Foods That Could Worsen FibromyalgiaSEMGeeks
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, along with fatigue, trouble sleeping, memory problems and mood issues. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, researchers believe that the condition has to do with how the brain processes pain signals.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are various medications, therapies and lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms. One we’re going to talk about today is diet. The foods you eat affect the inflammation in your body, so there’s some foods to avoid and some to add to your diet.
What Types of Foods Should I Avoid with Fibromyalgia?
Inflammation is a trigger for pain, so the goal of a fibromyalgia diet is to avoid inflammatory foods. By replacing these foods with anti-inflammatory options like berries and leafy greens, it’s possible to prevent flare-ups. Here are some food types to avoid:
- Sugar. Research shows that eating foods high in sugar can increase fibromyalgia pain because they put excess stress on the body, contributing to pain, obesity and inflammation.
- Carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates (white rice, breads, pastries) are digested quickly, causing blood sugar levels to spike. But this doesn’t last long. Blood sugar levels then drop and you’ll feel hungry again, making pain and fatigue worse.
- Processed foods. Sugar and unhealthy fats are common in processed foods, and these can increase inflammation. Also, processed foods contain flavorings and preservatives that can trigger food sensitivities.
- Unhealthy fats. Vegetable oil, safflower oil, peanut oil and corn oil can worsen fibromyalgia symptoms because they are inflammatory, especially when used to fry foods.
- Alcohol. Drinking alcohol can also trigger inflammation, so it’s best to drink in moderation, if at all. Also, combining some medications with alcohol can lead to adverse side effects.
Worst Foods to Eat When Suffering from Fibromyalgia Pain
Now that you know the types of foods you should stay away from when are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, let’s look at some specific foods you should start cutting from your diet right away:
- MSG and nitrates (food additives)
- Simple carbohydrates
- Red meat
- Caffeine, including tea, coffee, soda and chocolate
- Yeast and gluten
- Dairy products
- Nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers)
Contact Jersey Rehab for More Ways to Treat Fibromyalgia Pain
To manage your symptoms, it’s best to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods contain vitamins and antioxidants that fight free radicals and keep the body normalized. Other foods to add to your diet include whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins.
If you feel that your symptoms are still not managed with a healthy diet and medication, contact Jersey Rehab for an appointment. We have three convenient locations and can schedule your appointment within 24 hours.