Although there is no perfect diet for everyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nutrients can help our symptoms. There is a lot of talk about supplements here, which are a great way to ensure that you get consistent daily amounts, but it is also important to make sure that you eat the right foods. I start this week’s diet series looking at the nutritional value of different foods and how they can be beneficial.
Inside the Banana
Bananas are probably best known for being rich in potassium – there are about 400 mg in a medium size. If you complain of leg cramps at night, your doctor will probably tell you to eat a banana before bed. Why is that? Potassium is important for muscle function, including contraction. It is crucial for heart health, digestive and skeletal. Potassium is also an electrolyte, which means it helps to conduct electricity around your body.
These are all good reasons for us to get enough potassium. If you have problems with absorption, sweating a lot, eating large amounts of salt or having frequent diarrhea, you may be at risk of potassium deficiency.
But potassium is not the only important thing in a banana peel – this fruit also contains magnesium and malic acid, as many doctors recommend our muscle pain and tenderness. They also help your body produce energy.
Do you think you need to eat fish to get essential fatty acids?
You may be surprised to know that bananas contain both omega 3 and omega 6.
Bananas against potassium supplements
Potassium supplements at higher doses than it is multi-vitamins, come with several warnings and should be taken under the supervision of your doctor. If you are on NSAIDs or ACE inhibitors, they may interact poorly with your medication.
It is generally considered best to get potassium from natural sources.
Food sources of potassium do not come with the same dangers. With banana, you can get apricots potassium, melon, grape, peas, beans, potatoes, fish and beef liver.
If you are on a low carb or diabetic diet, a banana may not be the right choice for you – they have about 25-30 carbohydrates, or 2 diabetic exchanges. For a snack, however, you may be able to combine a banana with a good source of protein like peanut butter or peanut butter.
Benefits of bananas
Bananas are a quick, easy snack, which can help your muscles function properly, support heart health, aid digestion, prevent dehydration and more. They are simple to get a boost of nutrients that help relieve symptoms without taking supplements and perhaps entering dangerously high amounts means. In addition, banana allergies are rare.
Personally, I ate bananas when my muscles are tense and painful, and also for horses Charlie, and they seem to help.