In an article titled Fibromyalgia the Diet Connection” which appeared on WebMD Michael McNett MD head of Fibromyalgia Treatment Centers of America said that fibromyalgia is not a specific disease. Rather Fibromyalgia is more like a symptom complex and different people seem to have different reasons why they get this symptom complex he said.” So what works for one person very often do not work for another. “But many people are finding relief by changing their diet.
Fibromyalgia affects nearly 4% of the US population and the majority of sufferers are women. It is characterized by muscle and joint pain and overwhelming fatigue. Unfortunately people who suffer from this disease never get enough rest to feel relief.
Nutritionist Samantha Heller MS RD who also appeared in the same article on WebMD recommends eating a diet low in saturated fat. Lean meats fresh fruits and vegetables are also recommended.
Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine published a study in 2001 that stated people who either ate a vegetarian diet or a whole foods diet found that their fibromyalgia symptoms reduced.
When you follow a vegetarian diet look for alternatives to meat for good sources of protein. Legumes such as pinto beans kidney beans navy beans black beans are all excellent. Lentils are also recommended.
Other good sources of protein are: nuts seeds chicken turkey seafood fish eggs and whole grains. Eat lean fish and eggs also provide extra omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.
Choose vegetables that are dark green such as spinach turnip greens collard greens and broccoli for extra nutrients. Other good vegetables include squash cauliflower celery carrots corn green beans wax beans and peas. Choose fresh fruits like apples oranges grapefruit strawberries cranberries blackberries raspberries and.
Sweeteners containing aspartame should be avoided because aspartame could exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. Aspartame may help stimulate the pain receptors in the nervous system.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) additives and nitrates should not be used. Foods that may contain these substances include some Asian food ham Bologna and bacon. Additives may also increase the stimulation of pain receptors.
Chronic yeast infections are often a secondary symptom of fibromyalgia. Foods that can aggravate the spread of yeast is sugar fructose and simple carbohydrates. Yeast can also add chronic yeast infections and should not be eaten by fibromyalgia patients. Blood sugar also lead to fatigue a side effect that fibromyalgia sufferers want to avoid.
food and beverages containing caffeine such as coffee tea soda and chocolate should also be avoided. The quick burst of energy provided by these drinks can be made into a hard crash leaving fibromyalgia sufferer extremely tired.
Even tomatoes peppers potatoes and eggplants been associated with arthritis flares they are high in nutritional value and should be eaten if they do not seem to trigger pain.
Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids are useful for alleviating the symptoms fibromyalgia. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids is fish oil flaxseed walnuts and eggs. Take a good multi-vitamin is also an important way to alleviate symptoms.”