The foods you select can help control the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Healthy choices, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and foods high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including certain fish and nuts), can improve your overall well-being, which may contribute to a decrease in fibromyalgia pain. It is also important to avoid foods that may be aggravating to this condition. Doctors recommend keeping a food journal to keep track of what you eat and how you feel afterwards to identify foods that contribute to flare-ups. Some common triggers to watch out for include corn (and corn byproducts such as high-fructose corn syrup), peanuts (which may contain inflammatory toxins introduced in processing), and food additives such as MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame, and nitrates (commonly found in processed meats). Some fibromyalgia sufferers find that going grain-free helps minimize the blood sugar regulation problems that are often a part of this painful syndrome. Simple carbs and sugars should be avoided when possible, and even whole grains may have a negative effect. And while cutting out gluten can be of benefit for people suffering from fibromyalgia-related fatigue, it’s important to read the labels of foods labeled gluten-free, as some of these contain starches sourced from potato or tapioca, to which some people are sensitive. Other potential triggers to avoid include caffeine and yeasts. While this list is long and intimidating, individuals do not necessarily need to avoid all the items above. Taking the time to carefully observe your own responses to each food will give you all the information you need to choose wisely in order to make a positive impact on your health.
Suffering from Fibromyalgia? Here are some tips on foods to eat or avoid to help improve your pain. #HealthStatus