Diet makes a huge difference in controlling fibro symptoms. Without proper nutrients, the body will eventually allow fibromyalgia to run rampant. Furthermore, pharmaceuticals often fail in the face of controlling symptoms because so little is known about the disease. It’s estimated that well under half the current drugs on the market help fibromyalgia sufferers. Therefore, more people are turning to food as a way to control their symptoms. A few simple diet tweaks that actually taste good means the difference between thriving and barely surviving. They are not difficult to implement at all:
Eat More Fish
Fibromyalgia pain sufferers definitely benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon. Omega-3′s reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular strength, but they also help ease joint stiffness and pain. If you just can’t stand fish, try eating walnuts or adding flaxseed to things like cereal and yogurt for the same Omega-3 boost. But, eating all three would be even better.
Nix the Caffeine
Quitting caffeine feels like saying “goodbye” to your best friend, but in the long run, it pays off tremendously. The nervous system in a fibro patient is already hyped-up more than normal, and caffeine adds to this. It also keeps the sleep deprivation cycle going, because if you try to make up for a lack of sleep with coffee, it results in a lack of sleep. Better to avoid it all together.
Up Your Vitamin D Intake
A lack of vitamin D results in pain even for people who don’t have fibromyalgia, so imagine how much more painful it will be if you don’t get enough of the sunny stuff. The best way to up your Vitamin D levels is by taking supplements. Other sources include milk (if it doesn’t irritate the IBS), lean meats, fortified cereals, and fortified orange juice.
Keep it Natural
Fibro sufferers are especially sensitive to additives, because of their hypersensitive nervous systems. Some additives even result in neurons that amp up pain. If they suffer from IBS, additives make that worse, too. Cutting down on artificial sweeteners and things like MSG should help.
Hopefully, these diet rules make a positive change in how you feel. As the old saying goes, you are what you eat.
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