Most people underestimate just how powerful food can be when treating any health condition. Like the Greek philosopher, Hippocrates, once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
Fibromyalgia can be greatly mitigated just by changing the food we eat. The food we consume can affects our hormones, our inflammation response and our body’s sensitivity.
The first step is knowing what foods to avoid. Sugar is right at the top of the list. Foods that contain sugar such as sodas, sweets, cakes, cookies, ice cream, etc. are best avoided. While we can occasionally indulge in them, these are not comfort foods that you should be eating daily.
Sugar causes inflammation within the body and will exacerbate fibromyalgia. It’s akin to pouring gas on a blazing fire. Artificial sweeteners are to be avoided too. These can be found in diet sodas and other foods that claim to have ‘zero sugar’ but are still sweet. Our goal should be to keep our diet as clean and natural as possible.
Try also removing commercially sold fruit juices, sodas and the golden hydrogenated food oils sold in supermarkets from your diet. All these foods are believed to make the fibromyalgia condition more painful.
You may also like to try eliminating lactose, gluten and nightshade vegetables from your diet to decipher if you have any underlying sensitivities that are exacerbating your fibromyalgia symptoms. Record what you eat and how you feel in a food journal to monitor your response to the food eliminations.
Next you want your diet to be rich in fruit and vegetables. These foods are replete in antioxidants, fiber, proteins and micronutrients that your body needs. Consider setting a goal to eat as many colorful fruit and vegetables as you can. Variety is great because it ensures that your diet is balanced and you’re getting a variety of antioxidants.
Dark leafy greens, blueberries, dark chocolate, almond butter, coconut oil, oily fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines are all fantastic foods that are highly beneficial to our body too.
Meat should be consumed in moderation. It’s best to stick to free-range chickens and grass-fed beef if you can. Of course, these will cost more, but worth every cent.
Many fibromyalgia sufferers though have found relief in becoming vegetarian or pescatarian. It’s quite a leap to go from being an omnivore to an herbivore, but if you can make the switch, you may discover that it works wonders for your condition.
To conclude, always remember that the first step to managing fibromyalgia is to review your diet, eliminate any potential foods that can trigger your symptoms and add in healthy food alternatives. This one step alone is so powerful that you may not need another step. Thousands of people have seen their fibromyalgia symptoms come under better control once they started "eating clean" and avoided the detrimental foods. You could be one of them. Do give it a try.