5 Food Rules for Chronic Pain

myplatepicblogCan a change in diet help ease aches and discomfort? Probably.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, depression and more. While treatment with medicines can relieve some symptoms, many say that following a throughful diet can help with the rest, or even replace medicines over time.

And research shows that even if you don’t have Fibromyalgia, you may reduce similar symptoms with some small changes in diet. Check out these five food rules that may help you keep your body balanced.

1. Cut back on the caffeine. There is pretty good research that stimulants like caffeine are linked to temporary imbalance of brain chemicals, some of those that can deprive you of sleep or cause fatigue. Caffeine may give you a quick boost, but it’s borrowing again future energy reserves.

2. Eat fresh. Eating preservative and additive-free foods can ease fibromyalgia symptoms (like irritable bowel syndrome) in increase the health of your skin and body tissues.

3. Go fish. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and other fish help reduce inflammation and help brain function.

“Medication tends to reduce muscle pain, fatigue, & other symptoms by 30- 50%. Many patients turn to diet & lifestyle changes for added relief.” Health.com (2013)

4. Go gluten-free. Avoiding yeast and gluten, found in many baked goods, can help. Glutens are harder to digest and the fungus in yeast can cause your digestive system to work harder than it needs to.

5. Curb carbs. A low-carb, low sugar diet will help. About 90% of fibro patients have low adrenal functioning, which affects the metabolism of carbohydrates.

Of course there are other foods to consider cutting back on or avoiding altogether–some people are sensitive to dairy products, some to artificial sweeteners, junk food. The MYPLATE model (choosemyplate.gov) offers some info on how many carbs you should eat for your weight, age and health.

Fibromyalgia is very common and a healthy diet will help.

So will massage. Our fibro clients report feeling better, sleeping better and far less day-to-day pain. And they’ve found that the affects are longer term if they receive a weekly or biweekly.  We regularly use therapeutic massage to ease aches and pains of all kinds.  Couple that with dietary changes and you may have the relief you’ve been looking for.

We would be happy to talk with you about your needs. Come give us a try. A pain-free life is a better life.