10 Foods and Habits to Fight Fibromyalgia

Posted on January 23rd, 2010 by admin  |  15 Comments »

Fibromyalgia or fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a very common form of chronic pain and is one of the most pervasive diseases, affecting almost 10 million Americans or 5 percent of the population.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, making it difficult to treat. Fibromyalgia symptoms include depression, fatigue, muscle and tissue pain, and sleep disturbances. Medication for this condition, like Lyrica, usually reduces symptoms by only about 30 to 50 percent.

Many fibromyalgia patients reported that some foods tend to aggravate their symptoms. According to the National Fibromyalgia Research Association, certain foods have the potential to irritate your muscles and cause problems to your immune system. And so it can be tough for those suffering from this disease to choose and follow nutritional advice on how they should eat.

No single eating plan will work for all fibromyalgia sufferers, Dr. Joseph Mercola points out. However, Dr. Mercola believes that making simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms:

1.    Avoid processed foods to stay away from additives and preservatives.

2.    Avoid artificial sweeteners. Aspartame has been found to trigger fibromyalgia-type symptoms and make it worse, for those already suffering from the disease. Artificial sweeteners could be responsible for some or even all of your symptoms.

3.    Avoid sugar and caffeine, including soda, fruit juice and energy drinks. Drink pure, fluoride-free water instead.

4.    Consume coconuts and coconut oil. Coconut has been found to be beneficial to people suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and hypothyroidism.

5.    Eat fresh, organic, whole fruits and vegetables that are as close to their natural state as possible. Whole fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help anti-inflammatory benefits. Go for those deep oranges, reds, purples and greens because generally, the more colorful the produce, the better. Eat as many raw foods as possible. Cooking food in temperatures above 118 degrees F destroys enzymes and nutrients, which is why Mercola personally tries to eat at least 80 percent of his food raw.

6.    Eliminate or strictly limit your alcohol intake.

7.    Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the most effective fibromyalgia treatment methods.

8.    Get more sleep. Having a regular sleeping habit can help greatly boost your energy, improve your mood and reduce pain.

9.    Optimize your omega-3 fat levels. Long-chain animal-based omega-3 fats from fish oil or krill oil are natural pain relievers and helps decrease inflammation, joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

10.    Relax. Try meditation, yoga or a stress management tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique.

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  1. Kieth Pelligrino says on :

    Well you’ll be more hydrated and will have more energy. You might also want to start jogging or biking, you’ll see a huge difference in energy levels. =)

  2. Debra says on :

    I’m a college student and I’ve had Fibro since I was 14. I’m now 19. The best thing I’ve found for getting through crappy times like finals where stress is at its highest is to stop studying (I know, bad advice) and play games or relax somehow until the muscles in your back begin to sag again (become loose) then go back to studying with a half-full stomach.

    Also, if you want that nap, take it, even if it’s a 3-5 hour nap (and after classes or however much time you have between classes) because that nap will significantly help your body and mind. It’s counter-intuitive, but I think my nearly 4.0 GPA speaks for itself and my methods quite well. A big part of this, is of course, you MUST know yourself. I’ve cut back on a lot and I don’t kill myself with too much anymore. That’s the best thing you can do.

    Take breaks, know yourself, sleep as much as you want, and don’t worry about the results so much.

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