Fibromyalgia Diet

Fibromyalgia is described as a complex array of symptoms rather that an illness. These symptoms consist of chronic joint and muscle pain, and overwhelming fatigue that is not relieved no matter how much rest the suffer receives. Fibromyalgia affect four per cent of the population. Most of this four per cent is women. Fibromyalgia has no known cause and no universal treatment.
Kent Holtorf M.D. states that diet plays a role in fibromyalgia, but the same diet does not work for everyone. Other experts agree that avoidance of certain foods may lessen pain intensity as well as the vicious cycle of fatigue.
An article on WebMD lists seven foods to avoid. They are aspartame, MSG and nitrates, sugar especially high fructose corn syrup, caffeine,yeast and gluten, dairy products, especially milk, and foods from the nightshade plants including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes. Mary Moeller agrees that nitrates, aspartame, sugar, and caffeine should be avoided. She also adds avoiding fried foods, carbonation, alcohol, tobacco, sun exposure, and liquids with meals.
Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. lists twelve foods to avoid. They are dairy products, chocolate and caffeine, eggs, citrus, all meats including chicken and fish, wheat, nut and peanuts, tomatoes, onions, corn, apples,and bananas. Gary Zeolla, author of “Creationist Diet” purports a combination vegan diet.
All of these experts agree that not all avoidance works for all people. What may be a trigger for one person may not be for another. It is a system of trial and error.
One may ask why certain foods should be avoided. In the following paragraphs this will be discussed.
First, aspartame and nitrates are know as excitotoxins. Both of these substances stimulate pain receptors in the nervous system therefore intensifying pain symptoms of fibromyalgia. Avoidance of these substances would aide the already over stimulated pain receptors.
Sugar should be avoided because feeds the yeast fungus already present in the human body. Carbonation should be avoided because it helps sugar go into the bloodstream faster. The combination of sugar and carbonation is a double blow to the fibromyalgia sufferer. Elimination of sugar also helps control blood sugar levels which helps lessen chronic fatigue. It stops the cycle of elevated blood sugar then the sudden drop when the sugar wears off.
Caffeine should be avoided because it is a stimulant and gives a false burst of energy. When the effects of the caffeine wear off chronic fatigue is worse. Soft drinks which contain sugar or aspartame, caffeine, and carbonation are a triple threat to the fibromyalgia sufferer.
Breads are another triple threat. Many of them contain sugar, yeast, and gluten. A gluten intolerance causes stomach and digestive problems. Eliminating gluten form ones diet has been shown to help fibromyalgia and non-fibromyalgia patients alike.
Dairy products, especially milk, can escalate fibromyalgia symptoms. Two of the three expert agree that dairy should be avoided. the same two also agree that foods from the nightshade plants, such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant should be avoided. The reason for this was not given.
Omega-3 foods such as fish oil, flax seed, walnuts and eggs were encouraged to be added to the diet. These foods seemed to help fibromyalgia sufferers lessen their symptoms.
In conclusion, foods that may help or hurt fibromyalgia sufferers are as different as the symptoms of each person. The best advice is to try elimination of known trigger foods and keep the pattern that works for the individual patient.

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