Dealing with Fibromyalgia through Diet
For those suffering with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, the fatigue, anxiety and digestive symptoms can only make the pain and stiffness in the muscles worse. One of the primary triggers of tissue inflammation is what you put into your body on a daily basis, from the foods you eat to the beverages you drink, your dietary habits may be exacerbating your Fibromyalgia symptoms. One of the main things to remember is that tissue inflammation is only made worse by the acids contained within many of the foods we eat, in order to avoid inflammation acidic foods should be avoided in favour of foods that yield an alkaline surplus. We have come up with some helpful tips to begin managing your Fibromyalgia symptoms with your diet. Continue reading for our list!
1. Avoid Processed Foods
The high amounts of salt and fat that are often contained within processed foods only serve to promote in inflammation of the muscle tissues. One of the easiest ways to manage tissue inflammation is to be good to your body by making sure it has all the necessary nutrients to properly function. Diets high in processed foods provide nowhere near adequate amounts of nutrients, resulting in a consequent spark in your fibromyalgia symptoms.
Although you may assume that milk and other dairy products are good wholesome products, many dairy products contain high amountsof fat. In addition to the issue of fat content, the body often finds it difficult to assimilate the large amounts of calcium contained within dairy products. The calcium that is not properly used by the body becomes surplus and can actually contribute to inflammation and a decrease in muscle mobility.
Canadian Women’s Health Network – Fibromyalgia
The Arthritis Society – Fibromyalgia
Canadian Pain Society – Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia