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Living With Chronic Illness ~ Tips

Living with a chronic illness is never easy. It is painful and tasking, both physically and emotionally. For those who struggle with fibromyalgia or cancer, recovery and coping can be trying. But with the right kind of diet, you can boost your immune system, speed your recovery, and maintain a balanced and tasty dietary lifestyle. Be sure to try peaches, soursop, and prunes.


Peaches, members of the rose family, are a great source of potassium. Potassium helps our bodies to achieve balances in electrolyte and fluid levels. It increases our metabolisms and improves healthy muscle contraction and nerve signaling, possibly offering relief to fibromyalgia patients. Peaches help to fight cancer through their high levels of vitamin A and C. They are full of beta carotene, an antioxidant that can also lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and improve the look of skin.


Also known as the gaviola or the Guaynabo, the soursop may be capable of attacking and eliminating cancer cells. High in fructose, potassium, fiber, and vitamins C, B1, and B2, soursop is delicious in smoothies and of course, as a natural fruit source. According to studies performed by the American Cancer Institute, those suffering from pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, neoplasm, and mesothelioma symptoms have seen cancer cells disappear without the negative side effects of traditional treatment of chemotherapy.


Prunes may be one of the best sources for beta carotene antioxidants. These antioxidants function by neutralizing cell’s free radicals. Free radicals, or oxidants, are responsible for oxidation in the cells. This is a process similar to the rusting of metal, and causes heart disease, cancer, and many other ailments. The antioxidants in prunes balance free radicals, thus preventing or lessening the risk and effects of cancer and other illnesses.

Keep in mind that a fruity diet should never supersede your doctor’s orders and recommendations. Speak with your doctor about adding the right fruits to your diet. Fibromyalgia and cancer don’t have to hold you down forever. If you keep healthy fruits like prunes, soursop, and peaches nearby, you may be even closer to success than you thought.

Article Written by Krista Peterson

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    Fantastic post!

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