Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread muscle aches and pains often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbance, depression and more. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Fibromyalgia is more common in women than men. While treatment with medicines can relieve some symptoms, many say that following a careful diet can help with the rest, or even replace medicines over time. Here are a few tried and true dietary fixes:
- 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.
- Eat fresh. Eating preservative and additive-free foods can ease fibro symptoms (like irritable bowel syndrome) in increase the health of your skin and body tissues.
- Go fish. Omega- 3 fatty acids, found in salmon and other fish help reduce inflammation and help brain function.
- 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.
- 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.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but good nutrition, along with massage and other non-invasive treatments, can go a long way toward living with the symptoms. So will massage. Our massage clinic’s 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.