One of the most difficult conditions to diagnose is also one of the most debilitating, says Dr. Mehmet Oz: It's fibromyalgia. On his Feb. 17 talk show, he explored the symptoms and cures. In addition, he revealed the best sources of fiber for weight loss and health.
Fiber can help you lose weight because it fills you up with fewer calories. It also can relieve constipation and ease digestive problems. Good sources include:
- Canned pumpkin, such as naturally sweet Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin (click for details). Our tip: Mix half a cup of this low-calorie pumpkin with one-half cup of plain Greek yogurt, a dash of cinnamon and zero-calorie sweetener such as stevia.
- GG Bran Crispbread, with just 25 calories per large cracker (click for details). Our tip: Crumble up and mix into plain oatmeal, then top with cinnamon for a filling breakfast.
- Shredded wheat cereal with strawberries, such as Post Shredded Wheat with Bran (click for details).
If you feel constantly tired, no matter how much sleep you get, and also suffer from widespread pain, you may have fibromyalgia, says Dr. Oz. Other symptoms include brain fog, depression and frequent headaches. Although no definitive tests exist, checking certain tender points on the body can determine if you might have fibromyalgia.
Press with your thumb until the nail goes white on tender points such as the neck (back and front), shoulders (top and between the shoulder blades), hips (tops and sides), below your collar bone, elbows and knees. You should feel actual pain, not just pressure.
No definitive medication exists, says Dr. Oz. However, certain measures can help.
For relief from fibromyalgia, Dr. Oz recommends:
- Exercising gently, such as stretches.
- Taking 25 mcg of B-12.
- Taking 5,000 mg 3 times per day of D5-Ribose
In addition, getting enough sleep is essential for fibromyalgia, but sleep problems can occur with this condition. Dr. Oz recommends Valerian tea, such as Yogi Bedtime Tea (click for details).
Tip: Reading in-depth about fibromyalgia can help you to manage your own journey. Click the links below to find out more about each book: