What Not to Eat with Fibromyalgia


Understanding Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by generalized pain and muscle soreness often supplemented by a depressed mood, sleep trouble, and constant fatigue. Many approaches to therapy exist that involve pharmaceutical medications and natural treatments (e.g. acupuncture, meditation, oral supplements, and modifications to the diet). Of these, a specific emphasis is often directed towards nutritional modifications, including full diet rehabilitation and treatments centered on segregated nutrients or supplements.

Fighting Fibromyalgia with Nutrition

The Natural Fibromyalgia Research Association states that the six primary fibromyalgia symptoms are often alleviated when fried foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed foods, and red meat are removed or minimized from your diet. The reason that reducing these foods from your diet may help is due to the likelihood that these foods have to inflame muscles and pressure the immune system. Many people allegedly benefit from removing all sugar from their diets for thirty days. The removal of sugar can noticeably decrease the desire for sweets and permits the body to enhance its sugar consumption when sugar is returned to the diet. Correspondingly, limiting fried foods, processed fatty foods, and caffeine can lessen cravings for these benefits in the same way. Purging these food items not only supplements a healthier diet, but also permits patients to determine if specific foods are affecting their fibromyalgia symptoms.

Finding Which Foods May Cause Flare-ups

To systematically determine what foods are problem inducing for fibromyalgia patients, the Elimination Diet can be employed. Elimination diets concentrate on foods that are most commonly associated with allergies and other adverse reactions (dairy products, wheat and other glutinous grains, soy and tofu, corn, eggs, peanuts, refined sugars and yeast, citrus fruits, as well as highly processed foods, preservatives, chemical additives, alcohol, caffeine, and artificial colorings and flavorings), excluding them individually or in groups. If symptoms get better by excluding a food, this strongly suggests its role in causing or worsening the condition. The food is then added back into the diet to determine if symptoms recur. To fully determine whether or not the food causes severe symptoms, it may be necessary to remove and add back foods several times.

While eliminating some theoretically problematic foods, it is also essential to supplement the diet with more fruits and vegetables, and consume less meat and more lean poultry or fish. Vegan diets may also aid in alleviating pain, improving sleep, and boosting overall health. The aforementioned changes in diet may result in positive improvements because they lessen the inflammatory consequences of diet, and boost the anti-inflammatory response.

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