Dealing with Fibromyalgia through Diet

Dealing with Fibromyalgia through Diet

 

1126932_83326645For 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!

 

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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.

2. Cut Down on the Dairy
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.

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3. Load up on Vitamin D
A diet rich in Vitamin D is essential with respect to managing Fibromyalgia symptoms. The symptoms commonly associated with a deficiency in vitamin D very closely resemble those associated with Fibromyalgia. In order to avoid exacerbating the bone and musclepain associated with your Fibromyalgia, try adding to your diet foods that are rich in Vitamin D. Try to avoid the seemingly easy solution of taking a Vitamin D supplement, as our bodies are better able to process these vitamins in their natural food-based form. 

 

Resources

Canadian Women’s Health Network – Fibromyalgia

http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/40784

 

The Arthritis Society – Fibromyalgia

http://www.arthritis.ca/page.aspx?pid=928

 

Canadian Pain Society – Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia

http://www.canadianpainsociety.ca/pdf/Fibromyalgia_Guidelines_2012.pdf

 

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