Fibromyalgia and Diet: Can eating right reduce the symptoms?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome or FMS is often characterized by extreme chronic pain, fatigue and a sort of “tenderness” that can often be felt throughout the body. It affects roughly 6% of the US population and is often deemed to be incurable by Doctors who insist on prescribing only painkillers with no real long-term solution or hope.
In this article we will look into how improving your diet can, in fact, be a great step in combating your Fibromyalgia symptoms such as:
- Chronic tiredness
- Trouble sleeping
- Morning stiffness
- Problems concentrating or memory issues (sometimes called “fibro fog”)
- Painful menstrual periods
- Intense or chronic pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
The Causes of Fibromyalgia
Experts claim the real cause of Fibromyalgia is largely unknown, in some cases it’s genetic while in some instances, extreme stress is the catalyst.
According to the NIH (National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases), the causes of Fibromyalgia are largely “unknown”, but are commonly linked to:
- Stressful or traumatic events
- Illness or certain diseases
- or, repetitive injuries
That said, studies done by Dr Sebi and other such experts in human health and nutrition show that Fibromyalgia may be caused by a severe imbalance in our bodies’ pH balance, which in turn causes inflammation leading to problems such as irritable bowel, Fibromyalgia and possibly cancer.
So what can we do to move past it, is there a real long-term way to beat this thing without the constant need for painkillers?
Let’s start with the things that we can control, namely our diet and eating habits.
Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia
A natural remedy by definition is natures way of alleviating and possibly curing a condition, and while this sometimes conjures up images of a quick fix or detox elixir, the reality is the best natural remedy for Fibromyalgia you will find starts with a proper diet that you stick to in the long-term. It has to work for you, it’s no good you reading a bunch of information, implementing it for a week then falling back into old habits.
Below are a few starter points to keep in mind, food affects our brains as well as our bodies, so some of this stuff should definitely help with ‘fibro fog’.
- Put more anti-inflammatory nutrients into your body
- You may need to eat less wheat, consume less gluten
- Consider any nutritional imbalances in your diet – perhaps more Magnesium, Vitamin D, or Vitamin C is needed
Acid and Alkaline in Your Diet
Even though it is scientific fact that an acidic body is more prone to sickness and that an alkaline diet has proven health benefits – the pH balance in our bodies seems to be often overlooked by modern medicine as a potential root cause for a whole host of modern-day health issues.
It almost makes you sick just thinking about how a 7-day course of pharmaceutical drugs could be recommended over a daily main course of natural alkaline rich meals, especially when a patient clearly has bad eating habits or trouble with food.
That’s just it though, most are desperate for a quick solution and who could blame them, looking for something to tide them over while the real issues still persist under the surface. This, in turn, may then be exploited by anyone on the profiting side, big pharma companies or even doctors.
Take a look at the chart, how many of the acidic foods/drinks are you consuming on a daily basis?
It’s so important to be honest with yourself here, most of us like to think there’s nothing wrong with a cup of coffee every morning for example.
Getting Started on an Alkaline-based Diet
Firstly it’s important to recognize that the word diet has no negative connotations associated with it and that there is nothing wrong with monitoring your diet.
It’s just like professional athletes, movie stars, CEOs, the rich and wealthy etc., all have nutritionists and people to prepare their meals and help keep their diet in check, they don’t all sit around drinking Pepsi as they would have us believe.
Before you really dive into things you need to up your knowledge on which foods are high acid and which are alkaline.
What about meat?
Because meat is an acid-forming food it should ideally be cut out but that may not be for everyone, in which case try to limit yourself to chicken.
Again, it’s essential you create a realistic plan, long-term improvement, however slight, is better than a short-term success that doesn’t last.
Remember Fibromyalgia and the symptoms of it could partially come from a lifetime of doing things in a certain way, eating, living and moving about daily life – in other words, you have to give your new diet and eating routine chance to take effect and your body to start to recover.