10 Foods and Habits to Fight Fibromyalgia

Posted on January 23rd, 2010 by Dr. Mercola  |  17 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.

Tags: , , ,

Responses to “10 Foods and Habits to Fight Fibromyalgia”

  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.

  3. wedding shower favors martha stewart says on :

    Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbledupon it ;
    ) I will return once again since I book-marked it. Money
    and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  4. How Drinking More Spring or Filtered Water Can Improve Every Facet of Your Health | Total Cure says on :

    disease such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple

  5. natural diet foods says on :

    With havin so much content do you ever run into any
    problems of plagorism or copyright violation?

    My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either created
    myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without
    my permission. Do you know any techniques to help protect against content from being stolen?
    I’d definitely appreciate it.

  6. depression anxiety says on :

    Hurrah, that’s what I was searching for, what
    a information! existing here at this blog, thanks admin of this website.

  7. | SCHOOL OF SMILING says on :

    disease such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple

  8. induction cooktop says on :

    The glass top of the Nuwave Cooktop is easy to clean with a
    simple wet rag or cloth when you do spill on it and the sides and even buttons can be cleaned
    with a wet cloth. This article has been flagged as spam, if you think this is an error please contact
    us. It’s, based on some users, really secure for young children that are studying the way to cook.

  9. prostate support prostate health says on :

    There is certainly a lot to know about this topic. I really like all
    the points you’ve made.

    Here is my web blog prostate support prostate health

  10. marine dock box sale says on :

    You will probably recognise some or all of these as some as used
    more than others with very great success in carp baits:. The largest inland body of water found in Maryland is Deep Creek Lake.
    The exception to this rule is when fishing structure, there will always be a
    calm spot behind structure that cat fish rest in and it
    will be natural for your bait to settle in this area.

    My blog post :: marine dock box sale

  11. best moving companies long distance las vegas says on :

    They come in all shapes and sizes, plus many come with attachments to make traversing stairs even a piece
    of cake. Generally, two types of storage facilities available for you, which are self storage
    and mobile storage. I think i – Pad would be the most wonderful X-mas gift this year.
    For this reason many people make an effort to be brokers of freight companies.
    It is important for the crew to be aware of
    the handling procedures when it comes to high tech gadgets and furniture.
    You can even present some gift vouchers of spa to take the pleasure
    of relaxation on their birthday. As we all knows that engine is a powerful machine
    infect we can say that our vehicle is nothing without engine so
    engine play an important role in our vehicle. The services that clients can hire
    are: packing, loading, unloading, rearrangement, unpacking,
    transportation, storage, insurance, warehouses, etc.
    Other than working with all these made to order lanyards with regards to marketing,
    they can be made use of by lots of providers so that
    you can discern its team people. For example, a pharmaceutical manufacturer may invest in new 1,000-litre capacity reactor vessels,
    a property company purchases a 500-vehicle capacity city-centre car park, and a ‘multiplex’ cinema is built
    with 10 screens and a total capacity of 2,500 seats.

    Here is my web-site: best moving companies long distance las vegas

  12. no weight loss hcg diet says on :

    It has been used to fight off the common cold, the flu and even the
    devastating Plague in Europe during the 1300s. Physically, because it wrecks
    havoc to your body systems that have to attune different metabolic, circulatory and
    gastrointestinal processes in between relatively short periods of
    time. Bones and nails are also strengthened, which is an important factor that effects more
    than your appearance.

    Feel free to visit my site; no weight loss hcg diet

  13. Stacy says on :

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this web site needs much more
    attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks
    for the info!

  14. gifts says on :


    Natural Health News by Dr. Joseph Mercola

  15. look at this says on :

    This is the perfect bblog for anyone who reakly waznts
    to find out about this topic. You understand so much its almost
    hard to ague witth you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a fresh spiun on a subject which has been written about for decades.
    Excellent stuff, justt excellent!

    Feeel freee to visit my web-site – look at this

  16. Am I Drinking Clean Water? | Barefood Angel says on :

    disease such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple

  17. What’s in Your Water? | Barefood Angel says on :

    disease such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple

Leave a Reply