Fibromyalgia and Diet

Fibromyalgia and Diet

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    In a very small preliminary study involving people with nerve impingement syndromes, burn injuries, and fibromyalgia, omega-3 fatty acids from fish appeared to significantly reduce pain. More research is needed to confirm the pain-relieving benefit of omega-3, but ask your doctor whether a fish oil supplement is worth trying for your fibro pain -- and at what dose. You can also add more cold-water fish to your diet, like salmon and tuna.
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    There is no research suggesting you should avoid yeast or gluten as part of your management of fibromyalgia, despite the number of websites claiming a connection between yeast and/or gluten and fibromyalgia. Anecdotal evidence has linked an overgrowth of yeast with fibromyalgia, but experts have not confirmed a connection between the two. The same goes for gluten, a wheat protein found in many baked goods, which can be a problem for people with an allergy to gluten, also known as celiac disease.
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    There's no evidence that caffeine aggravates fibromyalgia -- but too much of the stuff can cause dips and spikes in energy throughout the day, give you the jitters, exacerbate tummy troubles, and make it hard to sleep. So you might want to nix the java or keep it to a morning ritual if you have caffeine sensitivity. If you suspect caffeine could be causing you trouble, try weaning yourself over a few days, and track your symptoms in a journal.
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    A balanced diet filled with healthy nutrients can help you stay well. Still, there is no diet "cure" for fibromyalgia. When you plan your meals, include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to get a diet high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight destructive chemicals in the body called free radicals. Experts believe that low antioxidants in the body may relate to an increase in muscle pain and greater fatigue. Some compounds such as malic acid in apples have been found to be helpful for fibromyalgia. Also, avoiding preservatives or additives is important, as many people with fibromyalgia have a sensitivity to chemicals in food. 
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    The simple fact is that sugary foods aren't good for anyone, certainly not in the large quantities we tend to consume them in the United States. That includes people with fibromyalgia. You may find websites proclaiming that people with fibromyalgia should avoid sugar at all costs. The truth is that the link between fibromyalgia and diet isn't well understood. Limiting the amount of soda pop, candy, cookies, and other sugary foods you eat makes sense for your all-around health. But you shouldn't feel guilty for enjoying a small piece of chocolate or a slice of cake at a birthday party now and then.
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    There is no "miracle" diet for fibromyalgia -- and beware of claims that eating certain foods will treat or cure this condition. Instead, following a healthy, well-balanced diet is the best plan for people with fibromyalgia. Be sure to include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you eat meat, chose lean cuts. Avoid caffeine, alcoholic beverages, and excessive sugar, which may irritate muscles and worsen your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about choosing a diet that's right for you.
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