Understanding Fibromyalgia Foods To Avoid

By Lonnie Whitcher
Updated July 21, 2016
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Understanding Fibromyalgia Foods To AvoidUnderstanding Fibromyalgia Foods To Avoid:

Very little is known about fibromyalgia, which means it is also very difficult for nutritionists to have any real clarity on the influence of diet and nutrition. As such, no definitive list of fibromyalgia foods to avoid exists. That said, it is known that the condition is not classed as an auto immune disease. Rather, it is one that affects centralized pain reception sensitivity. Essentially, the brain receptors that pick up on the signals of the nerve endings become hyper sensitive. This means that certain parts of the body start to experience near constant pain.

Sometimes, taking anti-inflammatory drugs can help. However, some research has now shown that anti-inflammatory foods are better able to provide this relief than over the counter and prescription drugs. Food is full of complex chemical carriers, as well as elements that work together with the body's own natural processes, complementing each other and enhancing outcomes. Because of this, there is now some suggestion about fibromyalgia foods to avoid and those that can be consumed. Let's take a look at some of the suggestions.

Fibromyalgia Foods to Avoid:

1. Alcohol

Alcohol, which many people have observed to trigger flares of fibromyalgia. However, the key is dosage, not in the least because some alcoholic products, like red wine, have benefits as well. Hence, one to two small glasses of red wine per day may actually make you feel better.

2. Caffeine

Caffeine, which can stress your adrenal glands and your liver. Coffee and tea generally contain high amounts of caffeine so opt for decaf coffee or tea.

3. Sugar

Sugar, which can stress a variety of systems. Try to replace it with stevia as much as possible. If you're going to have sugar in your diet, make sure it comes from natural foods such as fruits.

4. Processed Foods

Any processed food, which is generally full of salts and sugars such as deli meat, pre-chopped vegetables, canned fruits in their own juice, canned tuna, and frozen fruit and vegetables.

5. Foods That Trigger Allergies

Foods that commonly trigger allergies, particularly because it is likely that you have some sort of digestive disorder if you suffer from fibromyalgia. Hence, avoid anything that triggers headaches, diarrhea, or pain. It is believed that this is likely to be caused by caffeine, MSG (monosodium glutamate), chocolate, food coloring, dairy products, shrimp, yeast, gluten, corn, soy, and any type of food additive, including aspartame. All of these products tend to be found in processed foods.

Foods that Can Be Eaten:

Looking at that list of things to avoid, it would be easy to think there is virtually nothing left to enjoy. In reality, however, there are a number of foods that you can add to your diet that have the potential to make you feel a lot better, and that are really tasty as well. Consider, for instance, the tryptophan found in turkey that helps with chronic fatigue. Seeds, cold water fish, and nuts are also high in tryptophan. Red raspberries and tart cherries are full of anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, and they help you sleep. Organ meats and sardines are high in Co-Q-10, which helps to relax the muscles. Extra virgin olive oil contains the anti-inflammatory EVOO. Sticking to a Mediterranean diet is also a very good idea. There are lots of fresh foods, which don't contain any dairy or bad fats. And if you insist on dairy, then Greek yogurt is a really good option.

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