Fibromyalgia: a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and tenderness in specific areas.
One of the most important things you can do to fight the symptoms and pain associated with fibromyalgia is to improve your overall health and well-being. Eating a well-rounded diet is a good idea for anyone—whether or not you have fibromyalgia. What you eat—or don’t eat—can help relieve symptoms. Although there isn’t a magic food to prevent fibromyalgia flare-ups, a fibromyalgia diet can make a world of difference.
Find out from the IMS team which foods can offer fibromyalgia relief, and which should be banned from your table.
5 Fibromyalgia Diet Tips
Vitamin D can be vital to fibromyalgia patients. Studies have shown that those deficient in vitamin D can often suffer from bone and muscle pain. Get your daily vitamin D with these foods: tuna, salmon, dairy products, soy milk, cheese, eggs and orange juice.
Stay Away From Additives
A fibromyalgia diet full of natural foods is very important. Additives—like preservatives and coloring—tend to aggravate symptoms. That’s why you may notice a flare up after Chinese takeout and diet soda.
Opt for Omega-3s
Omega-3 is the “good fat” found in walnuts and cold-water fish. Omega-3s are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. As an added bonus, it’s great for your heart health too! If you don’t like fatty fish or walnuts, try adding some flaxseeds to your oatmeal or cereal in the morning instead, another great source of Omega-3s.
One of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms is fatigue, so you may think that reaching for a cup of coffee is the perfect way to combat this symptom. However, caffeine can exacerbate the problem instead of fix it. You get that boost, than the drop-off. Too much caffeine can also cause headaches or interfere with sleep.
Fill up on Fruit
Fruits are complex carbs. This means that they’ll give you the necessary energy to get you through your day. Pick some fruit to get an energy boost. Add them into each meal, for a snack or swap them for your usual dessert.
Try out these fibromyalgia diet tips to help you avoid fatigue and boost your energy!
If you have fibromyalgia, you don’t have to go it alone. Make an appointment with IMS Pain Management to get back to living life to the fullest today!