why your body needs water. Blood is made up of 90% water, your muscles 75% and bone has water content of 25%. Your body needs water to function and without sufficient water your body struggles to perform all its necessary tasks, like flushing toxins from the system and lubricating your cells.

So, how does drinking water effect fibromyalgia symptoms?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is made up of several debilitating symptoms. People who suffer from fibromyalgia have intense joint and muscle pains, disturbed or easily disrupted sleep, frequent headaches and can be plagued by irritable bowel syndrome. According to several studies, people with fibromyalgia may also have lower levels of magnesium and zinc in their bodies.

Water can help reduce these symptoms in a number of ways. Researchers have found that fatigue and headaches can be caused by not keeping the body sufficiently hydrated, so its important to keep your water intake up to help relieve these two symptoms.

Your immune system requires water to work at optimum levels. Having a healthy immune system will put less stress on the body and in turn may ease fibromyalgia symptoms.

We tend to lose around 10 cups of fluid a day through sweating, urinating and in bowel movements. All this fluid needs to be replaced to ensure the body is not put under further stress.

By drinking water, these levels can be restored to normal, and the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be eased.

However, you may need to be careful over your choice of water. In a paper called The Cause of Fibromyalgia, author Jason A Uttley raises the question over fibromyalgia being linked to too much fluoride in the body as the symptoms of fluoride poisoning and fibromyalgia are almost identical.

Fluoride is found in almost all tap water and so he advocates drinking only pure water instead and eliminating other sources of fluoride, such as swapping to non-fluoride toothpaste.

Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure you are getting your water quota each day:

Drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day, more if the weather is hot or you work up a sweat.

Avoid diuretics, such as coffee, colas and tea. Diuretics can make your body lose water easily, and can act as stimulants. Caffeine can also remove magnesium from the body, a vital mineral that helps to control muscle cramps.

If you do drink a caffeinated beverage for whatever purpose, make up for each cup by drinking two glasses of water. This will keep your body hydrated and help to flush toxins through.

Avoid alcoholic beverages. These can also act as diuretics, especially if you are on a low carbohydrate diet.
There are many ways to ease the pain associated with fibromyalgia and drinking water is only one method to help you.

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4 Responses

  1. Christy Simonds
    December 6th, 2007 | 9:25 pm

    Being oversensative to meds I have had to return to basicis and natural remedies. This makes me very sensative to dietary changes and how they make me feel. I have noticed a huge difference when I increase the water daily. And I have noticed a huge difference in different brands of bottled water. Not all bottled waters are the same.

  2. Gary
    December 7th, 2007 | 6:46 pm

    Thanks so much for your note on H2O! I have had Fibro since 1994. I’ve also a background in both complementary care as well as alopathic having served as a National Training Director for several Pharmaceutical companies. In 1983 a learned friend told me something very disturbing about water. Since we both lived at the time around the Great Lakes, our common tap water obviously came from the lakes. As he pointed out, there have been SO MANY toxic chemicals dumped into the lakes including heavy metals etc for so many years, that now the lakes themselves were becoming a kind of chemistry experiment in a random natural way. Compounds were being observed that had never been made nor naturally conceived. The chemicals were randomly developing in the drinking water. These are not removable by standard municipal water treatement. I immediatly started drinking spring water, then distilled water and for many years now, RO (reverse osmosis) water. I have more energy, better sleep and less pain - there is no doubt. When I stray and drink fountain drinks made with municipal water, I immediatly feel lethargic and in mild pain. My children, the youngest is now almost 20, have been raised on only good water. They have to be EXTREMELY thirsty to drink tap water as they can taste the crap. If you have doubts, take a large pot and fill it with tap water and boil it to nothing. Check out the residue in the bottom. You’ll likely find a toxic mix that you would only feed to rats, yet, that is what we consider potable drinking water.

    The other issue that you might want to address is the containers that are sold for special waters. If the container can be distorted such as the soft plastic ones, it will give off ‘plasticizers’ into the water. The more pure the water, the easier it sucks out toxins. That is why I don’t visit people’s houses and then use my RO water in their teapots etc. the built-up residue of toxins will be stripped out and deposted in my drink! I have such an awareness of toxic plasticizers that if water sits in one of these flex plastic containers for even ten minutes, I can taste it and find it undrinkable. The best containers are glass with polycarbonate a close second. The hard plastic clear bluish containers that are sold for spring water and the like are just fine.
    Hope these comments help.
    I’m enjoying your notes, keep ‘em coming!
    Cheers,
    Gary Pesowski
    Texas and Ontario

  3. Robert LaFave
    December 13th, 2007 | 11:18 pm

    I need to know why when you have Fibromyalgia your legs swell up all the time, also any research into getting a gut when you have Fibro and it doesn’t go away??

  4. December 14th, 2007 | 5:07 pm

    Hi Gary

    Thanks for your great comments regarding the general standards (poor!) of drinking water. Your point about containers and ‘plasticizers’ is spot on - thanks for raising it.

    Robert
    It’s unlikely you’d find swollen legs on a list of fibro symptoms. I would suggest you visit your doctor to rule out any other health reasons for the swelling.
    If you’ve already done that and there is no reason for the swelling then its possible that muscle cramping may be reducing blood flow into and out of your legs.
    Try doing some stretching exercises to relieve any muscle tightness, elevate your legs where possible, avoid crossing your legs or standing for too long.
    However, the important thing is to visit your doctor and rule out any other causes for the swelling first.

    Weight gain does seem to be linked to fibromyalgia. This is to do with hormone imbalances that can slow the metabolism, increase weight and make the excess weight hard to shift.

    Also the sleep disturbances that are common in sufferers can not only lead to fatigue but also trigger over eating.

    Have you checked your meds too? Some meds that are commonly prescribed to fibromyalgia sufferers list weight gain as a side effect.

    The key is to follow a healthy diet, try and get as much exercise as you can manage and be aware of what you’re eating.

    Take a look at the following links for tips on diet and eating habits:

    http://eliminatefibromyalgia.com/blog/2007/04/12/10-tips-for-your-fibromyalgia-diet/

    http://eliminatefibromyalgia.c.....ia-diet-2/

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