Chronic pain is a pervasive issue, and fibromyalgia is a very common form. It is a chronic condition whose symptoms include muscle, tissue pain, fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbances.
Recent data suggests that the central sensation, in which neurons in your spinal cord become sensitized by inflammation or cell damage, may be involved in the way fibromyalgia sufferers process pain. Certain harmful chemicals in the foods you eat may trigger the release of neurotransmitters that heighten this sensitivity.
1. Limit Sugar and Artificial sweeteners
High insulin levels can worsen pain and inflammation. Limit all sugars and hidden sugars from your diet. We all get a sugar craving every now and again, try eating whole fresh, delicious fruits. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sorbitol, and xylitol are sugar-free, they contain other compounds that can mess up your sensitivity to pain and can trigger irritable bowel syndrome. To avoid hidden sugars make your own sauces, and eat whole foods.
2. Avoid Caffeine
Chronic pain and fibromyalgia are often linked to inadequate sleep and fatigue. So most patients get tempted to drink more coffee to get them through the day. Coffee may seem to work, but it can do much harm in the long run.
3. Avoid yeast and gluten
Yeast and gluten can be found in many baked goods and can cause the growth of yeast and fungus that can contribute to pain.
4. Eliminate dairy
Dairy and other animal products contain a special type of protein that may contribute to arthritis or fibromyalgia. Thi protein irritates the tissue around joints and can worsen pain. Many chronic illnesses have been solved by going vegan.
5. Cut down the refined carbohydrates
Carbs, just as sugars, will increase insulin levels and may worsen fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. So opt for a low-carb, low-sugar plant-based diet as much as you can.
6. Alcohol and Tobacco
These can lead to all sorts of ailments, including some that affect your joints. Smokers are at higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, while people who drink alcohol on a daily basis have a higher risk of developing gout.
7. Watch Out For Food Additives
Food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) cause more problems for patients with chronic pain. They stimulate pain receptors and increase pain. MSG is a high-sodium flavor often added to fast food and pre-packaged foods to improve their taste.