Although there is no perfect diet for everyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nutrients can help our symptoms. There is much talk here of supplements, which are a great way to ensure you get consistent daily amounts, but it is also important to make sure you eat the right foods. I start a diet this week 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 the contraction. It is crucial for heart health, digestive and skeletal. Potassium is also an electrolyte, which means it helps conduct electricity around your body.
These are all good reasons for us to get enough potassium. If you have problems with absorption, sweat a lot, eat large amounts of salt or have frequent diarrhea, you may be at risk of potassium deficiency.
But potassium is not the only important thing in a banana skin – this fruit also contains magnesium and malic acid, as many doctors recommend to 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 might be surprised to learn that bananas contain both omega 3 and omega 6.
Bananas vs. potassium supplements
Potassium supplements in higher doses than is multi-vitamins, come with several caveats and should be taken under the supervision of your doctor. If you are on NSAIDs or ACE inhibitors, they can interact poorly with your medication.
It is generally considered best to get potassium from natural sources.
Potassium food sources do not come with the same dangers. With the banana, you can get potassium apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, 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 might be able to combine a banana with a good source of proteins like peanuts or peanut butter.
Benefits of bananas
Bananas are a quick snack mobile, easy, which can help your muscles work properly, support heart health, helps digestion, prevent dehydration and more. They are simple to get a boost of nutrients that help relieve symptoms without taking supplements and perhaps enter dangerously high amounts means. In addition, the banana allergies are rare.
Personally, I ate bananas when my muscles are tense and painful, and also for charlie horses, and they seem to help.