There’s an old saying that goes, “You are what you eat.” We are learning this to be true as more research is linking the effects of illness to food intake. As with many other illnesses, there are foods that can aggravate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Alternatively, some foods aid in easing the pains of fibromyalgia. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of the fibromyalgia diet.The good, the bad, and the ugly of the #fibromyalgia diet. #chronicillness #fibrodiet Click To Tweet
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There are many good foods for fibromyalgia. They are grouped into categories by what they do.
- pineapple, pineapple juice
- sweet potatoes
- greens such as brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, broccoli
- healthy fats such as wild fish, olive oil, and omega-3
Overall body aches
- olive oil (get olive oil with added herbs or lemon for a boost of support)
- red grapes
- tart cherries or tart cherry juice
- honey (for added convenience, try honey sticks or honey spoons for your teas or other beverages)
- sweet potatoes
- chamomile: body aches, sleeping (I drink honey vanilla chamomile for the added sweetness.)
- ginger: anti-inflammatory, nausea (The Lemon Ginger tea makes it taste better and the lemon is also good for the body.)
- lemon: stress
- peppermint: bloating and headaches
These foods are bad for fibromyalgia, but are okay to eat if eaten less often and in small moderations.
- lunch meat
There are some foods that are frowned upon for fibromyalgia. These foods aggravate fibromyalgia and can lead to flare ups. Avoid these foods if you have fibromyalgia.
- processed foods
- foods rich in sugars
- additives such as MSG
- fried foods
- red meats
- fast food
Nightshade vegetables should also be avoided. These vegetables are:
- bell peppers
- potatoes (not to be confused with sweet potatoes which are good for fibromyalgia)
Avoid these foods with #fibromyalgia and #ChronicPain #FibroDiet Click To Tweet
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