Fibromyalgia is a chronic rheumatic disease that affects the muscles, tendons and ligaments. However, the symptoms vary from person to person, and can range from muscle spasms, tingling or burning sensation in the skin, muscle pain, irritable bowel syndrome, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression.
There is a lot to learn about fibromyalgia, and thus medical science does not have solid evidence as to what causes it, and neither does it have a cure. But there are many things that each individual can do to help keep the symptoms under control, and to even cure the disease. One of the things that they can do is avoid certain foods, and they include:
Dairy and Dairy Products
Dairy and dairy products are said to be very good due to the high amounts of calcium that they contain. However, the calcium is not readily absorbed into the body, as vitamin D is needed in order to absorb it. Studies show that many fibromyalgia sufferers are deficient in vitamin D, and thus they cannot absorb all the calcium from the dairy.
In addition, dairy is high in acids that need to be neutralized with calcium. As a result the body draws calcium from the bones in order to prevent the bloodstream from becoming too acidic. Thus in case of a vitamin D deficiency dairy can cause the body to lose more calcium than what it can absorb.
Furthermore, studies show that those who suffer from fibromyalgia have high levels of lactic acid built up in the muscle tissues. Lactic acid comes from dairy, and it can also build up if the muscle tissues do not receive enough oxygen.
Sufficient amounts of calcium can be obtained naturally from dark green vegetables as well as nuts and seeds.
Meats are also good, as they provide the body with all the proteins that it needs. However, meats can become toxic during the cooking process. According to studies, those with fibromyalgia have high levels of toxins in the body, and thus they should avoid as many toxins as possible.
A great alternative to meats are avocados, as they contain all the amino acids that the human body needs to build its own complete proteins. Dark leafy greens, beans and nuts and seeds are also excellent sources of proteins.
Processed and Fast Foods
Most processed and fast foods contain artificial ingredients, which are toxic to the body and can aggravate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These ingredients include preservatives, food colorants, artificial flavorings and many more.
Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
Sugar and sugar substitutes are not only toxic, but they also can interfere with sleeping, mood swings and contribute to depression and anxiety. Thus any foods and drinks that contain unnatural sugars should be avoided. These include baked goods, most deserts, cereals, candy, processed chocolate, sodas and most boxed or canned fruit juices.
Caffeine and Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol in moderation are not necessarily unhealthy, but they can interfere with sleeping.
Caffeine may be necessary to help the patient wake up in the morning, but it should be avoided 12 hours before bedtime if possible, as it can stay in the body for that long.
Alcohol is a natural sedative that can help with falling asleep, but it can cause sleep disruptions during the second half of the sleeping cycle. Thus the overall time spent sleeping is reduced, which can cause fatigue during the day.