Olivia Munn is bravely revealing her diagnosis.
The 40-year-old actress opened up about having fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disorder causes “widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.”
About the time before her diagnosis, Olivia told People, “I wasn’t really sure what was going on with me. I was going through a lot of different ailments for years and not knowing what was happening.”
“I had to change my wellness routine pretty significantly,” she added. “I had to be super thoughtful about what I put into my body. I had to start eating gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free –; I had to cut out a lot of things that I was used to having every day and things that I really loved.”
“My situation was at a place where it was like, ‘You’re either going to go down a path where you’re going to get multiple autoimmune diseases, or you have to stop now and we can try to get you better,’ ” Olivia added. “It was like, ‘These are your choices.’ And so I had no choice, I was feeling so bad. I had to really listen to the doctor’s orders and cut all these things out.”
Click inside to see the advice Olivia’s doctor gave her, plus how she’s doing today…
“He said, ‘You need to really work on your gut health, but the most important thing I can tell you is that whatever you eat, you need to really love it. It’s not just about eating the healthy things and you’re not liking it. You have to find what you love to eat and drink because that will make a difference, because all the research has shown that when you’re happy, you create chemicals that are good for your whole body and your gut health as well. When you are unhappy and you’re doing things that you don’t like, you’re eating things you don’t like, you will create other things in your body that are not good for you. In order to keep yourself healthy, you have to find things that you enjoy,’ ” she continued. “That was so impactful for me.”
Olivia now practices regular meditation, drinks three liters of water a day, and follows her strict diet.
“It’s under control as long as I continue to work out and as long as I eat healthy and stick to the restrictions and meditate,” she said. “Those are the really important things.”
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