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Using Whole Foods to Promote Balance with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Posted Jun 18 2013 3:44pm
Anti-inflammatory foods

Some Whole Foods Reduce Inflammation

I recently shared about my journey to a long-time question regarding the amount of pain I felt on a daily basis. Through that seemingly never ending journey and quite a few “You are just making excuses.” or “Psych yourself out of feeling pain, it’s all in your head.” statements, I found immense relief in knowing there was a name for what was happening in my body.

Something tangible. Something real. Something that was not made up or ‘in my head.’ And it was is a broad spectrum syndrome that I can only begin to explain with how it relates to my own body — and the outward signs I see in my children. I am just at the tip of the fountain of knowledge with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – and I have so much more to learn.

While I have never been a person who accepted prescription medications as the means to correct a health issue, I have had to accept their place in my life at this moment. Those medications reduce the amount of pain I feel from an 7, 8, or 9 down to a 5 or 6. It’s not much, but it does allow my mind to absorb the information I study, to make clear choices when working with my physicians as a team, and how I can incorporate whole foods to enhance my body and provide the balance I, and others with chronic pain, need.

Smoothies to the rescue!

With the hypermobility aspects of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome affecting virtually every joint in my body (even my ribs move out of place and they aren’t a joint), I often find myself struggling to eat many raw foods. Smoothies play a huge role in my ability to continue eating whole foods to fuel my body on a cellular level without causing my jaw to dislocate or lock.

All of the smoothies I’m drinking right now are done with intent to add certain qualities those foods possess into my body. Some of the key fruits and vegetables included with my smoothies are:

  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • Flaxseed

Many of the foods listed above are rich in Omega 3′s. Even though I am focusing on these areas to reduce the swelling in my body, I am very careful to watch the amount I take in and balance it with Omega 6 to ensure my body is balanced.

Whole foods are instrumental in helping my body reach optimum performance in conjunction with some fast-acting medications that allow my day-to-day functions continue while I strike the balance I need between pharmaceutical help and natural health.

What foods are your go-to for pain and inflammation? 



Mysti Reutlinger is an Author and inspiration in how she views life’s greatest challenges. You can follow Mysti as she shares about her experiences in losing a child, climbing out of the grief fog, and raising two incredible children at .



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