THE FYBRYMYALGIA DIET AND FOODS
Fybromyalgia can be a debilitating disorder. According to the American College of Rheumatology, up to 4% of Americans – mostly women – suffer from this disorder with symptoms ranging from fatigue to painful periods. Can diet help patients get a handle on this syndrome? This possibility does exist. Although researchers don’t know what causes the disease, a 2010 review of research on fibromyalgia and nutrition shows that an overall well-balanced diet helps patients manage their weight and improve symptoms.
With that in mind, there are many foods that will help patients regain overall health and, at the same time, improve symptoms. Lean proteins, fiber-rich veggies and fruits, whole grains, and good oils are just some of the foods that show real possibilities for patient’s health.
In fact, there are some really awesome recipes that patients with fybromyalgia should try. Now these don’t promise instant results. You have to understand that good health takes time to achieve and the body takes time to heal. However, getting on a good balanced diet will give healing results over time. Here are some foods to inspire those with fybromyalgia to eat properly and better manage their symptoms.
FOODS TO EAT
Halibut Roasted with Red Bell Peppers, Onions & Russet Potatoes
This fish is the perfect choice for fibro sufferers and served in this manner makes it appetizing and flavorful. Halibut is rich in magnesium, which helps the body maintain normal muscle and nerve function, according to the National Institutes of Health. A deficiency in the mineral increases muscle spasms, migraines, and more. It’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help tame inflammation.
Edamame (green soybeans) are another standout fibromyalgia food for their lean protein. They’re also a great source of magnesium – 1/2 cup has 20% of your daily needs for the mineral. Think of this dip as an Asian version of hummus, made with edamame, ginger and soy. Serve it with rice crackers and/or carrot sticks.
Hibiscus-Pomegranate Herb Tea
Everyone knows how important it is to keep lots of water or “structured water” flowing through the system. This herbal iced tea blends sour, berry-flavored hibiscus tea with sweet pomegranate juice, which is packed with antioxidants that combat cell damage. Plus, this keeps you well hydrated, which boosts muscle and joint function, and keeps your energy up.
Simple Sautéed Spinach
Spinach and other leafy greens are other magnesium winners and this food will become a speedy side dish. Sautéed spinach (or any greens) with garlic and a squeeze of lemon (or vinegar) is a simple formula that lets spinach shine and will never go out of favor. Add a sprinkling of toasted almonds, another magnesium-rich, fibromyalgia-friendly ingredient.
Quinoa & Smoked Tofu
The tangy fresh flavors of tabbouleh are added with smoky tofu and quinoa – protein- and magnesium-rich – to create a main-dish salad that’s perfect served on a bed of greens. This salad is also jam-packed with heart-healthy ingredients – whole grains (quinoa), legumes (soy-based tofu) and plenty of vegetables.
Indian Mango Dal
More than 60 different types of dal (or dhal) are made in India. The basic dish contains lentils or other legumes, which are packed with protein and fiber, helping to keep the pounds off.
Mustard Greens & Bulgur
Mustard greens are high in magnesium, and bulgur is a quick-cooking whole grain. You can also add walnuts and walnut oil, which are another source of the mineral, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
FOODS TO AVOID
As much as there are foods that will help your fybromyalgia, there are those that will make your symptoms worse. You need to avoid these foods whenever possible.
Additives and preservatives
Whenever possible, avoid any foods that have additives and preservatives. Monosodium glutamate and aspartame are two in particular to watch out for. In a small study, these two chemicals were eliminated from the diets of test subjects with fybromyalgia. At the end of the study, the subjects reported a reduction of fybromyalgia symptoms.
Those who suffer from fybromyalgia need to stay away from caffeine. This toxin will not only help worsen any sleep problems but can also have an effect on other symptoms as well. The best alternative is to try antioxidant-rich decaffeinated green tea or other herb teas.
As you can see, diet plays an important part in anyone’s health. Those will fybromyalgia need to take good care of themselves. One way to do this is to watch their diet and see to it that they consume the proper foods for their health. You are what you eat. To improve overall health as well as fibromyalgia symptoms, incorporate a well-balanced diet rich in lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and good oils. Improving your overall health will have an impact on your symptoms over time and will help your body heal.