DIET AND FYBROMYALGIA
We all know how important a well-balanced diet is for staying healthy. Eating the right foods, watching proportions, and staying away from processed foods with high chemical and artificial ingredients are going to make a difference in the quality of life you experience. If you are an individual suffering from the symptoms of fybromyalgia, your diet plays an important part of how well you cope with the condition.
Many people have overcome their fybromyalgic symptoms by changing their lifestyle and diet. One woman, May Moeller, who is an author and spokeswoman on fybromyalgia, enjoys a remission from her symptoms by removing certain foods completely from her diet. She suggests that these four foods be removed permanently from the diet of a person with fybromyalgia:
- Carbonated drinks
Along with these four foods, Mary suggests that the person also participate in stretching, exercising, and drinking eight or more glasses a water each day. She is a co-author of the book The Fybromyalgia Nutrition Guide and goes into a lot more detail of how to combat this condition through nutrition. Here are 12 other foods to avoid so that you can fight fatigue and feel your best:
- High fat dairy foods
- White sugar and white flour
- Fried foods
- Preservatives, junk food, and salt
- Red meat (especially processed in any way with nitrites, salt-cured, smoked, cured bacon)
- Coffee, caffeinated teas
- Colas, soda pops, carbonated beverages
- Liquid with your meals
- All forms of tobacco
- Prolonged exposure to the sun
- Nutrasweet and saccharine
LOOKING CLOSER AT SOME FOODS TO AVOID
Caffeine is a diuretic. That means that you have to drink more water because the caffeine causes you to lose water. In fact, s study at Washington State University found that caffeine will cause people to lose calcium in their urine faster than they are supposed to. Caffeine also puts stress of the adrenal glands and liver. Patients with fybromyalgia may have adrenal malfunction because of chronic stress and inadequate nutrition. Avoiding caffeine in coffee and other caffeinated drinks would be a wise lifestyle choice.
Sugar is another food to avoid. When the body consumes a lot of sugar, it puts a lot of stress on the adrenal glands. Adrenalin released from the adrenal glands penalizes the body and can cause severe symptoms. Also, burning too much sugar depletes the body of B vitamins, other vitamins, and minerals.
Finely processed foods, caffeine, sugar, salt, junk food, highly processed starches, additives, preservatives, and highly acidic foods will have a detrimental effect on the body. They tend to lead to a compromised immune system, which is a common effect of the fybromyalgic patient.
Most fybromyalgic patients are sensitive to foods, drugs, chemicals, and pollutants in the environment. Therefore, avoiding foods loaded with preservatives, additives, salt, sugar, food colorings, and other processed foods will keep the body from exposure to any more harmful substances than is necessary.
Chocolate should also be avoided for its high fat content and the caffeine. Most fybromyalgic patients are chocoholics. Avoiding high fat in the diet could result in more energy. Even the dietary chocolate is not recommended because of the fat content. A low fat diet is the best for those with fybromyalgia.
Although acidic foods affect people with arthritis, some fybromyalgic patients also complain that many acidic foods affect their joint pain. Therefore, an alkaline diet is recommended. Foods that are high in acid include:
Other foods that affect the increase joint pain are red meat, dairy products, sugar, salt, brown wheat and white wheat flour, coffee, and chocolate. Clearly, it is important to eat a whole food diet.
Since every fybromyalgic patient is different, you need to keep a food diary and write down everything that you eat and also any fybromyalgic pains that you experience. Using this diary over time will help you distinguish the food triggers that cause your particular fybromyalgia.
Some fybromyalgic patients have a low tolerance for carbohydrates. This means that too many carbs cause problems metabolizing carbohydrates, inability to lose weight, fatigue, carbohydrate cravings, and worsening symptoms. Excess carbohydrates will be stored as fatty acids in muscle and liver, and cause the patient to gain excess weight. It is like an unending cycle.
There are many nutritional diet plans that can help fybromyalgic patients. Generally speaking, a low carbohydrate, high protein diet is recommended. However, each person is different so you need to experiment to see which foods you can tolerate and which ones are triggers for your fybromyalgic pain. Some believe that a 30/30/40 percentage of carbohydrate, fat, and protein work best for the fybromyalgic patient in terms of energy and pain reduction.
Other helpful tips include using a juicer to juice up raw vegetables and fruits. These raw foods have enzymes and antioxidants that give the body energy, health, and longevity. Also, adding fish rich in omega-3 will give your body a boost in energy and health. Some types of fish with high omega-3s are salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
Incorporating a healthy, balanced diet is important for any person, but especially for those who suffer from fybromyalgia. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants attained with good, un-processed, real foods will help relieve the symptoms of fybromyalgia and give you back a quality lifestyle.