It's time to adopt healthy eating habits irrespective of if you have Fibromyalgia (FM) or not. Obesity is also another epidemic resulting from sedentary living and poor eating habits. The key to manage the pain associated with FM and to maintain a healthy BMI is to substitute anti-inflammation foods (fruits, veggies) for those that inflame (junk food!).
Fibromyalgia (FM) and its cause remains a mystery, but most studies suggest that FM is not the result of a single event but, rather a combination of many physical, chemical, and emotional stressors.
Is There A Perfect Diet?
The question regarding the best FM diet is intriguing since one might assume that the many causes should mean that there isn’t one dietary solution. But is that true? Could there be a “best diet” to help ease the symptoms of such a multi-faceted disorder?
Certainly, healthy eating is very important for all of us regardless of our current health condition. Obesity is rampant largely due to the fact that 60% of the calories consumed by the “typical” American center around eating highly inflaming food, including those that rich in sugar, omega-6 oil, flour, and trans fats (“SOFT” foods, if you will!).
Obesity has been cited as “an epidemic” largely due to kids and adults becoming too sedentary (watching TV, playing on electronic devices, etc.) and eating poorly.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods Are The Key
Perhaps the BEST way to manage the pain associated with FM and to maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index, or ratio between height and weight) is to substitute anti-inflammation foods for those that inflame. You can simplify your diet by substituting “fast foods” with fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.
So there you have it. It’s that simple. The problem is making up your mind to change and then actually doing it. Once that happens, almost anyone can easily “recalibrate” their calorie intake and adapt.
Benefits Other Health Conditions
The list of chronic conditions that result in muscle pain includes not only FM but also obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type II diabetes. Conditions like tension-type and migraine headaches, neck and back pain, disk herniation, and tendinopathies and many more respond very well to this simple change in the diet.
Not only have studies shown that chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes significantly benefit by following this simple dietary shift, but so does pain arising from the musculoskeletal system! This is because the human body is largely made up of chemicals, and chemical shifts are constantly taking place when we move.
If you reach for an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or naproxen and it helps, that’s because you are inflamed and the drug reduces the pain associated with inflammation. This is an indication that an anti-inflammatory diet will certainly as well, and that too without the negative side effects!