Nutritional Intake & Fibromyalgia
You know the old saying “you are what you eat”. Well believe it or not that applies to Fibromyalgia sufferers more than ever these days. Not only is watching the nutritional intake more of a holistic form of treatment for Fibromyalgia, but studies have shown that there is proof in the pudding so to speak (sorry for the pun!). There are most certainly specific foods which should be either avoided or added to the diet of a Fibromyalgia sufferer in order to decrease symptoms, and there are also supplements which can go alongside a healthy diet in order to give even greater results for relief.
There are some items which can be added to the diet of a Fibromyalgia sufferer in order to help decrease symptoms. Some of those are:
- Fruits & Vegetables are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals which can aid in reducing the symptoms of obesity, IBS, as well as autoimmune disorders which many Fibromyalgia sufferers battle.
- Foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids possess chemicals that decrease inflammation. This of course is beneficial to Fibromyalgia sufferers because these foods can help to reduce joint issues as well as muscle inflammation symptoms.
- Lean Protein when combined with a low carbohydrate diet can help to keep glucose levels under control which can aid in lessening fatigue, one of the top symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Items to Avoid
Just as there are food items which should be added to the diet to help decrease symptoms, there are also certain food items which should be avoided, or at least decreased in order to help alleviate symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Those foods include:
- Caffeine should be avoided because it has been shown to exacerbate the problems and symptoms of Fibromyalgia. At first caffeine can give an individual an extra “boost” but once the caffeine begins to wear off it can trigger headaches and/or interfere with sleep which will both negatively affect Fibromyalgia sufferers.
- Artificial Sweeteners is another on the list of items to avoid for Fibromyalgia sufferers. Especially items like aspartame or saccharine (which are both chemical based) because they tend to have negative effects on Fibromyalgia sufferers.
- Preservatives & Colorings is another additive which tends to negatively affect Fibromyalgia sufferers and should be avoided where possible.
Supplements are a vital part of nutrition when it comes to Fibromyalgia sufferers. Many of the supplements listed below have been proven in multiple studies to help decrease the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, and when supplements are used alongside a proper diet even more benefits can be attained for Fibromyalgia relief.
- Vitamin D – Research has shown that Vitamin D can help with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In fact, one study shows that Fibromyalgia sufferers have lower levels of Vitamin D. So, increasing Vitamin D can help to lessen the symptoms.
- Magnesium – Aids in relief from Fibromyalgia because when taken as an additional supplement it aids in reducing the muscle spasms, weakness, and back pain that are commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
- Fish Oil – Has omega-3 fatty acids which are known as an anti-inflammatory property which makes it an excellent source for reducing the pain of Fibromyalgia.
- Ribose – Fibromyalgia is often exacerbated by tight muscles. Ribose can help to ease this pain because Ribose can help to loosen those muscles and help improve the devastating symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
- SAMe – Is required for immune function and plays a key role in the forming of cartilage and DNA. Research shows that SAMe can lessen the symptoms of chronic pain as well as boost an individual’s spirits (good for individual’s experiencing depression).
- B-Complex Vitamins – All of the B- Complex vitamins (Folic Acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamine) can help to lessen inflammation that causes painful symptoms, these vitamins can also help to maintain muscle tone which is an added bonus Fibromyalgia sufferers.
- Brown Seaweed Extract – Research is demonstrating that Brown Seaweed extract is highly successful in the battle against chronic pain. Studies show that taking Brown Seaweed extract can reduce joint pain and stiffness by as much as 52% and individuals notice these benefits within only one week of treatment.
- 5-HTP – Studies show that individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia reported a significant decrease in their tender points as well as the amount of pain they were experiencing on a daily basis when 5-HTP was used. Other benefits noted were improvements in sleep, morning stiffness, anxiety, as well as fatigue.